Archive for the Orthotics Category
If you go out running it can be quite annoying when half way through your run your feet start hurting… cramping or if you develop arch pain. Sometimes it can be foot pain that can let you down and not actually your ability or fitness as you may not even be out of breath when these foot problems start in your run or jog.
So what you need is a good pair of running insoles… but what to buy? There are quite a lot of different insoles for running, sport activities or just every day wear.
Arch support insoles
Arch support insoles are the first kind of insoles that I am going to mention in my review. These insoles can be bought either custom made to fit to your precise foot shape and size or you can off-the shelf ones at a much more affordable price in a store or online; Off the shelf insoles aren’t custom made but do just as good job at comfort, support and protection. These “arch” support insoles do exactly what their name suggests they help support the arch when you walk or run. Your arch isn’t flat but the insides of many of our shoes are thus this can cause problems like excess tension and pressure on the arch of the foot with can result in inflammation of the plantar fascia leading to plantar fasciitis. Some experts say that you need custom ones for arch support insoles to really work but this is a myth as non-custom insoles made out of foam will mould to the shape of your foot anyway.
Running and sports insoles
Running and sports insoles often have inbuilt arch supports so if you buy a pair of these then they give your feet the support that they need. Running and sport insoles are often considered to be better than arch support insoles because not only do they offer arch support and do everything arch support insoles have to offer but these kinds of insoles are specially made to deal with the stress and shocks that often occur if you are doing sporting activities including running, jumping, cycling or sport like football, rugby or even hiking. Running and sports insoles are designed for high impact… how? Sports insoles are made from flexible, durable and shock absorbing materials like foam, gel and sometimes rubber. Making them great for sports where constant running and jumping will create great amount of shock which can damage the feet over time but with a pair of running insoles this is no longer a problem.
Plantar fascitis insoles
Plantar fasciitis insoles are more for everyday use to help either prevent yourself from getting plantar fasciitis or to ease the symptoms and reduce recovery time of plantar fasciitis. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis it is best to keep your weight off the afflicted foot to reduce the pressure and help the foot from further damage and help it to recover faster. But wouldn’t that mean you wouldn’t be able to walk or run at all when suffering from plantar fasciitis? Well with a pair of these insoles you can… The plantar fasciitis insoles help to reduce the pressure your body weight has on the plantar fascia with shock absorption and the way the insoles help to position your foot correctly makes these insoles the best choice for wearing them every day to prevent plantar fasciitis or to help you stay active and ease pain and speed up recovery time if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Gel insoles are lightweight insoles that are easy to slip inside any of your shoes makes it easier on your feet if you are always on them. In today’s modern world people are always rushing about in uncomfortable shoes and just simply put up with it because the shoes are stylish. But don’t make compromises by swapping stylish shoes for unstylish ones simply because the more fashionable ones are uncomfortable… put in a pair of gel insoles… made for modern people who want to be able to wear stylish shoes but don’t want to be uncomfortable in them. The gel insoles help to support your foot and stop shock and pressure from causing pain on your foot and heel. Wear your stylish shoes all day without discomfort thanks to gel insoles.
Achilles tendonitis or tendinopathy are both technical medical terms, meaning you have swelling in your Achilles tendon. This tendon is found just above the heel. The tendon becomes swollen, sometimes warm to the touch, with the pain radiating up the back of the calf muscle. A person who has Achilles tendonitis knows it because the pain can be debilitating. The simple act of walking hurts, making the tendon further inflamed and swollen with each step. Ignoring the pain and not doing anything to correct the pain can be the basis of more problems in the future, including rupture of the tendon or changes in the tendon itself.
The Achilles tendon runs from the back of the heel bone up to the muscles in the calf though when most people think of the tendon they think of it as being only at the heel. Because this tendon is moved with every stride, the tendon is contracted and stretched with each stride a person takes. Striding too fast, too hard, or without care makes it easy to damage this tendon, stressing and over-stretching it. Wearing shoes that do not allow the foot to stay in a neutral position, then stressing the tendon makes the problem worse!
