We don’t have to look far to see the negative impact that sitting all day is having on those who work sedentary jobs. Most of us know someone who has a health condition that could be improved if they were more active during their day. It is not uncommon for those who have to stand all day to experience problems as well. Mailmen, beauticians, teachers, nurses, sales clerks, chefs, waitresses and others working in similar careers experience problems related to being on their feet all day. Concrete flooring is unforgiving and negatively impacts feet and posture. The most ideal work situation would be one of alternating between standing, walking and sitting or lying. It’s hard to think of many jobs where the ideal is reality. Thankfully, we have some of the best inserts for standing all day.
It is difficult to find shoes that provide the kind of cushioning and support needed for standing over an extended period of time. When pain caused by standing all day is experienced, our bodies compensate by putting additional weight on the opposite parts of the feet, which can cause misalignment of the spine and add back pain to foot problems. The best shoe inserts for standing all day provide cushioning, comfort and support.
Repetitive strain injuries occur from activities that harm the body. Work that requires standing all day adds uncommon stress on the back, hips, legs, knees and feet. The best shoe inserts for standing all day relieve discomfort and fatigue in feet, knees, hips and lower back, increasing productivity as you feel better and more energized. Finding the best shoe inserts for standing all day can prevent excess stress and strain on the body.
What to consider when selecting your best shoe inserts for standing all day
An assessment of your answers will assist in selecting the best insert for you.
The best shoe inserts for standing all day provide:
Inserts are more art than science and depend greatly on individual comfort. Consider Insoles and Beyond your art gallery and let us help you make the selection that best suits your tastes and needs.
Here are some of our recommendations.Sole Softec Ultra.
I recently had the chance to chat with renowned athlete and track&field coach Liz Wort, a collegiate star-turned-coach at Duke University who is now coaching track and field at TCU. Liz tried a pair of our new currexSole RunPro insoles for runners (and everyone else), and we wanted to know what she thought about the insoles, about coaching, and about being a runner. Enjoy this interview!
Insoles and Beyond: Have you ever used insoles in your running shoes before trying the RunPro? What first drew you to using inserts for your running shoes?
Liz Wort: Never used insoles but have always needed structured shoes because I overpronate and have flat feet. I wear Nike shoes now because that is the shoe company we are sponsored by at TCU and the Nike training shoes don't provide as much support. The Nike shoes with the insole have been a good option! I also like the insole with my Asics shoes, which is what I am wearing now.
IAB: What do you think of the RunPro insoles?
Liz: Very comfortable!! Not overly supportive but a very nice supplement to the support already in my shoe.
IAB: What are some of the biggest benefits of the RunPros?
Liz: Just enough cushioning to support your foot, but not too much. Sometimes insoles or orthotics can hurt your foot because they offer too much correction and these do not do that.
IAB: CurrexSole says the secret to its RunPro insoles is the Dynamic Arch Technology (DAT), which is designed to keep the foot in the optimal position. How did the DAT affect your stride, stability, and/or efficiency?
Liz: I believe the DAT in the RunPro helped support the inner arch of my foot, which I tend to roll in on. By keeping it supported, that allows my shin and knee to fall into a comfortable stride that doesn't put strain anywhere.
IAB: The RunPro comes in three different arch heights. What do you think is the importance of having the arch height option when selecting insoles?
Liz: Everyone has a different foot and a different stride, and I know that I personally need different support than someone who has a foot with more natural arch (I have very flat feet) or someone who doesn't pronate as much (I am a big overpronator).
IAB: Would you recommend the RunPro line to your students and colleagues?
Liz: Yes! I think it can offer excellent supplemental support to the right kind of shoe/person.
IAB: What are some of your favorite moments (or achievements) as an athlete? as a coach?
Liz: As an athlete: competing in the Olympic Trials and NCAA Championships (in track and cross country, especially my senior cross country season when our Duke team placed 3rd at NCAA's and won back-to-back ACC and NCAA Regional Championships--that was fun!!), as well as the Penn Relays. As a coach: watching Duke teams win Penn Relays titles and coaching an athlete to a 10k NCAA individual track & field title.
IAB: Why do you run?
Liz: I love to get outside and breathe the fresh air and it helps me get some of my energy out! It clears my mind and gives me some "me" time for my day or if I'm running with friends it is a fun social experience! I also love to explore new places and you can see some awesome things via running that you can't see any other way!
