Shoe insoles, also known as footbeds or inserts, are removable cushioning layers that fit inside your shoes. They provide additional support and comfort to your feet by redistributing pressure and shock absorption. Insoles come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate different shoe types, foot arches, and conditions such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet.
Insoles can be made from a variety of materials such as foam, gel, cork, or leather. Some offer extra features like odor control or moisture-wicking properties for those who suffer from sweaty feet. For athletes or people with high-impact activities, there are sport-specific insoles designed to reduce stress on joints and improve performance.
Wearing the right type of shoe insert can help alleviate existing foot pain while preventing future injuries caused by poor alignment or insufficient cushioning. It’s important to note that not all insoles will work for everyone since personal preferences vary based on factors like shoe style preference and level of activity.
If you’re unsure which type of shoe insert is best for you, consult a podiatrist who can recommend custom orthotics tailored specifically to your needs.