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What do insoles do?

Shoe insoles can serve many purposes. Generally speaking, they provide the cushion and structure of the footbed in a shoe. Because this is the part of the shoe that your foot rests on, the shape of the insole can influence the internal structures of your foot. Imagine laying on your back on a flat surface. The shape your spine takes on will change if you add a large pillow under your lower back. The same is true of your shoes. If your shoe insole in entirely flat, it will not provide support to parts of your foot like your arch. But if the insole has some height added under the arch of the foot, it will help to support that part of the foot. Protalus has gone far to engineer an insole design specifically made to not only provide arch support but to encourage the proper alignment of the talus (ankle) bone. When this bone is well aligned, it helps the rest of your foot and even your other joints, like your knees and hips, to operate in alignment. People who suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis and neuropathy often seek ways to relieve the discomfort they feel by providing proper support and alignment to these areas. That is why Protalus stands out as a leader in insole design.

What is the difference between insoles and shoe inserts

The terms insoles and inserts are interchangable and refer to the same products. Some people may look for variations of these products like insoles for heels, arch support inserts, or insoles for running, but the general terms mean the same thing.

How do I know if I need insoles for my shoes?

Everyone can benefit from proper structure and support in their shoes because everyone has to maintain the health of their feet. The level of stucture that people need may vary, especially if there is a condition present such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet. If you have been diagnosed with a condition, it is best to check with a doctor to see if insoles are recommended. Often, shoe insoles can help with many foot conditions before resorting to surgery or medication. However, if you are seeking some relief from foot fatigue, some support for athletic shoes, more cushioned inserts for boots, or would like to proactivly maintain the health of your feet, you may want to add after-factory insoles. The insoles that come in shoes from the factory are often flat, unsupportive, or too thin. Those who stand all day at work or walk for long distances have likely experienced sore feet at the end of the day. But it doesn't need to be that way. A good pair of shoe insoles can help.

What is the best material for shoe insoles?

Shoe insoles can be made from a wide variety of materials such as gel or memory foam. The Protalus M-Series is made of four layers: Top Cloth - ETC anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, moisture wicking, anti-friction lining; Body - VA molded for contour, provides full length cushioning and comfort; Shank - Nylon with contoured shape for stability and support. engineered ridges for grip inside your shoe; Forefoot & Heel - Rogers Poron for enhanced long term cushioning comfort, superior shock absorption, and anti-microbial protection. There is no study that has been able to identify the one best material for shoe insoles because shoe insoles have many uses. Memory foam shoe inserts and gel inserts are popular but perform poorly in trials for plantar fasciitis though they do provide some basic shock absoption and cushioning. Inflexible materials provide a lot of structure but may not be practical for daily wear. Protalus has worked hard to find a combination of materials that allow for flexibility, provide structure, and have cushion for daily wear.


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We are so confident you will love your insoles that we offer a full 90 day "Love Them or Your Money Back" guarantee. At any time during the first 90 days if you don't love your new insoles contact our Customer Service team for answers and solutions. If we cannot offer you a solution, we will accept the insoles back for a full refund (minus any original shipping charges). Contact us directly for a prepaid return shipping label.

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No matter if you bought only one pair of insoles or several pairs, we ship for free to your door anywhere within the US. Does the size not fit you? No problem: for up to 90 days after your initial purchase we will happily exchange your product for a different size. And as always, we offer free returns: no matter how much you have used our insoles, if you are unhappy with your purchase we will refund your full money (minus any original shipping charges) at any time within 90 days from your purchase.

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