Work Boot Insoles

Standing and working on hard surfaces all day can be painful. Work boots don't always come with supportive insoles. Read below to find out what role insoles play in your foot comfort and health.

Do shoe insoles work?

The structure of a work boot is incredibly important when they are being worn for long hours, especially on hard surfaces. The insole of a boot can effect everything from balance to the wearer's stamina to post-work pain levels. If the work boot's insole is flat, or compressed from wear, adding an insole can provide the needed support.

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Are there different types of insoles for work boots?

It has been demonstrated 1 that wearing shock absorbing insoles, like Protalus insoles, in a work boot can reduce the incidence of injury. The insole helps to distribute the pressure put on the foot and reduces the stress felt by specific areas of the foot and ankle. Some people choose a cushion insole, but that is unlikely to provide any significant alignment correction or arch support.

For Work Boots We Recommend:

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

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What are the best insoles for work boots?

Work boot insoles should have structure and some alignment technology, not just padding. When a person wears a work boot with inadequate support, it can encourage their ankle to rotate to the inside or outside of the body. Working with this misalignment over many hours for many days on hard surfaces can cause pain and injury. Protalus insoles were evaluated by a third party 2 to provide the wearer with alignment correction to help redistribute the pressure and prevent injury.

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What are the best insoles for standing all day?

Standing all day can put a strain on the body's joints and making sure you have proper alignment of the kinetic chain is going to help prevent end of day aches and pains. Insoles with alignment technology and arch support will help your body maintain proper form while standing so you can have less discomfort.

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What conditions do shoe insoles help with?

Along with making sure your body is maintaining proper alignment, shoe insoles can help with conditions such as plantar fasciitis 3 and flat feet 4 by providing arch support and distributing weight so that your feet and ankles can be in the best position support you all day.

1. Lullini, G., Giangrande, A., Caravaggi, P., Leardini, A., & Berti, L. (2020). Functional Evaluation of a Shock Absorbing Insole During Military Training in a Group of Soldiers: A Pilot Study. Military Medicine, 185(5-6). doi:10.1093/milmed/usaa032

2. Shorten, M. (2019). Evaluations of Protalus Insoles, BioMechanica, LLC. Portland, Oregon.

3. Schwartz, E. (2014). Plantar Fasciitis: A Concise Review. The Permanente Journal. doi:10.7812/tpp/13-113

4. Haendlmayer, K. T., & Harris, N. J. (2009). (ii) Flatfoot deformity: An overview. Orthopaedics and Trauma, 23(6), 395-403. doi:10.1016/j.mporth.2009.09.006

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