The way to prevent the Achilles tendon from rupture is to rest it as soon as it becomes inflamed. Resting the affected foot using a combination of stopping the action such as jogging that caused the problem, and using arch support insoles to help bring the foot back into a neutral position. The neutral position allows the foot to relax into a more natural state, taking the pressure off the tendon.
It is very important to pay close attention to the feet as we age because the aging process reduces the amount of padding in our feet. The reduction of padding can cause us to change our stride patterns, increasing the chances of injury. In addition, we can easily become unsteady on our feet as we age, this unsteadiness increases our chance of falls, and makes us more likely to misstep. A simple misstep can cause a tendon strain.
A pair of arch support insoles allow the feet to relax into a more natural state, helping to reduce the pain, inflammation and unnatural strain on the tendon. The longer a person denies there is a problem, trying to push through the pain, the longer they will remain in pain. By using orthotic arch support insoles that properly support the foot as soon as the problem is noted, the person helps reduce the chances of tendon tear or rupture.
Plantar fasciitis can make daily life far more difficult and more uncomfortable. That is why it is a good idea to avoid getting it by ways of prevention using orthotics than just doing nothing and waiting to get plantar fasciitis and then doing something about it by treating it with ways that you could have done to help prevent it earlier.
Athletes tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis due to them overusing and causing inflammation of the plantar fascia. Many athletes will suffer at some point from plantar fasciitis when they really could have avoided it by simply doing some proper stretches of the feet and wearing proper insoles in their running shoes.
It not just athletes who suffer from this condition but people who are overweight also have a much higher chance of getting plantar fasciitis because of the extra weight they carry adds extra pressure on the plantar fascia which it cannot cope or designed to deal with meaning it can more easily tear or be damaged.
The best ways to prevent and/or treat plantar fasciitis is by swapping flat insoles in your shoes for some special arch support plantar fasciitis insoles. With the specially adapted orthotic that offer better support for the arch of your foot and plantar fascia will make plantar fasciitis a thing of the past.
Standard flat insoles found in many shoes than you buy offer little or no arch support at all. Support is needed because as we get older the muscles and tissues that help to support the arch of our feet will get less strong and flexible… with the constant strain of gravity on our arches along with a busy life where we are always on our feet running from one place to the next creates a lot of pressure on our arches, the risks of developing plantar fasciitis are stacked against us. But thankfully all we need is better supporting orthotic insoles to help alleviate some of this strain and pressure from our arches.
By wearing arch support insoles, pressure and tension is took off the plantar fascia and this reduces the risk of tearing it. Not only will special orthotic help to support your arch but they also help to cushion any unwanted pressure or shock that could harm your feet as you walk or run.
You can buy orthotics here at NuovaHealth where we have a wide range of orthotics and insoles to help anyone.
If you have any further questions in regard of plantar fasciitis or orthotics to help prevent plantar fasciitis please comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Orthotics are helpful devices, used for hundreds of years by people to treat all kinds of conditions. Orthotic insoles are specially designed to help give those wearing them extra comfort and support. There are many reasons why people wear orthotics including prevention of foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, treatment to help recovery from foot injury’s, orthotics can also be used for correcting under or over pronation and helping to correct leg length discrepancy’s plus position the foot in a natural and comfortable position, arch support and to help ease or prevent foot pain.
As you can see there are a variety of uses orthotics will help with. Whether you are a professional athlete and wish to prevent injury from ruining your running career or just that you have recently been suffering from foot pain and cramps whilst walking and want it to stop. Orthotics are an affordable and clever way to help you live a more comfortable and pain free walking way of life.
Orthotics help to cushion your feet and act as a kind of shield which helps protect your feet from any harmful shocks that may result from walking or running. Have you ever experienced been uncomfortable when standing or walking for long periods on your heel? This can be caused by pressure build up on a point on your heel, but with some orthotics that have been made out of a special material which actually will spread this pressure so it is not concentrated on one point but instead spread out which causes less damage and pain as a result.
