It wasn’t until 1982 when an engineering-minded man named Johnny Walker translated the Superfeet designs into a distinct shape that could be mass-produced. And by 1985, the company was established with a storefront in Canada (one in Vancouver and one in Whistler, B.C.) where they sold their SUperfeet insoles and orthotics. Their customers at that time were primarily skiers who were looking for greater performance in their feet.A year later, it was time to focus on the medical market. With all the feet problems that podiatrists needed solutions for, there was plenty of work to be done! Superfeet orthotics and insoles were making a name for themselves and thousands were sold. By 1987, Superfeet had to add a customer service department, and focus on shipping efficiency.
And the next year, the efforts of Jeff Gray paid off. He had been evangelizing orthotics and insoles to skiing conferences and clinics and Superfeet executives asked him to join the company. Soon in 1990, Superfeet asked Scott Doner to lend his expertise to the company and make them grow from small to large. Some key sales representatives were also added to the team during this time.
In 1993, the market of orthotics insoles and shoe inserts say the Superfeet Company take a big risk and release the Trim-to-Fit Program. Realizing that not everyone’s feet were exactly alike, they offered people the opportunity to simply cut the insoles to fit their own shoes. The way to do this is to use the original shoe insert or insole as a template and then draw the outline on the new Superfeet insoles. Then trim away the excess. It worked very well for those who spent hours hiking, running, hunting, and spending a lot of time outdoors.
With all the new Superfeet Company sales and company growth, they decided to move to Ferndale, Washington in 1993. At this new location, there was room reserved for training their retail store partners. They called their training the Superfeet University. All these efforts were paying off and the word about Superfeet insoles and orthotics was traveling. By 1995, the outdoor wear company, REI began ordering Superfeet insoles and orthotics. And the company picked up a Japanese retailer as well. Now Superfeet was heralded as an international company.
In 2001, a new line of Superfeet orthotics and insoles was created – specifically for dress shoes. This Superfeet product line was called Footnotes and was meant for high heel wearers, too. These orthotic insoles were ¾ length.
By 2005, a new Superfeet President named Bill McClean led the company. All his knowledge and experience in the industry soon led to a stock ownership program for employees the following year, with employees owning 40% of the Superfeet Company. In 2008, the company was ranked as one of the best places to work in the U.S. by Outside Magazine and again in 2010.
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And in 2012, Superfeet set up a subsidiary in Edinburgh, Scotland. A new President in the year 2013, JohnRauvola begain initiating a whole new look to the insoles and products. Not only that, but technological advances added a new carbon fiber and blended polymer material with a super lightweight type of foam. The result: better performance that can be expected with Superfeet insoles and orthotics.
Diabetics have a completely different type of foot than those who don’t have the disease. Diabetics feet are prone to have skin breakdown and can develop blisters or lesions that they don’t even notice or feel. They may have peripheral neuropathy which decreases the amount of feeling in the feet. Diabetics may also have more of a tendency to develop arthritis. And if the disease has affected their weight, their feet may be a lot wider than usual.
The ProThotics Comfort Gel Insole is one of the shoe inserts that can be considered in the category of diabetic orthotics. This one fits into orthopedic shoes and is designed to help reduce foot pain. Its Vygel heel cup prevents extra compression forces from acting on the heel (to cause heel skin breakdown and other problems that result from gravitational forces acting on the heel).
The ProThotics Comfort Gel insole is made with a substance called Plastazote®. This is a type of polyurethane that is made to be antimicrobial and also hypoallergenic. In diabetics, since the skin is so sensitive to breakdown, any type of allergy to materials could be enough to trigger the breakdown of skin. These shoe inserts for diabetics were designed to reduce the pressure of any foot ulcer.
New Balance Pressure Relief Insoles with Metatarsal Support are shoe inserts for diabetes, too. They also have a Plastazote top cover similar to the ProThotics Comfort Gel insole.
However, these diabetic orthotics are designed more for weight distribution as well as pressure relief. They’re mold-able to your feet. You’ll also find them perfect if you have other conditions besides diabetes such as Morton’s neuroma or metatarsalgia or even plantar fasciitis. (These conditions don’t normally result from diabetes, but do result from imperfectly aligned walking.)
