Relatively inexpensive cushioned insoles are ideal for combating foot pains, and offer a much cheaper alternative to custom-made orthotics. Nowadays, cushioned inserts are made for an array of foot problems and types of shoes, including women's high-heels and open-toe sandals.
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Cushioned Insoles for Sports
Over-the-counter insoles offer the perfect option for runners who need a little more cushioning than what the standard running shoe provides, without the extra expense of custom orthotics. RunnersWorld.com recommends the following tried and tested insoles:
The Archmolds Athletic Style insoles are appropriate for runners with normal arches looking for just a little extra cushioning and shock absorption. These heat-mouldable insoles offer the customised fit of an orthotic without the high price, and also contain an antibacterial treatment that fights odour. As of November 2010, the insoles retail for approximately £21.
The Sole DK, named after marathoner Dean Karnzes, are recommended if you have flat feet or occasional arch or heel pain. These insoles are super durable and offer superior arch support. November 2010 retail price for the insoles is approximately £32.
Cushioned Insoles for Women
Today, women's insoles run the gamut from insoles for high-heels to open-toed shoes to sneakers. According to Women's Health Magazine, the following are the best options for female tootsies:
To combat the pain associated with high-heeled shoes, the best option is Dr. Scholl's for Her Ball-of-Foot cushioned insoles. The insoles cover the ball of your foot and reach all the way back to the middle of your arch. The insoles can be purchased online or in retail stores for a November 2010 price of approximately £5.
For open-toed sandals, the magazine opted for Dr. Scholl's for Her Sole Expressions, which are shorter and narrower, made from a soft cushioning foam and not visible in the open-toe portion of the shoe. November 2010 prices for the insoles are approximately £6.
A great basic sneaker insole, according to Women's Health Magazine, is the two ounce Miracle custom moulding insoles by ProFoot. The bottom layer of the insole acts as a shock absorber and supports your arch, while the top layer, being made of foam, conforms to your foot. November 2010 cost of the insoles is approximately £5.
Cushioned Insoles for Foot Pain Management
Ongoing foot pain can be caused by conditions such as diabetes or arthritis, but according to BestInsoles.com, these insoles can offer the sufferer some much needed relief:
For diabetics, try the self-moulding orthotic insoles by Lynco. The Lynco L200 feature a unique Plastazote top layer that customises to your individual pressure points and redistributes pressure from sensitive areas. November 2010 retail price for the insoles is approximately £35.
Arthritis sufferers would benefit from the Spenco Arthritis Foot Insoles, designed for both men and women. These insoles offer a lightweight EVA base that is body heat activated and, over time, conforms to the unique shape of your foot. These are priced at approximately £19, as of November 2010.
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