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.

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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

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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
Kids Insoles: Toddler to Youth Size Insoles for Comfort and Arch Support

When we think of shoe insoles, inserts, and orthotic arch supports, we typically only think of these items as "for adults." But in reality, children can benefit from shoe insoles and orthotic arch supports just as much as adults do, though their needs for an insole or arch support are different from the needs of adults.

Fall is the time of year when those of us here at TheInsoleStore.com receive the most requests for children's insole and arch support recommendations. This is because kids are heading back to school and wearing their new (and sometimes uncomfortable) shoes, or because fall sports are starting up and kids are beginning to find their athletic shoes & cleats uncomfortable after a full day's activity. The bad news: Kids aren't immune to foot pain. The good news: There are a number of options available to help your children find relief from their discomfort.

What kind of kid's insole should I buy?

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The boating season is upon us, are you ready for it? Are you looking forward to the sunshine, sparkling and refreshing waters and great company for the day out on the lake? Getting out into the outdoors sure beats sitting in the house all day. Those lazy days on the lake help to reset the mind and soul. Full Story