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Flat Footed? Insoles can help!

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 5/27/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Are you part of the 25% of the population who suffer from fallen arches or flat feet? If so, our orthotic arch supports can help you live a life free from foot, leg, and knee pain.

Women's Work: Are Your Shoes Slowing You Down?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 5/14/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Once you read the plethora of high heel-induced injuries, foot malformations, and other diseases, you might start thinking about a lifelong switch to flats and orthopedic footwear.

Are Orthotic Shoes and Insoles Truly Necessary?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 5/6/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Do you need to invest hundreds of dollars for customized insoles? Not typically, because our selection of prefabricated orthotic insoles as well as ArchCrafters’ revolutionary technology of more affordable customized insoles should fix any foot pain or foot/leg problems.

Best Foot Care Apps

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 4/22/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Diabetic foot care? Reflexology charts? Self-massage? Customized insoles? Pedometers? Pocket podiatrist? Yep, there’s an app for that.

What are Custom Foot Orthotics?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 4/8/2014 to Plantar Fasciitis Information
Customized foot orthotics are custom-made to fit your foot’s unique shape and size in a standing position. They are meant to replace existing replaceable insoles in shoes if you suffer from an atypical gait, flat feet, pronated feet, supinated feet, unstable feet, or diabetes. Also great for athletes and runners!

Living with an Ingrown Toenail

Posted by TK on 3/25/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Ingrown toenails are common and curable but unfortunately annoying and painful. Our orthopedic shoes and specialized insoles should help!

What a Treat: Yoga for Feet!

Posted by TK on 3/18/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
What a treat: yoga for the feet! Using reflexology, trigger points, deep tissue massage, and leg rollers to regulate energy and life force through the body’s meridians.

Best Insoles for Lower Back Pain

Posted by TK on 3/12/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Did you know that lower pack pain could be caused by inadequate footwear? Don’t take a simple problem and throw money at a costly doctor visit — check your kicks first!

Down and Gout

Posted by TK on 2/11/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Gout will leave you in jarring and acute pain right around the big toe! Learn how to avoid this painful form of arthritis and how to treat it once it has occurred.

Morton's Neuroma

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 2/4/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Morton’s neuroma or a ‘pinched nerve’ can result in a painful, sharp pain in the ball of the foot. Learn how to relieve and manage neuroma pain.

Air vs. Gel vs. Foam Insoles

Posted by on 1/28/2014 to Foot Pain Relief
Attention athletes: have you ever pondered the difference between air, gel, and foam support systems? If you suffer from atypical gait and/or sports injuries, the right support may prevent and reverse pain!

Understanding Bunions

Posted by on 12/17/2013 to Foot Pain Relief
Bunions are bony growths that grow out of the side of the foot, where the big toe meets the metatarsal bone.

Diabetic Foot Care

Posted by on 11/19/2013 to Foot Pain Relief
Suffering from diabetes? Keep all of your toes and both feet healthy by opening up to a few simple suggestions. Diabetic foot care.

Reflexology and Self-Massage at Home

Posted by on 11/12/2013 to Foot Pain Relief
Reflexology is a form of foot massage which targets pressure points for total-body healing. Best Insoles carries several pressure point self massage products!

Occupational Foot Pain? Check Your Kicks

Posted by on 11/5/2013 to Foot Pain Relief
Does your job cause aches and pains in the feet due to not-so-comfy footwear? From high heel woes to achy waitress toes, Best Insoles can help!

High Arch Help

Posted by on 10/18/2013 to Foot Pain Relief
Do you suffer from high arches? Are high arches the cause for mysterious foot pain and sports injuries? Here are a few simple ways to tell.

How To Massage Feet to Relieve Pain

Posted by Nicole on 8/30/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

Massage can be great for achy feet. Check out these tips:

Video Courtesy of LiveStrong.com
Video Recap: How to Massage Feet
  • Soften the feet with a foot bath or file before beginning the massage
  • Try Peppermint Lotion (good for revitalizing skin
  • Stretch the Toes
  • Use your thumbs
  • Apply pressure
  • Play close attention to the ball of the feet
  • Don't forget to rub the front of your feet
  • Rub the ankles
  • Run your thumbs between the bones of the foot
  • When in doubt, ask the person you are rubbing what feels good

Try Our Pain Identifier Tool

Posted by Nicole on 8/20/2010 to Foot Pain Relief
Pain Identifier

Try out our Foot Pain Identifier Tool by clicking the image above! Figure out what could be plaguing your feet by clicking on the red highlighted areas on the foot and start to learn what could be the problem and how you can go about fixing it. Don't suffer with foot pain if you don't have to. Find out what problems you may have and get them solved. Even if you are not experiencing any pain currently, click around and see what you can learn about feet, foot conditions and how to emedy them with insoles, arch supports, foot products and more!

