What is an insole? Call it an "insert," an "insole," or whatever you like, but most lace-up shoes come with a thin, flexible inner liner. The liner is what your foot rests directly on top of when you put your shoes on.
Who needs a supportive insole? Here are some common reasons why our customers buy supportive insoles:
- Overpronation. As we walk, our arches and ankles may roll in ever so slightly (but probably not enough to notice). However, if your arches and ankles roll inward when you're standing or walking, or if your ankle pushes noticeably on the inside side of your shoes, you may overpronate.
- How do your shoes wear out over time? Take a look at the bottoms of the outside sole of your shoes. Notice how the rubber outsole smooths out over time as you wear them? If your shoes tend to wear down on the side closest to your body's midline, this may be an indication that you overpronate.
- Arch pain? Plantar fasciitis is a common concern for many of our customers. While we don't claim to be doctors by any means, some local podiatrists will send their patients to us when they are dealing with plantar fasciitis or other concerns. An insole - not to mention a high-quality shoe - is an excellent step toward pain relief.
- Ball-of-foot pain? An arch support with a built-in metatarsal pad may relieve pressure causing pain in the ball of your foot.
Not sure if an insole is the right choice for you? True Grit Running Company offers a fitting service complete with a foot scan. During this process, our employees can take a look at your feet and work to find a solution for your needs.
We aren't doctors, and we don't claim to have the solution for just any problem. However, we are happy to help you find what works for you.
If you have serious foot pain, we recommend seeing a podiatrist or otherwise appropriate healthcare professional for your needs. They just might send you our way!
Interested to learn more about your feet? Head into the store, where we can take you through our shoe-fitting process! We can:
- Scan your feet
- Analyze your gait
- Help you determine if an insole may be a good choice for you
- Fit you with a quality, comfortable, supportive pair of shoes.