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?

A 2017 study 1 on shoe insoles in the workplace concluded that insoles are shown to have a positive effect on stamina and balance. The way your foot interacts with the ground affects how your whole body carries pressure throughout the day. 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 even effect post-work pain levels. If the work boot's insole is flat, or compressed from wear, or allows your ankle to leave a neutral position, 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 2 that wearing shock absorbing insoles, like Protalus insoles, in a work boot can reduce the incidence of injury. Some people choose a cushion insole, but that is unlikely to provide any significant alignment correction to help reduce musculoskeletal injuries. The reason for this is that cushion insoles do not correct the position of the ankle and this means that if there are structures in the feet compensating for a poor standing position, they will continue to bear that pressure. After a short time the heat and pressure from working will compress the foam and it will lose even the shock absorption benefits that it may have offered at first. Protalus insoles offer shock absorption and alignment correction for anyone needing it and do no harm for those already in proper alignment.

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 an independant party 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 3 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 work boot insoles help with?

Along with making sure your body is maintaining proper alignment, shoe insoles can help with conditions such as plantar fasciitis 4 and flat feet 5 by providing arch support and distributing weight so that your feet and ankles can be in the best position support you all day.

1. Carley, P., Lachowski, S., & Mullin, E. (2017, September 30). Floor mats and insoles: Workplace considerations for safe dynamic standing. NorCal Open Access Publications Journal of Bones and Muscle Study. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick-Carley-2/publication/320851866_Floor_Mats_and_Insoles_Workplace_Considerations_for_Safe_Dynamic_Standing/links/59fddd62458515d0706a3434/Floor-Mats-and-Insoles-Workplace-Considerations-for-Safe-Dynamic-Standing.pdf.

2. 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

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

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

5. 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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