Your feet are designed to support the weight of your entire body and are put under immense strain and pressure every day. The arch of your foot is designed to support your foot, absorb shock and plays an important role during the gait cycle helping to propel you forward when you walk. Your arch is made up of a ligament called the plantar fascia which is a strong, stretchy and fibrous ligament. Whilst this ligament usually does a good job at supporting your feet it can become damaged and inflamed if put under too much strain or pressure. The most common injury to the plantar fascia is plantar fasciitis.
One of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is because of a biomechanical imbalance when walking. Biomechanical imbalances such as overpronation (when the foot rolls inward too much when walking) cause excessive pressure and tension on the plantar fascia causing damage to it. If you have flat feet or a tight Achilles’ tendon you are also more prone to damaging the arch of the foot and developing plantar fasciitis. This is due to the ligaments in your foot being tighter than normal and as a result, increases the likelihood of overstretching the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis can cause mild to a more severe pain felt on the arch or heel of your foot. Usually, pain linked to plantar fasciitis is worse when taking the first steps of the day and gradually gets better as you walk more throughout the day. If left untreated plantar fasciitis will worsen and can in some instances become chronic. Luckily a pair of these arch support insoles will help to treat the underlining causes of plantar fasciitis helping to boost your recovery and prevent it from coming back.
These insoles provide your feet with an orthotic arch support that helps ease tightness in the arch and correct biomechanical imbalances that might be putting your feet under too much pressure. Built from shock absorbing materials these insoles will also help stop shock from damaging your feet and make running particularly more comfortable! Also features heel stabilizing technology that cups around your heel stopping your foot from slipping and moving around inside your shoes. This helps stop your feet from rubbing against the side of your shoes causing blisters and bunions to develop. Improved heel stability will also help to stop you from twisting or moving your ankle in a way that may damage or sprain it.
Frequently asked question
What foot injuries can these insoles help with?
These insoles are designed to correct the biomechanics of your feet and in doing so will help to treat and prevent a wide range of different foot, lower limb, hip and back problems including Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, runners knee, jumpers knee as well as hip and lower back pain.
What type of shoes would you recommend wearing these with?
These insoles are designed to fit into a range of different insoles. However, it is recommended that you wear these insoles inside shoes that give your foot plenty of room when wearing them. Wearing these insoles inside shoes that are too tight could cause foot issues such as hammer toes, bunions, blisters and heel spurs. Tight shoes can also affect the way that you walk and cause excessive strain on not just your feet but other parts of your body too. For the best effect, you should wear these insoles inside shoe or boots that have a strong, wide, supportive base, wide toe box with a heel that is no greater than 3 centimeters in height. If you are wearing high heels then we suggest wearing high heel gel insoles instead which are discrete and lightweight. If you are still unsure what shoes to wear then you can read our list of the top comfort shoes here.
Can I wear these on top existing insoles in my shoes?
It is not recommended that you wear these on top of other shoe inserts. Before wearing these insoles you should make sure that you remove any other insert from your shoe. Wearing these on top of other insoles can cause imbalances and can stop the insoles from properly working. If you require extra heel support Heel cup/pads and cushions can be placed on top of these insoles if needed.
Are these suitable for people with flat feet?
These insoles are ideal if you have flat feet. Having flat feet can make you more at risk of developing functional problems that can place extra strain on ligaments found in your feet such as the plantar fascia. These insoles have an inbuilt arch support that helps to restore balance to your feet and take the strain off your arches!
Are these better than wearing custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics can cost up to 10x the price and there is very little evidence that suggests custom orthotics are better for your feet than off the shelf ones. Some studies even suggest that custom orthotics can actually be harmful to your feet because they can support your feet in the position that is causing your foot problems. Custom orthotics can also give you too much support, weakening the supporting muscles in your feet making them more prone to overstretching and injury when not wearing them.
How long will these insoles last?
No pair of insoles will last forever. Over time the support that they provide will start to deteriorate and the effects that they have on your feet will weaken. Here at Shoewawa, we recommend that you replace your insoles every 2-3 months. However, it totally depends upon how often you wear them in your shoes. The more you use to wear the insoles the faster they will wear out and the sooner you will have to replace them.
What is is your returns policy?
If these insoles failed to ease your foot pain or you they were simply not what you were expecting you can send them back to us within 30 days of receiving your order using the returns address found on the package. When sending back the insoles please also include your name and email address so we know who to send the refund to.