One of the biggest complaints that we hear all too often from our customers at TheInsoleStore.com, is that their custom-made insoles from their Podiatrist are 'too rigid' or as the age old saying  goes, “They are as hard as a rock!” If you are either looking into them for the first time or are looking for a less rigid arch support, then the semi-rigid orthotic arch support is an ideal option for you! A semi-rigid orthotic arch support is ideal for providing moderate arch support while being flexible and not feeling too stiff. They typically offer an intermediate amount of cushioning yet have a more structured foundation for the foot. Semi-rigid orthotic arch supports offer a solution for most foot pains and conditions. While most may need an arch support for foot pain and/or  medical conditions, a semi-rigid orthotic arch support may be more appropriate for those involved in more rigorous activities,  such as running or walking, getting accustomed to an arch support, or those seeking a dynamic balance that aids in guiding the foot through its proper function while the muscles and tendons strengthen and repair. Full Story
The #1 Mistake with Metatarsal Pad Placement
Metatarsal pads were created to make your feet feel better! Specifically, a metatarsal pad, or met pad for short, is used to help support your transverse arch (this is the arch that runs widthwise across your forefoot located right below the ball of your foot). This will help place your forefoot in a natural resting position while supporting the heads of your metatarsal bones. Metatarsal pads are often recommended by podiatrists for those suffering from Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Sesamoiditis, and Arthritis of the foot. It's also a great product for those who are wearing high heels a lot more than they should and feel pain and burning in the ball of their foot. Metatarsal pads are typically made using rubber, felt, or foam. Full Story
Soccer Insoles for Cleats in Cushion and Orthotic Support
With extreme sports, a lot of stress and strain is exerted on the foot’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.  Athletes, such as soccer and football players,  are especially vulnerable to foot pain and injuries due to wearing cleats that are thin and lacking in any protection and arch support. Soccer insoles not only provide extra cushioned shock absorption and protection from the studded cleats, but they also provide a proper orthotic arch support for a solid foundation from the feet through the entire skeletal structure.  

The Problem with Cleated Shoes:

1. Little or no arch support (flat- bottomed) 2. Thin factory footbed design that offers little protection from feeling the cleat studs 3. Little or no cushioning throughout the footbed for shock absorption from impact, weight, and movement Full Story
Rigid Orthotic Arch Supports: Shoe Insoles for Solid Foot Support
All of our feet are different and our preferences of feel separate; however, we find a majority of our orthotic insole customers prefer a rigid orthotic arch support that locks the foot arch in place and positions the foot in a completely balanced position to help absorb weight and shock evenly throughout the foot. Proper balance and support assists not only with one's foot -but ankles, knees, hips and lower back too.  A rigid insole is known as functional orthotic that provides the maximum support in over-coming abnormal motion and positioning of one's foot, ankles, knees, and hips during one’s movement, stride, and gait. Often a customer thinks of a rigid as a hard plastic insole; however, today's modern styles include foam, leather, cotton terry, memory foam, and silk top coat covers.  Full Story