Thus, consider the New Balance Pressure Relief Insoles with Metatarsal Support if you have pain in the ball of your foot or pain in your forefoot.
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Lack of adequate air circulation can also be a problem for diabetics. You’ll find custom made air flow channels in these diabetic shoe inserts. Plus, you can trim them to fit.
And one more thing about the New Balance Pressure Relief Insoles – they have a deep heel cup with extra padding that takes off some of the pressure from gravitational forces on the feet. You can even put these diabetic orthotics into boots and hiking shoes.
Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to suffer with foot problems. Make a difference with diabetic shoe inserts.
It’s a well-known fact now that if you replace your shoe insoles with the best fitting insoles for your feet, you’ll be less prone to develop foot problems. The best insoles ensure that your feet are totally supported and that there’s little chance your foot alignment will deviate from normal when walking. When your feet stay straight, then the muscles and ligaments don’t tire out easily. You end up going through your day without even noticing your feet. (Doesn't it seem like you only notice your feet when they hurt?) Full Story
If you have high arches, you need high arch support. Some of the reasons why people have high arches include first of all that you were born with them, and secondly, you developed them as a result of neurological disorders.
That’s not to say that if you have high arches, you have a neurological disorder. However, if you do have a neurological disorder such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, polio, congenital clubfoot, or Friedreich’s Ataxia, the changes that occur in your feet can cause pain in your feet. That pain may be relieved with high arch support.
A high arch is called pes cavus. In pes cavus, muscles of the foot may weaken and become imbalanced. There can be a progression of the condition to involve malformation of the bones, and also the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot could contract. Another thing that can occur is that the Achilles tendon could shorten. All these can contribute to foot fatigue and foot pain.
Studies show that about 10% of the population has pes cavus. Specifically, pes cavus is a very high medial longitudinal arch of the foot.
By adding a high arch support in your shoe, you can relieve the compression that occurs on the metatarsals (the ball of the foot), pain or fatigue that results because of plantar fasciitis, arthritis of the ankle or from inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
And because pain in the foot from pes cavus can lead to knee pain or back pain, this is another reason why doing whatever you can do (adding a high arch support to your shoes) could prevent further problems. A foot that has muscles that are imbalanced and bones that are out of alignment is a foot that is fatigued, painful and liable to lead to other types of pain and foot conditions.
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Having pes cavus doesn’t mean you’ll have severe pain. But using a high arch support is something that all podiatrists recommend for those with pes cavus, and especially those with neurological disorders.
Typically, with normal wear and tear, a pair of high quality shoe insoles or orthotic arch supports should last six to nine months. For those who are on their feet a greater percentage of the time, insoles typically last around three to six months. However, there are many factors involved when determining whether it’s time to replace your insoles or arch supports.
Type of material
Weight (of customer)
Amount of time (frequency) they are worn
Type of activities performed
Insoles and orthotic arch support are all made very differently. It is important to pick the right type of insole for your individual needs as well as knowing exactly which type you wear. Insoles made of wool or cotton terry material will have a shorter life span compared to insoles made with of foam, gel, and/or a fabric top cloth.
Another important contribution when it comes to needing replacement insoles is the brand and quality of your insoles. Some brands have overall longer lives than others because they are made with different quality materials. Name Brand Insoles come complete with manufacturer warranties and have decades of experience behind them versus private label brands that may not stand up to common quality tests in attempts to provide low cost inferior products.
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BirkenstockCurrexSoleNew BalanceOrthaheelPedagPowerstepSof SoleSOLE Custom FootbedsSpencoSuperfeet Insoles & more
Weight and how long you stand on your feet is another contributing factor. Performing activities such as jogging, running marathons, or walking frequently can affect the lifespan of your insoles. If your usage or wear is very high, consider replacing every 2-4 months instead.
Although there are many factors to consider when buying a new pair of insoles, there are obvious signs of wear and tear to look out for. Such as, damage, tearing or cracking, discoloration, smell, or compression (flattening of the insole).
If you want to learn more about which insoles are right for you, see our Insole Guide with helpful articles, videos, and an Insole Selector.