Many orthotic insoles are made from special materials that actually will mould to the specific shape of your foot this is very clever as it means that the insoles can provide adequate support based on your own individual needs.
As we get older our bodies along with our feet will weaken so we need to extra support and help to combat the increased risk of injury and problems that can result in this weakening… Orthotic insoles do just that.
Foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and arch and heel pain frequently develop due to a lack of orthopaedic support while walking or standing. Orthotic inserts are designed to provide this orthopaedic protection and thus enable proper rehabilitation and prevention of these foot problems. Orthotics can be used in controlling, encouraging, limiting or immobilizing the movement of certain important joints and tendons in the foot. They promote or restrict muscle action, can decrease or even redirect weight to minimise shock forces. Orthotic insoles correct the shape or function of the body in order to provide easier movement capability, reduction of pain and to slow the rate of joint degradation. This in effect helps to treat common foot problems.
Orthotic Insoles are usually made from EVA, Polypropylene, Polyethylene or a carbon composite. NuovaHealth only source the highest quality products made from the finest materials designed to compliment your feet and support them in total comfort. All our orthotics are backed with a lengthy 1 year money back guarantee meaning if you are not happy with your purchase then you can return them for a full refund, no questions asked. We hope this reassures you of the confidence that we have in our products. We have specially designed orthotics for all types of conditions from everyday work use to sporting insoles.
Walking, every day physical activities and sports can cause inconceivable strain on bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. These various strains can result in pain, if everyday activities because you pain then it may be time to consider using orthotics to help alleviate it.
Orthotics or orthopaedic devices are used to facilitate optimal biomechanics by either correcting or compensating for parts of the body not functioning properly. Biomechanics is all about correct posture and optimal efficiency whilst moving, optimal efficiency is the natural movement of your body that minimises pain and wearing of ligaments, muscle and bone. Orthotics can assist with movement and aid in the rehabilitation and prevention of injury. For an example on how biomechanics work consider poor alignment caused by flat foot. Poor alignment will mean people lean forward whilst stood up, this can cause back pain. You can see how problems in one area of the body can cause pain in another area of the body as you now have a bad back as well as foot pain. All this could have been corrected by orthotic insoles with an arch support, the arch supports the foot and causes optimal realignment correcting back strain and relieving pain in the back.
Orthotic insoles reduce stress and fatigue on the feet. Orthotics increase motion control and also correct body alignment. The shock absorption properties of orthotics minimise problems that occur due to the hard flat surfaces typical of modern civilization.
NuovaHealth stock all kind of orthotic devices aimed at improving various conditions as well as specially designed for special situations. We have sports insoles, arch support insoles and insoles for plantar fasciitis. Orthotics don’t have to be expensive either, we source the finest orthotics and make them available to you at affordable prices. We have also included our money back guarantee – meaning you can try our orthotics and if they are not for you, you can return them within a year and get a full refund. How is that for a guarantee?
Explaining the benefits of Arch Support Insoles
If your work involves standing or walking for long hours on flat hard surfaces then your feet can start to suffer problems such as over pronation. It is estimated that 65% of the population experience foot ailments and it is all due to the hard flat artificial surfaces we run, walk and stand upon every day. These artificial surfaces and not like the surfaces that exist in nature that humans evolved to walk upon. Walk along sand or on grass or soil and you will notice that the ground seems to mould to your feet, it is soft and absorbs your weight easily. Now walk on concrete and you will find that the force of your weight hitting the ground gets redirected upwards into your ligaments and joints as the ground doesn’t mould to your feet instead it is rigid, stubborn and hard and it is causing damage to your feet.
