Athletic Shoe Insoles

You don't need to be a professional athlete to wear athletic shoes. In fact, they are some of the most popular styles used for daily wear. But you may be surprised to learn that even some of the most expensive, high end athletic shoes won't provide the support you need. Some of the shoes on the market today are made with thin, nearly useless insoles that do not provide alignment correction or help with pressure distribution.

Who needs athletic shoe insoles?

If you wear athletic shoes, whether or not you have a high level of activity, it is worth checking out your shoes to see if the insoles are thin, flat pieces of fabric. This is because any shoes you wear can affect your body's alignment. Imagine that you have a wedge doorstop under one foot, you can imagine how that would change the way you hold the rest of your body. This actually happens often, but not to such an extreme degree. Most of us don't have perfect alignment in our bodies but good insoles can gently correct the issue, potentially relieving discomfort you are feeling from your feet all the way up your spine through your neck.

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Are insoles good for weightlifting?

When lifting weights, one of the most important things to pay attention to is your form. Most people who lift weights understand that if your form is off, you could get hurt because you are putting pressure on or stressing muscles that will not have the proper support to bear the weight. Alignment insoles for athletic shoes will not just correct your natural alignment issues, but will also help to distribute the pressure 1 of the weight on your feet.

For Athletic Shoes We Recommend:

The T-Series offers a moderate degree of arch support along with a slender, flexible design that fits well in a variety of shoes. The T-Series incorporates Protalus's patented alignment technology to provide the structure and comfort you need.

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Can athletic inserts prevent injury?

As we mentioned above, corrective insoles can help with your form when you are stressing your body during a high level of activity. But not all insoles are corrective or help prevent injury. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine 2 noted that insoles that only absorb shock do not seem to prevent injury, but insoles that have corrective technology are effective in preventing injuries overall and especially stress fractures.

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Can athletic insoles help you perform better?

Athletic performance is the product of a number of factors but it is common knowledge that proper form is desirable when it comes to engaging in physical activity. With that being said, there have been studies that look at the influence of insoles on running performance. It has been shown that insoles that help distribute load to seem to have a positive effect on performance 3. But more importantly, insoles that correct alignment will provide the conditions for the athlete to perform to their greatest potential without the hindrance of misalignment issues.

1. Tsung, B., Zhang, M., Mak, A., & Wong, M. (n.d.). Effectiveness of insoles on plantar pressure redistribution. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from http://ira.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/10397/6814

2. Bonanno, D., Landorf, K., Munteanu, S., Murley, G., & Menz, H. (2017, January 01). Effectiveness of foot orthoses and shock-absorbing insoles for the prevention of injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/2/86.short

3. Use of pressure insoles to compare in-shoe loading for modern running shoes. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00140130802239562

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