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  • #14988


    Hi guys, I started to get some really sharp nasty pain in the arches of my feet after I went running a few weeks ago, so Id decided to go see a doctor to see what was wrong. The doctor said that I had plantar fasciitis and that I should rest my feet and think about changing my footwear and buy some arch support insoles. I really do not want to buy some more shoes because my running shoes cost me a lot of money, so I have decided to just buy some new insoles. Looking online for a new pair of insoles has really put me in a spin, I am really confused because I really don’t know what insoles to buy because there are soooo many different types, I just don’t know where to start! So I thought Id ask you guys on your opinions and thoughts. So guys, what are the best insoles to buy for plantar fasciitis?

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    I don’t know if there is such thing as the “best” plantar fasciitis insoles because everyone feet are different and require different things. I have tried so many different types of insoles and can tell you what insoles to not buy.
    First on my list of insoles to avoid is Stride Insoles by Tread Labs, these insoles are really poorly quality when I bought a pair from amazon and started wearing them inside my running shoes they actually caused me more aches and pain and made my plantar fasciitis worse! The arch support on these insoles is an absolute joke because it is simply non existent, which is really bad especially if you have plantar fasciitis because arch support is really important.
    Next on my list of insoles to avoid are Superfeet insoles. I tried the Superfeet green ones because I read somewhere that have the best arch support and are good for running in. Turns out Superfeet insoles are a total con. The insoles were not rigid at all, the arch support just pushed my feet into an awkward and painful position and they are really bulky making them impossible to fit inside running shoes without making the running shoes extremely tight (which in itself can cause foot problems and injuries).
    You should also avoid the scholl and dr scholl insoles. These are real junk insoles that do not support your feet and are made on the cheap. Literally all you get is a floppy piece of plastic with a few holes and bumps in them. These insoles did not help one bit with my plantar fasciitis and after wearing them for 2 weeks I just had to take them out of my shoes because they just didn’t feel comfortable at all.
    I have also tried footactive insoles as well. These insoles were a bit cheaper than the other ones (at this point I was very tight on cash after wasting so much on the other insoles). Yet again these insoles did not help either. The arch support was too much, the insoles also said that they absorb shock but this was a lie because when running in them I could feel every little shock attack my feet.
    Don’t believe everything that you read on the internet especially when looking for insoles my advise to you would not get tricked by amazon affiliate scammers. There seems to be a lot of spam website on google if you search for “best plantar fasciitis insoles” all created by the same guy “reviewing ” the same cruddy insoles over and over again. Don’t believe anything you read on these sites because they are just lying to you, saying anything to get you to click their amazon affiliate link and buy from amazon… because then they get paid!
    For the time being I have actually given up trying to find a good pair of insoles because non have seen to work for me. Hopefully though you will have better luck than me.

  • #15028


    @jimena thanks for your great tips I will be sure to avoid those brands for sure. Does anyone else have any good suggestions on what to buy because my feet are still really hurting, I couldn’t even go into work today because my feet hurt that bad!

  • #15062


    @jen If you have plantar fasciitis and are looking for insoles to help treat it then if I was you I would find out exactly what is causing your plantar fasciitis and buy some insoles which deal in that problem. There are tons of different reasons why you might have got plantar fasciitis from biomechanical imbalances to simply not stretching properly before exercise. If you have biomechanical imbalances like over pronation or under pronation you will need insoles which correct this by re aligning and supporting your feet during the gait cycle. There are lots of insoles that do this but the best are plantar fasciitis insoles that are designed with a lot of arch support. If you are a runner then I would suggest you have a look at your running technique because sometimes just buying some fancy insoles will not always get rid of plantar fasciitis. I hope you get it sorted. All the best 🙂

  • #15064


    Does anyone know if custom made insoles will work?

  • #15065


    If I was you I would not go for custom made insoles. Not only are custom made insoles extremely expensive, I find that they will just support your feet in the position and alignment that is causing your plantar fasciitis. You need insoles that position your feet and correct your biomechanical imbalances! Also I believe that custom made insoles will tend to give your feet too much arch support and will not give your feet any room for them to strengthen on their own.. making you wholly reliant on them, which is far from a good thing.
    So ignore the snake oil online telling you that you need custom ones.

  • #15066


    When I had plantar fasciitis I found that the best insole by far were these ones as they give your feet really rigid support and absorb shock which really does help ease pressure off your arches whilst your feet heal up. If I was you I would buy those or at least buy some that are rigid around the arch to properly support the fascia of your foot but flexible around the heel so that your Achilles heel can flex and stretch out fully whilst you walk this is because a tight Achilles heel can cause the plantar fascia to also become tight which can cause plantar fasciitis. Hope this helps.

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