These hard surfaces can cause overpronation which leads to heel inflammation and can also lead to knee and back pain as your posture readjusts to distribute your weight away from the foot. Overpronation fortunately can be corrected with the use of arch support insoles. Arch support insoles absorb shocks from the ground as you walk, support your feet’s natural position and correct your posture. Whilst orthotics can be expensive it is a good investment because they help to prevent injuries and pain caused by biomechanical problems in the future. It is said that prevention is much better than the cure and this is certainly true for arch support insoles as they prevent problems from occurring in the foot and can help your feet to start repairing themselves as they are no longer inflamed and as swollen as they were before. Existing pain is also relieved with the use of arch support insoles.
NuovaHealth source only the best quality arch support insoles to fit all your needs. They can be cut down to the exact size you require ensuring a comfy fit for your favourite pair of shoes. Try our arch support insoles today – year long guarantee applies to all our products meaning if you are not happy you can return them for a full refund, no questions asked.
Below you will find a list of the very best arch supporting insoles that can be used to prevent and treat a wide number of different foot, leg, knee, hip and back problems.
First to feature on our list are our Arch Support Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis and Flat Feet, which have been constructed using carbon fibre in a contoured plastic shell to support and protect your feet.
These insoles are perfect for those with flat feet and high arches who are more prone to developing foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis, this is because they are designed to help correct biomechanical imbalances and help improve your foots function. The rigid arch support also helps to take pressure off your arch and prevent your feet from over pronating or under pronation when you walk. These insoles are ideal of runners and athletes due to the fact these insoles are made from carbon fibre means making them extremely lightweight and durable plus you can trim them to size quickly and easily to fit inside even the narrowest running shoes. These insoles come with a full 30 day money back guarantee, this means if the insoles fail to ease your foot pain or they are simply not for you then you are able to send them back within 30 days of receiving them and you will get a full refund!
- Rigid inbuilt arch support helps to keep your feet supported and injury free.
- Corrects pronation in your feet (excessive pronation is linked to a number of different foot and lower limb injuries).
- Can be worn to help treat a number of foot and lower limb injuries including but not limited to Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, Shins splints, Runners knee and Jumpers knee.
- Ideal for those with flat feet and high arches.
- Designed to efficiently absorb shock and spread pressure evenly across the heel and foot making these insoles ideal if you are on your feet for long periods or you are an active runner.
- Available in different shoe sizes 3-7 and 7-11, can also be trimmed to the right size and shape.
- 3/4 Semi rigid plastic heel cup shell helps to improve support and comfort around your heel.
- Treated Active anti bacterial carbon fibre to prevent odour and the build up of bacteria keeping your feet feeling fresher for longer.
If you want to give your arches extra support and protection around the house without wearing shoes then we would highly recommend picking up a pair of these foot supports. They work by using a cushion pad that straps around your foot supporting your arch and protecting your foot from shock without the need of wearing shoes.
Biomechanical and functional imbalances such as over pronation during the gait cycle can cause abnormal load and pressure on your feet triggering injuries such as plantar fasciitis. The cushion pad will help to hold your foot in a natural position when you walk stopping your foot from excessively pronating. Not only will a pair these foot supports help to take strain and pressure off your arches but they will also help to support and protect the balls of your feet easing ball of foot pain. Please note that these insoles will need to be regularly replaced every 2-3 months depending upon how often you wear them to ensure that your feet get the best support and protection.
- One size fits all.
- Light weight and discrete. Most people forget that they are wearing them!
- Can be worn with or without shoes
- Ideal for treating injuries such as plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia (also known as ball of foot pain).
- Cushion pad supports and protects your arch and ball of foot from shock and strain.
- Motion control orthotic compression prevents your foot from pronating excessively.
These gel insoles adapt to the contours and shape of your feet to provide you with a custom level of protection. These massaging gel insoles will actively massage your feet and are ideal for runners, athletes and people who find themselves on their feet for long periods of the day. These insoels will help to combat against foot aches, fatigue and pain and thanks to their enahnched shock absorbing properties they will also help to prevent shock causing pain and injury in your lower legs, knees, hips and back.
