The best insoles for running depend on your individual needs and your personal foot type and running style or gait. UPMedical running insoles come in three varieties to suit overpronators, supinators or runners with neutral feet.
Benefits of running insoles
UPMedical running insoles help reduce your risk of injury, help recover from injury and improve running performance. They do this by absorbing shock and cushioning whilst you run as well as supporting the arch of your foot. As a result, your running gait is more efficient and places less stress on soft tissues. However, it is important to get the right insoles for you.
What is my foot type?
Most runners either over pronate, over supinate or have neutral feet.
Running insoles for overpronators
Overpronators feet roll in or flatten as you run. As a result, your foot arch collapses as you put weight over it. This often results in increased risk of injury because your arch is repeatedly stretched (Plantar fasciitis) and your lower leg rotates inwards. This inwards rotation increases stress on tendons (Achilles tendonitis) and causes your knee to be out of alignment.
Even if you are lucky enough to avoid injury, your running gait is inefficient, threrefore, you are not running at optimal speed.
If you overpronate the Ultimate Performance F3D Support+ Insole is the one to go for. It provides maximum support but also has a full 3mm of cushioning.
Running insoles for supinators
Supinators (or over-supinators) have feet that roll out. If you over-supinate then your foot is most likely rigid with a high arch. Your foot, instead of rolling in naturally, tends to roll out for longer, rolling in at the very last moment.
This means your foot does not provide as much natural cushioning and shock absorption as a neutral runner. This also leads to overuse injuries (Bruised heel, Metatarsalgia).
The Ultimate Performance F3D Cushion+ insole for running has maximum cushioning but with less support for those with medium or high arched feet.
Running insoles for neutral runners
These lucky people have naturally great feet for running. You probably have a perfect heel strike and weight transfer over the foot. Your foot rolls in absorbing impact as you run. However, neutral runners also benefit from the comfort and support of a good arch support insole.
This is because the human body over the past 100 000 years has not evolved to walk on hard surfaces. It works best running on softer ground where you can leave a footprint. Walking on hard surfaces means your arch has to do more work to support your foot.
The Ultimate Performance F3D Neutral running Insoles provides the right amount of support and cushioning for neutral runners.
Wet foot test
If you are not sure what type your foot is then try the wet foot rest. Stand on a piece of paper with wet feet and examine your footprint.
Shock absorbing insoles
F3D insoles have the latest technology shock absorbing materials a full 3mm thick. Hence the name!