“How Do I Pick the Right Insoles for Flat Feet?"
It is important to choose an insole that is neither too rigid, nor too flexible. An insole that is too firm provides little shock absorption during activity.
When force is applied to this type of device, the material or design of the insole does not compress adequately, and the shock generated from your foot striking the ground is transmitted back into the joints of your body. This can often lead to back, knee and ankle discomfort.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, an insole that is too "cushiony" may feel comfortable initially, but due to the lack of support, these devices often fail to alleviate the symptoms caused by flat feet. These types of insoles are often manufactured from a compressed foam material. It is usually apparent within the first few uses that the support provided is inadequate.
It is popular for insoles to be sold in "approximate sizing". Often, this leads to an inadequate fit for many users. Certain individuals may be "in between" sizes for the vast majority of insoles on the market, leading them to believe that an over the counter insole may not be effective for them. For this reason, it is important to confirm that any insole you purchase fits your foot and arch appropriately, regardless of the manufactures' suggested sizing.
Regardless of the insoles you ultimately choose, it is important to break in these types of devices over a prolonged period of time. Your foot may not be accustomed to the level of support a new insole provides, and it may take some time for the muscles and ligaments to acclimate. Check out the Samurai Insoles homepage for more information about insoles for flat feet, and to explore the specific qualities of insoles that can provide quick relief.