Hurting feet can keep you from enjoying a lot of activities that you would normally enjoy such as walking, dancing, the gym and social activities. There are many reasons for hurting feet and in order to find the best insoles, it is important to understand why your feet hurt in the first place.
Heel spurs, heel pain and a condition known as Plantar Fascilitis can be painful. According to FootSmart, this condition can occur when the plantar fascia ligament in your foot is inflamed. Because this ligament stretches from your heel to the ball of your foot, it can become inflamed from inaccurate support to your arch. For this condition, you should look for insoles that provide additional arch support such as the ProArch 3/4 Length Orthotics. If these don't help your heel pain, you may need an insole that provides a heel pad or heel cushions.
FootSmart says that Motron's Neuroma is a condition the makes your feet hurt and feel tingly in the toe area. A bad case of Morton's Neuroma causes intense pain between the third and fourth toes. This is caused from wearing footwear that does not distribute your weight evenly across your entire foot. Women tend to suffer from this condition when wearing high heels. Insoles that can help with this condition are insoles that are extremely supportive, especially to the balls of the foot. Try Dr. Scholl's for Her ball-of-foot cushions.
Flat Feet is a condition where the arch has completely collapsed. According to FootSmart, people with flat feet must support their weight on other parts of their foot to make up for the arch and this can cause intense pain all over the foot. The best insoles for this condition are insoles that provide arch support. IsoArch 3/4 Foot Supports are great insoles for this condition.
Ball of Feet Pain
FootSmart says that extreme ball of foot pain is known as metatarsalgia and can be caused from abnormalities in the bones of the foot. The best insoles for this condition are insoles that provide support to the entire foot. FootSmart has developed special men's and women's silicone metatarsal insoles specifically for this condition.
Additional Insole Tips
Sometimes insoles are thick and will make your shoes feel too small. Your best bet is to take your shoes with you when going to pick out insoles. This can help you determine how thick the insole will be and how it will work with your shoe.