21 August 2018

Insole Recommendations Broken Down By Foot Issue

We see a lot of our customers buying insoles. They have many different reasons for doing so, and each reason demands a different sort of product. Below are our top reasons to buy insoles and specific recommendations for each concern.

Plantar Fasciitis / Arch Pain

If you're suffering from foot arch pain due to plantar fasciitis or other problems, the answer is often a well-cushioned orthotic arch support. The best choices here are foam orthotic supports that offer either a rigid or semi-rigid footbed. We recommend semi-rigid arch supports for first-time buyers. These deliver a good blend of support, comfort, and flexibility. Rigid orthotic arch supports are ideal for experienced orthotic users who are looking for maximum support. Extra layers of foam are great for alleviating pain as long as you have room for them in your shoes. If your shoes are tight-fitting, try a low-profile insole for compact relief. To learn more about the best insoles for arch pain and plantar fasciitis, check out our Plantar Fasciitis Shoes and Insoles page.


Pronation is the technical term for the natural tendency of the feet to roll inward when you step forward. When the feet roll too far inward, the result is over-pronation. This may cause foot pain and a lack of stability. An orthotic arch support, either semi or fully-rigid, can help correct over-pronation by keeping the foot properly aligned. The right orthotics deliver support to both the heels and arches, and this will reduce or eliminate over-pronation. We suggest semi-rigid orthotics for first-time users. Rigid orthotic arch supports are best for buyers who are looking for the strongest possible support.

Extended Standing

When professional duties or other demands keep you standing for extended periods, you may develop foot pain. One effective solution to this problem is wearing a cushioned arch support for gentle support all day long. Cushioned arch supports reduce pressure on all parts of the foot. Foam insoles are especially good for reducing standing pain. You can find a complete list of insoles that help with pain from standing on our Insoles for Standing page.

Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma is a condition that manifests itself through sharp, tingling, or burning pains in the forefoot. The source of the pain is having a nerve in the area that is being compressed or irritated. If you have problems with Morton's Neuroma, forefoot padding can relieve the pressure being placed on your forefoot. Insoles and inserts that include metatarsal pads can be helpful in this area. Our Morton's Neuroma page has more details and a complete list of inserts and insoles that can help relieve the pain.

Metatarsalgia / Pain In The Ball Of The Foot

If you're experiencing pain in your forefoot from metatarsalgia or similar conditions, try an insole that includes good top-coat cushioning and a metatarsal pad. Cushioned arch supports often fit the bill. We find many customers can also benefit from added support. In these cases, a semi-rigid or rigid support can help. To relieve pain in the balls of your feet and pain caused by metatarsalgia, see the full insole list on our Metatarsal Insoles & Inserts page.

Morton's Toe / Hallux Rigidus / Hallux Limitus

Morton's Toe and the Hallux conditions (Rigidus and Limitus) can cause pain through unwanted toe flexing. You may find a stiff insole that prevents toe flexing to be very helpful. Most shoes have flexible toe-boxes that allow unwanted flexing. The right insoles can significantly reduce the amount of flex allowed or even eliminate it entirely. We've highlighted flex-reducing products that work with your existing insoles on our page for Morton's Toe, Hallux Rigidus, and Hallux Limitus.


Supination is also known as under-pronation. It happens when your feet roll too far outward when you walk. The foot's natural tendency is to roll inward slightly with each step. An outward roll of the foot can produce discomfort and/or pain. You can stop supination by using a semi-rigid or rigid orthotic arch support. These orthotics deliver constant support to preserve healthy foot alignment. Orthotic arch supports correct supination by delivering support to both the heels and the arches. This discourages supination. First-time orthotic wearers should start with a semi-rigid orthotic. Fully rigid orthotic arch supports are suitable for those who need the most aggressive levels of arch support.

Running / Walking / Shin Splints

People who experience shin splints or those who do significant amounts of running and walking need insoles that can handle support, flexibility, and shock absorption. Cushioned arch supports and semi-rigid orthotic arch supports can both do the job. Insole construction matters a great deal here. You need either an all-gel product or one that has significant gel padding on both the forefoot and the heel. An appropriate support insole will deliver the flexibility you need for varied activity. The insole's gel material works to absorb impact shocks and prevent fatigue damage to the knees and feet. See our Walking & Running Insoles page for a range of specific products suitable for use in these situations.

Diabetes / Arthritis

Diabetes and arthritis sufferers need insoles designed to safeguard their feet. The right insoles will not only cushion the everyday shocks your feet are subjected to but also encourage healthy circulation and feature maximum comfort. In order to address the specific features needed in a good diabetic or arthritic insole, we've listed all of the suitable products separately on our Diabetic and Arthritic Insoles page.

Heel Spurs / Heel Pain

If you have heel pain arising from heel spurs or other conditions, the right insole for you is one that delivers lots of cushioning on the heel of the foot. Many products match this description, including both full-length and 3/4-length insoles. There are even heel insert pieces that can relieve heel pain. To learn more, review the products listed on our page on Insoles and Inserts for Heel Spurs and Heel Pain.

Disclosure: This is a contributed post.

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