Runner's World states that only 25 per cent of people have a normal pattern when their foot strikes the ground. The rest of us tend to turn our foot too much, or not enough, when our heel first touches the ground. For that unfortunate 75 per cent, insoles are available to remedy stubborn feet, but some are recommended over others.
Sorbothane provides insoles for both arch support and shock support. Sports Injury Clinic recommends both the Sorbothane Double Strike and Sorbo Pro insoles for arch support. The Double Strike and Sorbo Pro insoles absorb shock in the forefoot and replace a shoe's original insole. The Sorbothane Single Strike is designed specifically for shock absorption for those that don't need arch support. This insole is intended for heel intensive activity, according to Sports Injury Clinic. Sorbothane insoles are designed for walking, running and other sporting activities, and sell for around £13.
Sports Injury Clinic names Noene as another good insole for both arch support and shock absorption. The Noene Atlas Insole is designed for arch support. Sports Injury Clinic claims that this insole stands out due to its ergonomic design, flexible shape and composite foam base. Noene also makes a shock-absorbing insole. Sports Injury Clinic describes Noene's Integral Insole as ultra-thin and lightweight, and says the Integral Insole protects the body from up to 98 per cent of shock energy. Noene insoles cost around £26.
Spenco insoles are not only highly rated, but also a top selling-insole, according to The Insole Store. The Spenco PolySorb Total Support Insole attempts to deliver on its name by cushioning the heel while also providing arch support. The Insole Store states that the insole can be heat moulded for a custom fit and also includes an antimicrobial odour control element. The Spenco Full Length Orthotic Arch Support insole is designed just for arch support and is customisable for both casual and athletic shoes, according to The Insole Store. Although recommended for shoes with removable insoles, the Spenco Arch Support insole can be used on top of existing insoles. Spenco insoles usually cost between £16 and £22.
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