Wearing these insoles inside your shoes has been proven to be better for your feet than wearing more expensive custom insoles. Unlike custom insoles these insoles position and support your feet in a more natural and correct position whilst custom insoles are made from a cast of your feet and will only ever support your feet in that position which was causing you problems.
- Available in shoe sizes 6-9 and 8-12.
- Treated with an anti bacterial formula to prevent foot odour and lowering risk of infections.
- Made from durable silicone gel that lasts longer than other insoles providing your feet sustained support and protection.
- Massages and adapts to the changing shape and contours of your feet as you walk for the best possible comfort.
- Supports arch, forefoot, ball of feet, heel and Achilles tendon.
- Perfect for those who suffer from flat feet or high arches.
- Corrects pronation and other imbalances that can cause injury and pain.
Wearing shock absorbing insoles is important if you are a runner and run on hard surfaces. This is because running on hard surfaces can cause severe damage to key parts of your foot such as your plantar fascia making you more prone to developing injuries such as plantar fasciitis.
If you have already developed a foot injury such as plantar fasciitis your feet will not be able to function properly. This can affect your foots ability to absorb shock which can make you even more prone to further damage and your plantar fasciitis getting worse.
These insoles have been made specially to absorb as much shock as possible and the memory foam top layer will stop pressure from building up underneath by evenly spread this pressure around your foot to prevent damage and ease foot aches, pain and reduce fatigue.
Not only will these insoles help to protect your feet form harmful shock but they will also help to support your arch. The inbuilt arch support that they have will keep strain off your arches when you walk or run and will help to correct the most common functional and biomechanical imbalances from occurring. These insoles are extremely lightweight and have been designed with breathable holes that help to better circulate air around your feet keeping your feet as fresh as possible.
- Available in sizes 6-8 and 9-12
- Super light weight and flexible design makes these an ideal choice for runners wanting to avoid injury.
- Hard shell design helps to stop shock in its track allowing you to run on hard surfaces without any problems.
- Inbuilt arch support keeps your feet in the correct position and stops strain and overt stretching.
- Metatarsal pads help to prevent and treat metatarsalgia!
- Ideal for people suffering from Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Ball of foot pain, Morton’s neuroma, Shins splints, and knee problems.
They have been made with the very best light weight and shock absorbing materials. The inbuilt arch support is extremely rigid giving your feet a lot of support and protection in the places that they need it the most such as the tarsal and metatarsal bones as well as the supporting longitudinal (medial and lateral) transverse arch ligaments.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis these insoles are ideal for treating a number of different biomechanical and foot function conditions that can contribute to plantar fasciitis. By getting rid of these underlining causes and by taking strain and pressure off your arches these insoles will help your feet to heal properly allowing for you to make a full and speedy recovery.
- Available in a number of shoe sizes.
- Inbuilt arch support helps to correct the way that your feet function as well as helping to take strain and pressure off your plantar fascia and metatarsal bones.
- Memory foam and shock absorbing base stops shock from damaging your lower limbs and makes your feet fell extremely comfortable.
- Heel cup and heel grip technology improves stability in your heels and ankle stopping your feet from moving and around and helping you to avoid sprains and strains to the Achilles tendon.
- Helps to reduce aches and fatigue.
- Metatarsal pads help to better support your metatarsal bones, toes and forefoot better helping to treat and prevent injuries such as Metatarsalgia, Bunions and Morton’s neuroma.
- Breathable holes help keep your feet dry and feeling fresher for longer when running and playing sports.
Heel pain is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes; it supports the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is injured or is weakened or becomes swollen or inflamed the heel of the foot can begin to hurt as you stand due to the added pressure of the weight of your body on the already inflamed plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is the name for this inflammation in the plantar fascia.
As we have already explained heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. In order to gain relief from this pain you have to support the plantar fascia and distribute the pressure, caused by standing, away from the painful area.
