How to Think About Insoles When It’s Time to Consider Them, Part 2
If you’re new to the topic of insoles, you may not yet realize that there are insoles for sports. These are insoles very specifically designed to meet the needs of the foot during those sports.   Let’s take basketball, for example. The foot has to put up with a lot of abuse during basketball. The muscles of the foot are constantly on alert during a basketball game because they don’t know whether you are going to quickly stop or keep running. In a split second you could immediately stop running after sprinting down the basketball court. That’s a lot of demand on the small muscles of the foot, and if you have any type of foot imperfection such as flat feet, bunions, heel spur, etc., then it’s likely you will experience foot fatigue far earlier than someone without these disorders.   With basketball, there’s a lot of jumping as well. Every time you come down from a jump and land on your heel, there’s a strong impact and a lot of compression forces on the heel and rest of the foot, too. Insoles for basketball would thus have to take all this into consideration and provide extra cushioning especially in the heel of the foot. There would have to be excellent arch support for the medial longitudinal arch of the foot because you will need it. Without the arch support, the arch could collapse and the muscles that support it could get fatigued. This eventually leads to further foot disorders.   You can now understand that insoles for sports vary in how they are made. Since foot Orthotic and insoles companies already are well-briefed on the ergonomics and biomechanics of the foot, they all understand what is needed when creating insoles for different sports. How they accomplish the fulfillment of those needs is what is different between them.   There are insoles for cycling, insoles for walking, running, sprinting, tennis, racquetball, hockey, ice skating, and skiing. Of course, we can’t forget insoles for snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, football, soccer, and rugby. Even golfers have their own needs for insoles.   This is definitely something you want to pay attention to when purchasing insoles. Often, companies will combine requirements of certain sport insoles together so they can make the insoles a little more versatile. Read in the descriptions of the insoles for sports whether or not the company has done this. For example, you might see that the insoles are suitable for hiking and backpacking and also for work and industrial purposes. You might also see that the insoles for basketball and running are also suitable for casual and dress shoes.   One last example is of insoles for running and walking may also be suitable for boots. It’s a good thing that companies are combining efforts because when they do, they give you the opportunity to take the insole from one pair of shoes and use them in another. This saves on cost. For more info, see this link at The Insole Store’s website:
Time for a Shoe and Insole Makeover with Replacement Insoles
Now let’s be honest. Get out your shoes from the closet and take a look at them. Is it time for a shoe makeover? There are two things to consider to determine whether a shoe makeover is needed or not: what’s the status of the outside of the shoe and what’s the status of the insole on the inside of the shoe. Full Story
Oofos Sandals: The Sandal That Must Be In Your Shoe Closet – and Why
Even the name “Oofos Sandals” sounds like fun, and when you’re outside in the summertime at the beach, at a festival, on a date, or sightseeing, you want to be having fun.   There’s nothing funny about Oofos sandals themselves. The designers call them Oofos because of the special type of foam called Oofoam used in them that impacts the way your foot absorbs shock from walking. With Oofos foam in the sandal, your foot can absorb 37% more impact – without fatiguing. This makes it a perfect sandal to wear after pretty hard athletic workouts. Full Story
You Don’t Have To Be A Ballerina To Get Hammer Toes
Watching a ballerina move gracefully on stage is an amazing thing when you realize that she is most likely affected with hammer toe, corns, calluses, bunions and a lot of pain in her feet and toes. She’ll spend at least half an hour after the performance nursing her feet out of pain by soaking them in a cold foot bath just to decrease the inflammation. It’s the unnatural act of stuffing one’s feet into an unsupported shoe that’s usually too tight that can be a culprit in the development of hammer toe in a ballerina. And you’ll never hear a ballerina ask the question, what is hammer toe? She feels that she could probably lecture to a class at a podiatry school about the topic, and provide plenty of firsthand info. Full Story

Gel sandals aren’t out yet, but they could very well be the next type of sandals on the stores of The Insole Store and online. Why not? When you wear gel insoles, your feet are cushioned so much from the environment. They make you feel as if you’re walking on a cloud. Any and all foot pain disappears with gel insoles.       Gel sandals could come in handy when you’re on the beach. Have you ever walked barefoot on the beach and suddenly found yourself screaming out in pain because you walked right on top of a jagged rock you didn’t see coming ahead? Ouch! That hurts.   If you had gel sandals, the gel in the sandals would neutralize the feeling of the jagged edges of the rock. Imagine that. You’d probably never have another bad foot day in your life.   In order for a footwear company to create gel sandals, they still have a lot of work to do. They’ll have to invent a type of gel material that acts like gel but is lightweight. The process would probably be similar to the development of EVA foam. EVA foam is used in many different types of insoles and orthotics on the market now. It’s not a hard plastic type of foam that is too hard and causes problems when you walk on it; instead EVA foam is more flexible yet durable. It is also lightweight.   The big question is who is secretly developing gel sandals right now that we don’t know about. Hint: It’s probably not the Russians!  Do you think it will be Superfeet? They’ve been one of the forerunners to all types of different orthotics and shoe inserts as well as insoles. Or do you think it will be Birkenstock? They’ve been around the longest – since the early 1900s.   Or maybe the secret technology of gel sandals will come from the Germans at the Pedag company. Pedag emphasizes all natural ingredients and perhaps has already found a way to meld the softness of wool and fleece with the gel like material found in the body in joints. Connective tissue of the joints contains a mucopolysaccharide type of material that perhaps could be somehow duplicated. Or maybe the natural substance to use is gelatin itself. It’s easy enough to find in nature. And if anyone would be on the hunt for a natural substance, it would be Pedag. [caption id="attachment_7460" align="alignright" width="160"]Pedag Pedag[/caption]   Or perhaps someone at NASA already knows about a substance found on the surface of the moon that has gel-like properties, and that could be what some companies are experimenting with in their advanced technology laboratories right now as we ‘speak’.   If you’re following the shoe industry materials as closely as you follow the most expensive shoe lines such as those seen on the television show, Sex and The City, then you’ll be among the first to know what’s happening. The next question is will gel sandals be the next thing to invest in? If they’re so comfortable, would it pay off later to invest in it?   Gel sandals are the next up and coming sandals. Get ready for them.