IAB: What are your coaching aspirations?
Liz: I always want to develop each athlete I coach to their fullest athletic potential – help them grow as a person, learn how to overcome failure, set high goals and do the hard work required to chase their dreams. In terms of outcome results, I always aim to have as many athletes as possible scoring points at the conference meet or becoming NCAA All-Americans.
Thanks, Liz! All the best to you and your team!
One of the most versatile insoles we carry at Insoles and Beyond is the Sof Sole Fit. The Fit comes in three varieties, which address the specific needs of each arch type – high, low, and medium. By choosing the Fit insole that is best for your arch height, you are choosing a more highly customized orthotic insert for running shoes, dress shoes, or even work shoes. While the Fit is great for working out and exercising, we especially love it for the comfort and support it offers in everyday, regular ol’ footwear.
The key to selecting the right type of Fit insole for you is knowing the type of arch support you like best. A good place to start is by ordering the insole designed to support your specific arch height, whether it’s high, low, or medium. Some people will find, though, that they might prefer a little more support. The Fit makes a great insole for flat feet because of the different options available, any of which will add support and re-balance a foot arch that is collapsing in on itself. If a medium arch height is too much, you have the option of selecting the low variety.
Personally, I find that I do best with a lot of extra support and height in my insole, so I will use a size “higher” than my neutral-to-high arch instead of going “lower” with a medium or neutral arch. Having the extra arch support keeps the high bones of my foot where they are supposed to be, which helps me control plantar fasciitis pain. So if you have plantar fasciitis, you could very well find that one of the fit’s varieties makes a great plantar fasciitis insole for you, too.
The Fit from Sof Sole is an excellently made insole for boots and shoes. It has two main layers – one is a flexible foam layer, and the other is the supportive “frame” that provides good foot alignment and heel support for stability.
If you have never tried the Fit before, we highly recommend it here! You can learn more about the Fit and its customized sizing options on our Fit product page. And please ask us any questions, any time! We are here to help you find the comfort and support you need.
Some of our most common requests is regarding insoles for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis pain is something that affects millions of us, and we at Insoles and Beyond are no strangers to plantar fasciitis heel pain and general discomfort. In fact, part of the reason we started this family-run company is to bring the relief we’ve found to more people like us – normal people like you and me who sometimes have annoying or even debilitating plantar fasciitis and other foot pain.
There are a few things you can do to begin addressing plantar fasciitis pain at home, and though none of these could be considered a comprehensive treatment for plantar fasciitis, there are some easy things you can do to begin to ease your pain. (That said, if your pain is significant or persistent you should make an appointment with your doctor to get a diagnosis and/or further input.)
Insoles have made the biggest difference for us in coping with plantar fasciitis pain. By keeping the foot properly aligned and supporting the natural shape of the arch, the painful wear on the foot that often leads to plantar fasciitis is avoided. It’s no magic solution, but it sure is easy! We offer shoe inserts for plantar fasciitis specifically, but many of the arch support insoles at Insoles and Beyond will be effective at relieving plantar fasciitis pain. It’s all about supporting the natural arch of the foot; when the arch gets strained from too much pressure and not enough support, plantar fasciitis can get triggered.
Stretches are another important part of plantar fasciitis treatment. There are some specific plantar fasciitis exercises, such as extending your legs forward while seated and hooking your pointer finger on each big toe. Pulling the toes back toward you will stretch the muscles connected to the plantar fascia, and keeping your feet nicely stretched first thing in the morning will go a long way toward keeping away plantar fasciitis. Another thing that can help is stretching the calf muscles and hamstrings. When you begin doing any new stretches, it’s important to listen to your body and respond accordingly. Never stretch anything to a painful degree, and if a new stretch seems to be exacerbating your plantar fasciitis pain, by all means don’t keep it up!
Surprisingly enough, another big factor in keeping the foot healthy and pain-free is proper hydration. With all the bones, ligaments, and connective tissues forming the complex and magnificent structure that is the human foot, good lubrication and fully “quenched” cells are a critical thing. Hydration isn’t just about keeping your mouth from feeling thirsty or dry – it’s about keeping all of your cells as close to top performance as possible.
There are lots of solutions that are marketed to eliminating plantar fasciitis pain. Not every solution works for every person, but these three suggestions – arch supports, stretches, and hydration for plantar fasciitis – are the things that have been most effective for us here at Insoles and Beyond.