Stability Insoles

There are many different reasons people search for insoles but a lot of that can simply be boiled down to stabilization. When standing, the entire body rests on the base created by the foot and ankle. If the foot and ankle are unstable, or out of alignment, the entire kinetic chain may be affected from the knee to the hip, the back, and on up through the neck. Stability insoles work to align the structures of the foot and ankle in order to create stability.

What are stability insoles?

Stability insoles are shoe insoles that work to correct misalignment of the foot and ankle to provide a stable base for the body. Many people suffer from overpronation, where the ankle turns inward and the foot sits nearly flat on the ground, or oversupination, where the foot rolls outward and the weight of the body is carried by an unaligned ankle. These conditions can be painful and stability insoles use the technology built into their design to correct the position of the foot and ankle.

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Who needs stabilizing insoles?

Anyone who experiences foot overpronation 1, foot oversupination 2, or feels that they are stressing their body by, for example, standing on hard surfaces all day at work, can benefit from stabilizing insoles. Most bodies are not perfectly symmetrical and environmental factors, such as ill-filling footwear, can contribute to the position of our feet when we stand.

For Stability We Recommend:

The M-Series offers the greatest degree of cushion and arch support, can help redistribute pressure, and allow for better overall alignment. It is ideal for daily wear in regular volume shoes such as walking shoes, athletic trainers, and work boots. The M-Series incorporates Protalus's patented alignment technology to provide the stability and comfort you need.

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How do stabilizing insoles alleviate common footwear problems?

Not all footwear comes from the factory with insoles that are supportive and sometimes factory insoles are harmful because they do not have any support at all. There are other issues that poor fitting shoes can cause such as bunions or hammer toes if the toe box of the shoe is too narrow, or a higher liklihood for developing plantar fasciitis from wearing high heels too often. If the fit of the shoe is acceptable in that the shoe is not squeezing your toes and there is not a high heel adding pressure to the ball of your foot, then a stabilizing insole can help to provide the support and correction that your factory insole is not providing. But if you have a poor fitting shoe that lacks the volume you need for a comfortable fit, then the first step will be to switch shoes.

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What causes plantar fasciitis?

It is not entirely clear what causes plantar fasciitis but the leading theory is that small traumas to the tendon along the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar fascia, cause the tendon to become inflamed. The inflammation then causes pain and can be difficult to get under control. Activities that put strain on the foot and that tendon such as running, walking in high heels, and remaining in a state of misaligment on a daily basis may promote plantar fasciitis. Making sure your ankle and foot are in neutral positions, especially with heel-cup insoles, may work to prevent instability 3 and foot strain.

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How can stabilizing insoles help with foot and back pain?

Even though we tend to treat the systems in our bodies as seperate, even seeing different specialists for our feet versus our knees, everything is connected. Our lower kinetic chain, which is a way to describe the connected systems of our feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine, relies on each part of that system to work properly for harmonious operation. So if your foot is tilted, it might lead your leg to be off-kilter, which can affect the mechanics of your knee. And if the tilt is enough to affect your overall posture, you may find that one hip sits slightly lower than the other. In other words, if your feet and ankles are not properly aligned, you may experience knee pain, hip pain, or back pain. Correcting the alignment of your ankle with stabilizing insoles may also relieve that pain.

1. Malik, Manoj; Kaur, Jaspreet; Malik, Annu; Monika. (2017). Correlation between Foot Overpronation and Angle of Inclination of Hip Joint. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy . Oct-Dec2017, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p78-82. 5p.

2. McBride, S., Dixon, P., Mokha, M., & Cheng, M. (2019, July 22). The relationship between supination resistance and the kinetics and kinematics of the foot and ankle during gait. Retrieved December 01, 2020, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0966636219302796

3. Qu, X. (2014, July 15). Impacts of different types of insoles on postural stability in older adults. Retrieved December 01, 2020, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003687014001124

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