Dr. Ragland in BUSTLE: The 7 Best Insoles, According to Experts
Whether you actively suffer from foot pain or just want to prevent foot-related health problems, finding the best insoles or shoe inserts for your feet will make an enormous difference. Not all insoles are created equally, and in fact, most of them are designed with different purposes in mind.
"No single insole is perfect for all feet, whether they're for a running shoe, high heel, or flat," explains Dr. Yolanda Ragland of fixyourfeet.com. This is why it's important to get to know your feet before you consider insoles. People's feet break down into three categories — over-pronators (flat feet), neutral foot types, and hyper-supinators (high arches) — and the first step in picking the right insole, is identifying which of those categories your feet fall into.
I reached out to the experts to figure out which insoles are appropriate for different kinds of feet as well as which are best-suited to different activities and shoe styles. Opting for the proper insoles can prevent the development of plantar fasciitis and other foot concerns. Not to mention, shoe inserts can simply make your shoes comfier — and anything that can make a stiletto bearable for a few hours is well worth the investment.
These popular insoles cover all the bases for over-pronators, hyper-supinators, and everyone in between — whether you're going on a run, going out in your favorite heels, or simply standing around at work all day.
The Best Insoles For High Arches
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According to Dr. Ragland, "A hyper-supinator requires a highly cushioned, flexible running sole."
Enter: These insoles made of extra cushy memory foam. The memory foam provides the cushion that high arches need while also custom-forming to your foot for a personalized fit. These insoles are designed to be lightweight and offer extra air circulation, so you won't feel weighed down or overheated. The insoles also have active carbon fibers inside that help prevent odor-causing bacteria and keep your shoes smelling fresh.
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