Feet need adequate support in order to support the body's weight and perform daily activities, but often shoes alone do not provide the proper amount of support. Gel inserts, which are gel-filled pads that can be placed inside a shoe, can often increase the shoe's support and performance. Gel inserts can relieve back and knee pain, aches in the ball of the foot, leg pain and help to increase arch support. There are many different types of gel inserts available.
Silicone Gel Arch Insoles
According to Footsmart.com, these gel insoles provide excellent arch support. The double thick design allows the insoles to form around your foot. These insoles fit most style of shoes, even those that do not have built-in insoles that can be removed. The silicone gel arch insoles provide support specifically targeted at the heel and arch, two sensitive areas. These inserts are recommended for people who suffer from diabetic feet, fat pad atrophy, plantar or heel pain and metatarsalgia.
Custom Fit Insoles
ArchCrafters Custom Fit Full-Length Insoles are unique in that they are custom fitted to your foot and available over-the-counter. Step into the mould, wait for it to set, and cut out your own custom fitted insole. These insoles are especially effective for people who suffer from improper foot motion, back and knee pain and heel pain. ArchCrafter insoles are shock absorbent and comfortable. They are designed for shoes with removable insoles. These insoles are not recommended for people with flat feet.
Gel Thong Sandal Insoles
These gel insoles are designed for thong sandals, making them perfect for summer-style shoes. Due of their clear colour, they are basically invisible and make walking in thong sandals a lot more comfortable. The gel in these insoles serves to absorb shock and to decrease friction along the entire bottom of the foot. They also keep your feet from sliding in your sandals as you walk. Because the material is hypoallergenic, it won't irritate the feet. These insoles are recommended for those who suffer from heel and arch pain, back pain and diabetic foot.
Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Inserts
Dr. Scholl's products are available at most pharmacies and grocery stores. These massaging gel inserts provide superior support for people who suffer from arch pain, knee pain, heel pain, warts and shoe friction. Their "dual-wave design" allows for cushioning and shock absorption and the firm gel within the insole is extra supportive.