We go to the gym to keep our bodies in shape. We practice mindfulness when we’re feeling stressed, and we spend time with good friends and family to keep our wellbeing in check.
But do we actively look after our foot health?
No – our feet are often the last things we consider!
Most of us are guilty of neglecting our feet. Many of us could even be accused of taking our feet for granted – until painful foot-related conditions kick in, of course!
But when it comes to foot health, that old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ really does ring true.
There are many things you can do to keep your feet in great condition, including wearing comfortable, robust shoes and limiting the use of high heels. But did you know that wearing supportive orthotic insoles in your everyday footwear could also help to keep a whole range of painful conditions at bay?
How can wearing orthotic insoles contribute to good foot health?
First of all, orthotic insoles are proven to prevent, and lessen the symptoms of, common foot conditions such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. These kinds of ailments aren’t life threatening, but they can start to have a serious impact on your comfort and mobility if they’re left untreated.
There are a range of orthotic insoles for plantar fasciitis on the market, but our advice would be to opt for products that allow you to customise the level of support you’re receiving from the each insert. Wear these inserts for a matter of minutes, and you’ll soon notice the difference; the arch of your foot will be adequately supported, and that familiar burning sensation in the heel of your foot will have subsided as a result.
In the same way, orthotic insoles work to reduce overall foot fatigue. Use them for a day, and you’ll notice reduced swelling, aching and cramping in your feet and lower limbs.
Insoles will also correct instances of overpronation and supination and improve the overall stability of the foot, which lessens the likelihood of fatigue and injury from having an unusual gait or walking pattern.
Orthotic insoles don’t just benefit your feet
What’s most interesting, though, is that a good pair of orthotic insoles has great implications for the rest of your body.
This is partly because they help to make sure that your weight is being evenly distributed between both feet. This in turn encourages better posture – and we all know that being well-aligned works wonders for our muscles, joints and even our circulatory system.
The level of support provided by orthotic inserts also takes the pressure off your ankles, knees and lower back, so you may even find that recurring pain in these areas is reduced after you’ve been wearing these products for a few hours.
The cumulative effect of the benefits above means you’ll be more inclined to exercise, too. If you’re free from aches, pains and stinging sensations, you’ll be more inclined to get active by walking, running, or playing your favourite sport.
So, if you struggle to find the time to look after your feet, wearing orthotic insoles is a simple yet effective way of ensuring you’re doing your bit for two really important parts of your body that often get overlooked. What’s more, you’ll be doing your bit for your greater wellbeing. You’ll be comfortable, you’ll have great posture, and you’ll be taking care of your muscles and joints – just by inserting insoles into your shoes every time you go to leave the house!