In order to gain the most appropriate relief from plantar fasciitis heel pain we must consider the causes of the heel pain in the first place and treat the cause not just the symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the ligament that supports the arch straining and thus becoming inflamed. Straining is more likely to occur due to excessive pronation, high arches or flat feet, walking or standing or running for a long time on hard flat surfaces, being overweight, wearing shoes that don’t fit well or a tight Achilles tendon.
People with Plantar fasciitis caused by flat feet can gain relief by using plantar fasciitis insoles. Plantar fasciitis insoles are specially designed orthotics. They are shoe inserts that support the arch of the foot and in doing so re-align your posture, supports the natural arch of the foot and redistributes pressure. The result is instant pain relief from plantar fasciitis associated with flat foot.
If your plantar fasciitis is not caused by flat foot and the arch of your foot is fine then you should instead wear plantar fasciitis heel pads or heel cups. These absorb everyday shock to the heel area and redistribute this away from the painful region; they realign your posture and help to eliminate heel pain. Pain from standing or walking is instantly eliminated.
Those that run may be best advised to wear arch support sports insoles in order to prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring in the first place.
Tight Achilles tendons can be resolved through stretches. We will deal with tight Achilles tendons in a future article as there is a lot to explain here.
NuovaHealth stock many plantar fasciitis products designed to help you find relief from your pain.
If you are involved in athletics then you can benefit from the use of sports insoles. Sports insoles offer reduced risk of injury and improve performance.
Running is an example of an activity that can be improved by the use of sports insoles. Running is extremely popular due to the high amount of calories it burns, the ease in which you can take part and the improvement in your cardiovascular health however running comes with risks. When your foot hits the ground the force generated is equal to 5x your body weight and this force is transmitted throughout the foot and up the legs and into your lower back. This force is then repeated over and over again as you run. The problem is that over time it results in strain on the knee joints and the lower back resulting in pain.
Sports insoles benefit you by absorbing the shock as you hit the ground. The impact is reduced and so straining is reduced. Sports insoles also come with a specially designed arch support. The arch support is an orthotic feature. The orthotic creates an extra cushioning effect on the foot which will alleviate conditions such as flat foot (that can be made worse by running) and help to create an optimal and mechanically efficient posture further reducing pain in the knees and the lower back.
In conclusion many people take up running and athletics as part of their new year’s resolution and we fully support this as it offers tremendous health benefits. Nuova Health however caution new runners because running is a high impact activity you can make certain conditions worse. Sports insoles can reduce the risk of injuring yourself so you can enjoy all the benefits of running or sport and not have to suffer any of the downsides.
Nuova Health sell high quality insoles designed for all types of conditions. We recommend you take a look at our sports insoles.
What is plantar fasciitis?
An inflamed plantar fascia can be extremely painful; it can be caused by overuse of the plantar fascia and can be difficult to treat. It is estimated that at least 10% of the population of America will suffer from this condition over a life time. The pain is often felt at the bottom of the heel, the pain also usually builds up and gets worse over time. Plantar fasciitis can also result in an increased likelihood of pain in the knees due to the way a person shifts their weight into an unnatural posture in an effort to relieve pain on the heel.
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
We are not qualified to give medical advice, we advice talking to a doctor about this condition. In the time being here are some tips to help relief your heel pain:
Avoid walking for long distances and standing for long periods of time.
Stretch your calf muscle and the plantar fascia.
Use a good support device
We have sourced special plantar fasciitis orthotic insoles and plantar fasciitis heel pads designed to alleviate the pain and eliminate friction on the heel. The special orthotic design also supports correct posture helping to eliminate niggling lower back and knee pain.
All our products come with a special 1 year money back guarantee – if for whatever reason you are not happy then you can just send them back and you get all your money back – we are so certain that you will just love our products. You have nothing to lose and you won’t get that guarantee anywhere else!
In conclusion to this article we recommend you do something – plantar fasciitis doesn’t just go away by itself – you need to rest, stretch and support the plantar fascia in order to alleviate the pain and return it to good health.