In the world of foot care products, the terms “insoles” and “orthotics” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, it is important to recognize there are important distinctions between the two. Based on your specific condition, one may be more suitable than the other in providing the support you need.
Whether you’re a marathon runner chasing new personal bests, or simply someone looking for some extra comfort, cushioned insoles or orthotics can give you a new spring in your step. There is a wide range of options catered to different problems and preferences. Therefore, we would like to explore insoles and orthotics, the benefits of each, and how you can use them to properly care for your feet.
Cushioned insoles: when might you use them?
Here at Ergonx, we have the Pure Cushion insole and a question we receive often is: “When should I choose this over an orthotic like the Ultra Soft orthotic?” The main factor in this decision is determining whether you require extra arch support or not. The Pure Cushion insole is designed for individuals who want extra cushioning with minimal added arch support. On the other hand, the Ultra Soft orthotic would be better for someone with collapsed arches that could benefit from more support and elevation.
Relieving heel pressure and forefoot pain
Heel pain is another crucial factor to consider when deciding between a cushioned insole and an orthotic. The Pure Cushion insole excels in alleviating heel pressure and addressing pain in the metatarsal area. Individuals experiencing discomfort while standing on hard surfaces would benefit from the cushioned insole rather than the orthotic with arch support.
Moreover, individuals who have previously worn orthotics and have developed pain, or those with extremely flat feet that cannot tolerate any support under the arch, would find the cushioned insole to be the more suitable option.
Deciding between insoles with or without arch support depends on if you are looking for additional cushioning or a way to adjust minor foot misalignments.
It is important to remember that not all insoles are meant for arch correction. Rather, there are some, like the Ergonx Pure Cushion insoles, that prioritize shock absorption over intensive arch support. The minimal arch support it offers is more like a guide rail that gently aligns your feet without adding bulk to the arch.
When it comes to choosing a cushioned insole or orthotic, it all comes down to understanding your feet and the way they’re structured. A podiatrist can help you with this and offer personalized advice based on your unique anatomy. Your feet deserve the utmost care and comfort, so choose wisely and enjoy every step you take!
Still wondering about whether cushioned insoles or an orthotic would be right for you? Reach out to us at ergonx.com.au or comment below to learn more!