Even after adding orthopedic shoes to my collection, there were still several of my old favorites I couldn’t part with — no matter how much discomfort they caused. I am willing to bet you have some shoes you wish you could wear too. So I finally did what I should’ve done a while ago – I bought some plantar fasciitis insoles. The results were magic!
Here are some of the best plantar fasciitis insoles in my experience – if you have a recommendation, please let me know and I’ll be sure to add it.
What to Look for in Your Plantar Fasciitis Insole?
- Make sure it has a deep heel cup. This will help provide support for your arches and is essential to finding lasting relief while you are on your feet.
- Check out what other plantar fasciitis sufferers are using. In order words, read the reviews and see what others are saying.
- Choose a brand and design that’s proven and made with your foot condition in mind.
Top Rated and Best Recommended Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis
Top Recommended: CoreFit Orthotics
These are the highest rated orthotics you can buy for good reason – they’re the same ones offered by many podiatrists and can be custom molded to provide you with maximum support and comfort.
Since I usually keep my feet happy in running shoes, these didn’t work for day to day wear, but if you’re in boots or roomy shoes, these are the best available. They are not the cheapest – but don’t skimp when it comes to your feet. They deserve to be happy!
The insole is designed to brace and support the areas of your foot that bear weight while leaving your forefoot and toes free to maintain proper balance. These are the same orthotics that podiatrists have been selling to patients for almost a hundred years.
- Moldable, Custom Fit (Remember, these are used by podiatrists across the country)
- 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
- ¾ Length Design for Better Support, Comfort and Motion
Top Recommended: Superfeet Premium Insoles
Superfeet offers several different color-coded insoles to better match each individual’s foot for better support and comfort.
These high arched insoles from Superfeet offer superior arch support and were designed to help support and align your foot to eliminate heel and ankle pain as well as unnecessary knee and hip stress. There are literally thousands of 4 and 5 stars reviews on Amazon for these insoles so these orthotic insoles definitely deserve to be on your shortlist of insole options to consider.
These insoles are designed for those of us with high arches. If you have flat feet or fallen arches, you should look to Superfeet’s other insoles which are specifically designed for different feet – including those with low or fallen arches.
These offer a lower support profile to fit a wider range of footwear but still provide the support and stability you need with a structured heel cup and full length foam for added comfort. (You can even use these in shoes with insoles you can’t remove.)
New: Superfeet Carbon
If you’d like to try Superfeet’s most advanced insoles, check out their Carbon insoles which use carbon fiber to provide maximum arch support and heel stability in the thinnest profile possible to fit virtually any pair of shoes.
Top Seller: Envelop Full Length Orthotics
These are one of the top-ranked and best-rated orthotic insoles around. This podiatrist-designed insole offers great arch support that extends all the way to the forefoot and also deliver moderate cushion.
Some wearers feel these are a too stiff and they are indeed stiffer than normal insoles, but that’s by design. It may take a day or more for your feet to grow accustomed to the new support and proper alignment.
But after that break-in period, you’ll be amazed at how these insoles transform almost any shoe. Because the support raises your foot a bit higher than the standard insole in some shoes, you may want to use these insoles with a newer, roomier pair of shoes and look for another pair of orthotics with less rise to them.
What are the Drawbacks of Orthopedic Insoles?
Room and Fit
Depending on the insole and your shoe, you may find the orthopedic insole is thicker than your shoes current insole making the shoe fit too tight. It’s important to find an orthopedic insole that matches the type of shoe you intend to use them for. High volume insoles should work fine for boots and sneakers, but you may need low volume insoles for your dress shoes.
Upkeep & Maintenance
A lot of the insoles may claim to offer micro-bacterial odor fighting technology, but I have yet to find a pair that didn’t need to be rinsed and aired out periodically.
Wear and Replacement
Much like your shoes, your insoles will wear out over time. Expect to replace them at least once a year at least. Personally, I change them out much more frequently depending on when I feel their offering less support – usually every 4 to 6 months.
You may find that even though the insole is supposed to fit size 7 shoes, it doesn’t. In the case the insole is too big to fit comfortably in your shoe, just grab a pair of scissors and trim the toe area until they fit correctly.
A Final Note on Insoles
Adding orthotic insoles can make a shoe or sneaker that feels OK feel great and significantly relieve the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. I’ve included just a few of the best known insoles, but there are many out there. If you don’t want to go with the moldable insert, try Superfeet – they are sure to have an insole that matches the shape of your foot — and your shoes.
As always, my lists should be taken as suggestions and recommendations – try them and let me know what you think.