Custom Insoles vs Over-The-Counter Insoles

Posted by Nicole on 8/18/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

When it comes to foot products, there are a lot of options out there. When it comes to insoles, there are still tons of options to choose from. Take, for example, the selection of insoles we have here at Bestinsoles.com. Going through each one individually is enough to make you go crazy. You really have one major decision to make before you start shopping for your insoles - Custom or Over-the-Counter insoles. There are some advantages and disadvantages to choosing both and they are as follows:

Custom Insoles - typically must be prescribed to you by a podiatrist or doctor (there are kits you can purchase online that mold to your foot as well). These can also be quite pricey because they have to be custom made. You will also have to wait for them to be made before you can start enjoying them. On the bright side, custom insoles are going to be an exact fit for your foot.

Over-the-Counter Insoles - are less expensive than custom insoles and can be worn immediately after receiving them. There are plenty to choose from and you can find one that caters to your foot pain needs. You do not need a prescription, nor do you have to pay to see a podiatrist. However, if you do not choose carefully, you could end up with an insole that is not as effective as it could be.

There are pluses and minuses to choosing custom over store bought insoles. It really becomes a decision that you have to make for yourself. You can opt for the in-between option by purchasing a custom insole kit and have insoles created from the molds you take at home. Either way, you should choose the best option for you although if you choose to purchase insoles, we hope that you'll shop with us.

Could Your Flip Flops Be Hurting You?

Posted by Nicole on 8/9/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

Flips flops are fashionable and fit well within most budgets, but could they be hurting your feet? According to an article written by Melissa Heyboer, they certainly are. In fact, flip flops not only cause your feet to hurt, but you could actually be hurting your joints due to improper support. Flips flops are relatively flat and don't offer much support for your arches, toes, heels or ankles. You are actually leaving yourself vulnerable to injuries as well. If you have conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, you are leaving yoursef open to further damaging your feet.

However, not many people know that they are causing this damage to themselves by wearing flip flops. Actually, you may even believe that you are doing your feet a favor by letting them be free in your open toed shoes, when the reality of it is much different. Flip flops can damage tendons, weaken arches and leave your feet open to injuries such as someone stepping on your toes. These are factors that should be taken into consideration when you decide to wear flip flops, especially if you have had previous foot injuries and foot pain.

However, this is not to say that all flip flops are bad. There are flip flops out there that can be good for your feet. For instance, a flip flop that has arch support, flexes appropriately and has a slight elevation in the heel would be a quality sandal according to the article. Otherwise, you can opt to purchase an orthotic sandal which offers all of these and are typically designed by a podiatrist. Both of these options allow you to wear the sandals you love while taking care of your feet. A great example of these sandals are put out by Spenco called the Spenco Total Support Sandals. They support your feet while still providing the flip flop look you are going for.

You don't have to stop wearing flip flops, you just need to start purchasing the right ones for your feet.

Spenco For Her Total Support Insoles

Posted by Nicole on 8/5/2010 to Foot Pain Relief

Women's feet require different insoles than men's feet; that is just a fact. That is why Spenco has developed the Spenco For Her Total Support Insole. This particular insole is for women who are active and are looking for firm controlled support. This insole is great for women runners and athletes. Total Support insoles provide shock absorption and balance stabilization. As you take your strides, this insole supports your feet from heel to toe. If you are a active women who needs a quality insole for her athletic shoes or running shoes, the Spenco For Her Total Support Insole is the way to go.

If you take a look at the picture of the insole above, you will see how each individual part works to support a woman's foot. The three little pieces are part of what is called a 3-Pod™ Cushioning System that absorbs shock and prevents over pronation. There is also a cushioning layer and the top cloth layer that provide support and anti-bacterial technology that prevents bacteria growth, thus eliminating odor. There is also a crash pad, metatarsal arch support ad a stability cradle. All and all, this insole has got support covered.