If you suffer with a recurring injury from playing sport, running or walking then choosing the right sports insole helps relieve the symptoms and improve performance. If you overpronate (foot flattens) you need arch support. High arch feet need extra cushioning and neutral foot types benefit from a combination of both.
Why do I need insoles for sport?
Many common overuse injuries are related to your foot biomechanics including Plantar fasciitis, Shin splints, Achilles tendonitis as well as many knee and hip injuries.
Choosing sports insoles
The best insoles for sports depends on your foot type and activity. If you suffer with a recurring injury from Running or Walking then a sports insole may help relieve your symptoms.
Here we explain the different types of insoles and who they are suitable for.
The wet foot test gives you an idea of what foot type you have. Stand on a piece of paper with wet feet and examine your footprint.
Arch support insoles
If you overpronate this means your foot rolls or flattens in too much as you walk or run. Overpronators have flat and need arch support insoles or orthotic insoles for sport which prevent your foot rolling in.
Risk of injury increases because as your foot flattens, your lower leg rotates in. This causes more stress on your lower leg and eventually overuse injuries.
Arch support sports insoles work best by controlling the position of your heel as opposed to propping up your arch. As a result, the rest of your foot works more efficiently, encouraging correct foot biomechanics.
The Ultimate Performance Advanced FD3 Support Insole is designed for overpronators.
If you are a runner or walker with a neutral foot or only mildly overpronate then the best insole for you is the Ultimate Performance Advanced F3D Neutral insole. It provides mild to moderate support with 3mm cushioning.
If you are a runner or walker who supinates then you most likely have high arched feet. High arched feet are often rigid and inflexible which increases your risk of injury. The priority for you is a neutral or low support insole for sport with plenty of cushioning.
The Advanced F3D Cushion Insole is perfect for supinators. Wear in your normal running shoes or walking boots for that extra cushioning and comfort.
Insoles for Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common cause of heel pain. Symptoms include heel pain which radiates into the arch of the foot and is often worse in the morning.
The Advanced F3D Support Insoles are design as an orthotic sports insole to prevent your foot rolling in. It is important to wear them in your shoes all the time, not just when you are running or out walking.