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When high arches make it difficult to walk or stand, it’s time to buy a pair of insoles to support your high arches and relieve pain. Insoles also cushion the heel and toe pad—two areas that need extra support. More importantly, insoles guard against conditions that develop in those with high arches, such as knee, hip, and back pain and arthritis. Not to mention, insoles replenish the natural cushions of the feet that deteriorate with age. We've rounded up the best insoles for high arches to save you time and reduce your stress. We've done the research to show you the pros and cons of the top insoles to relieve high arch pain.
If you have high arches and need maximum support, these insoles are a good choice. They fit inside sneakers and roomy shoes. But make sure your shoes have removable inserts. You’ll remove the inserts that came with the shoes and replace them with these insoles.
As the “cousin” to the first product on our list, these insoles also provide maximum support for high arches. But these insoles fit shoes with a narrower heel. They are made in the USA and are 100% nylon. So they are a smart option for those with latex allergies.
These work for both men and women. They come with a deep heel cup that keeps the foot stable while you exercise. Their nylon plates support a high arch well, and they slip into athletic shoes easily. These insoles are ideal for use during fitness activities.
Sometimes after you wear an arch support, the arch diminishes. Not these. The arch supports in these insoles are made from carbon fiber, so they will not collapse with wear. The carbon fiber makes for strong and durable arch support. Plus, these have shock protection in the ball and heel of the foot, which means your entire foot is supported and cushioned.
These insoles redistribute your body weight to relieve foot pain. They also use a special ETC fabric that reduces friction. Translation? You are less likely to get blisters and your foot stays dry, cool, and fresh.
Not only do these insoles support high arches, they also reduce pain caused by plantar fasciitis, flat feet, heel spurs, Morton’s Neuroma, bunions, and metatarsalgia. And if that isn’t enough to love, these orthotics reduce leg pain associated with poor foot support. Their versatile to fit into a variety of shoes. And these insoles stay fresh with special fabric that prevents bacteria from taking up residence.
These insoles are very supportive. They are also thin, which means they won’t take up a lot of room in your shoes. So if you don’t want a lot of added height with your insoles, give these a try. They are designed to deliver long-lasting comfort, and the anti-odor fabric keeps the stink to a minimum!
If you need to make a few adjustments, it’s totally fine to trim these insoles. But they are anatomically shaped, so you shouldn't need to trim much. The material offers a happy medium between hard insoles, which can be uncomfortable, and soft insoles, which might break down over time. Overall, these provide good, well-rounded support for high arches.
These are crafted by foot specialists to support high arches and to improve a host of other foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis. These insoles fit into just about any style of footwear. Plus, you can trim them to fine-tune the fit. They're made of a lightweight material that is designed to hold up, even if you wear them consistently over a long period of time.
We know you’ve been waiting for them—gel insoles! Gel just feels good. These gel insoles go one step further with a honeycomb design, which acts like a spring when you walk. These insoles minimize the impact of activity on the joints and relieve the stress placed on the foot. The gel is medical grade, and these insoles fit into any style shoe. Your high arches will definitely be supported, and your feet and joints will thank you, too. For the price, these insoles offer a ton of value that just can’t be beat!
All you need to determine whether you have high arches is water and your feet! ( Image reference)
If you aren’t sure whether or not you have a high arch, dab your foot in water, then step onto a sidewalk or a heavy-duty piece of paper—somewhere you will be able to see the outline of your foot. If you see a very thin line or a space between your toe pad and the heel of your foot, you have high arches—and probably accompanying pain.
Beyond proper footwear, a good pair of insoles is the best thing you can do to relieve your high arch pain. We’ve discussed the pros and cons of custom orthotic devices in an earlier post. If you're not ready to take that leap, there are many over-the-counter insoles (such as the ones we’ve listed in this article) that will reduce your pain.
For people with high arches, it is important to support not only the arch, but the heel and toe pad. Select inserts with the following characteristics:
After you’ve found a pair of insoles with these features, consider factors that are unique to you, such as whether you prefer gel or foam, whether you like a harder insole or a softer insole, and whether you engage in intense activities.
High-impact insoles are for activities like running, skiing, hiking, and vigorous exercise. Low-impact insoles are better suited for lighter kinds of activity, like walking.
Even the best insoles might need a trim. Here's how to fine-tune the fit:
Step 1: Remove the original insert from your shoe.
Step 2: Align the new, high-arch insole with the original insert. Do this by lining up the new insole along the heel and inside edge of the original insert.
Step 3: Use a marker to trace the outline of the original insert onto the new insole.
Step 4: Cut the insole along the outline. It's better to cut too little than too much. Cut a bit, then try wearing the insert. If needed, cut a little more, until your insole is the perfect size.
Insoles support high arches and relieve pain. You’ll be thankful you got a pair when you did, so don’t wait too long. Of course, as with all decisions regarding your health, take your time. Do your research. Figure out exactly what you need in a pair of insoles. Find insoles that support your arch, toe pad, and heel. Make sure they are appropriate for the kinds of activities you do. And before you get frustrated that they don't fit into your shoes precisely the way you had hoped, try customizing the fit by following the steps we outlined. We hope this article set you on the path to finding a great pair of insoles and making high arch pain a thing of the past!
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