What can insoles help with?

There are a number of conditions and problems that insoles can help with, but what exactly are they? Find all the answers you need below, or simply click on the question you want to know the answer to.

Can insoles help Achilles tendonitis?

Insoles can help Achilles tendonitis and may reduce the pain associated with the condition. It is usually the result of a sports injury or overuse, and symptoms can include pain at the back of your heel when walking or running, pain when touched and swelling or redness on your heel. 

Supportive insoles may help to reduce the pain caused by Achilles tendonitis, as they provide more support and help to improve the alignment of your heel and ankle. 

Can insoles help back pain?

Insoles may help back pain, particularly if the pain is caused by improper posture, flat feet, or excessive activity. This particular study tested shoe insoles vs. placebo insoles to find out the effects on lower back pain. It found that for people who stand on their feet for long periods, 74% declared reduced back pain and aching feet when they wore insoles. 

Orthotic insoles could help to improve your posture, particularly when standing, and therefore reduce stress  and strain on the spine. 

Can insoles help hip pain?

Hip pain can be caused by a number of things, so insoles may not necessarily help your pain if it’s a result of arthritis, bursitis or fractures. However, if your pain is quite mild and caused by things like a muscular strain, flat feet/lack of arch support or improper alignment, insoles may be what you need to relieve some of the pain. 

Can insoles help knee pain?

Again there are lots of different causes of knee pain, so whether insoles can help may depend on why you’re in pain.

Insoles may be useful if the pain is caused by:

  • Poor foot posture
  • Improper alignment
  • Stress/shock transfer

Poor foot posture can lead to improper alignment, which could be a cause of your knee pain. Even a lack of ankle support can be a cause too. Insoles may be able to help with this and encourage your foot into a more stable, supportive position. 

Stress and shock transfer has a big impact on our knees, so you can try to reduce such stresses  with insoles that will cushion your feet and distribute the impact more evenly.  

Do insoles help with blisters?

Insoles can absolutely help with blisters, particularly if they’re a specially designed friction-reducing insole. This is an injury that’s caused by friction, so if you’re wearing a new pair of shoes or shoes that don’t fit you properly, you will likely cause damage to the skin in the form of a blister. The insole provides additional cushioning that gives the area time and space to heal. This will not only reduce the risk of infection, but may reduce the pain caused by the blister. 

They’re especially handy for those that are very active, such as runners, or those that spend a lot of time on their feet (postal workers, hairdressers, etc). 

Our ZeroSole Impact insoles (coming soon!) can help to reduce the pain of your blisters, or even prevent them from forming in the first instance, so you can go about your day. 

Can insoles help plantar fasciitis?

Insoles are a common treatment option for plantar fasciitis because they provide the support and cushioning required to reduce inflammation and pain at the heel

There are lots of different types of insoles you can get to treat this condition, so you may need to try a few to find the one that works best for you. The best insoles for plantar fasciitis will offer arch support and maintain their shape instead of compressing within just a few uses. You may need a firm insole for arch support, or a soft one if your heel is particularly sensitive or if a thin heel fat pad is the problem instead (this is when the fat pad under your heel bone reduces with age). 

Can insoles help sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of back pain that also shoots down into the leg and calf too. It can be very painful and there’s sometimes no rhyme or reason for its appearance. 

Insoles may help sciatica if it’s caused by poor posture or improper foot alignment. However, if it’s caused by a trapped nerve, then insoles likely won’t make much difference. 

Can insoles help shin splints?

Shin splints are generally caused by shock or impact, which is why the condition is something many runners struggle with. With this condition, you may experience pain along the front of your lower leg, up the tibia (shin) bone. In some cases, it may stop you from running altogether. Insoles can help shin splints by absorbing more of the shock when your feet hit the ground, reducing the impact on your ankle and shin and therefore improving your symptoms and pain. 

Insoles can certainly help a number of conditions that may be causing you pain. It’s always recommended that you seek advice from your doctor if you experience any new pain, or an existing pain is getting worse. They may be able to provide alternative treatment that could help you. 

What can insoles help with?
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Heather Smart

Heather began innovating offloading insoles and orthotic devices for diabetic foot ulcers as undergraduates. Her research provided instrumental data which sparked off further R&D projects relating to the ZeroSole Reliever insole, all of which has paved the way to developing numerous disruptive products, not just in the pharmaceutical retail sector, but in the medical sector too. As a founder, Heather is on a mission to make ZeroSole the go-to brand for innovative offloading (pressure-relieving) technologies that are effective, simple and easy to use.