Try Shoe Inserts for Comfort and Safety This Season
High heels and those trendy shoes and boots you wear can be stylish and downright sexy, but they can also be uncomfortable and even painful. Being in shoes that are too tight can cause bunions and calluses, and high heels put pressure on the balls of the feet. When you’re on your feet all day this too can cause pain and stiffness as well as swollen ankles and even joint problems. One good solution to these problems with your feet is to use shoe inserts.
Shoe inserts come in a wide variety of types and styles and they’re meant for a number of different foot problems. They can cushion your feet and avoid pain and stiffness and give you extra support and shock absorption. Shoe inserts, when used every day, can keep you from getting a sore back and sore ankles, and will help cut down on other painful conditions in the feet.
Gel inserts are best for adding cushioning to your step. These are good if you stand on your feet all day or walk throughout the day; if you work as a waitress or a teacher or in some other profession that keeps you on your feet, you should consider gel inserts in your shoes. The added shock absorption will also help your joints including your knees and your hips, and your back. These areas of the body absorb shock with each step so if you use gel inserts, they’ll take more of that shock throughout the day and protect your joints.
Foam inserts work to absorb shock and give you relief but these are usually much thinner than gel inserts and may not work as well. They may also absorb some of the sweat from your feet, which means odor. Foam inserts are difficult to clean and may start to unravel and fall apart after only a month or two, whereas gel inserts can be cleaned with the wipe of a wet cloth, and they last for much longer than foam.
Other shoe inserts can protect certain areas of your feet from damage due to tight shoes or heels. There are inserts that go behind the ankles to keep the back of your feet from rubbing up against your shoes, and these can prevent painful blisters. Other inserts might wrap around the sides of your feet at the base of your toes and these can help to prevent bunions and calluses. Using inserts instead of bandages makes them easier to use and they may provide more cushioning than plain bandages.
Try different inserts for your shoes before you put on another pair of high heels or any pair of shoes. This will help to protect your feet and keep you comfortable all day.