Common Reasons for Buying an Insoles
  • Heel Spurs & Heel Pain
  • Supination
  • Standing
  • Hallux Rigidus, Hallux Limitus, & Morton’s Toe
  • Metatarsalgia & Ball-of-Foot Pain
  • Diabetes & Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis & Arch Pain
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Running, Walking, & Shin Splints
  • Over-Pronation

1.Heel Spurs & Heel Pain

still, you’ll want to seek an insole with plenitude of bumper and padding at the heel of the bottom, If you suffer from heel spurs or other heel pain. There are a wide range of products for this, from full- length insoles to 3/ 4- length insoles to heel insert pieces. Check out our Heel Spurs and Heel Pain Insoles and Inserts runner for a full list of products that will help


Supination, or under- pronation, refers to the outside roll of the bottom when taking a normal step. The bottom is designed to roll inwards slightly during each step(” pronation”), so the outside roll of the bottom frequently leads to pain and discomfort. To help supination, seek either asemi-rigid or rigid orthotic bow support to help keep the bottom aligned and supported at all times. The combination of arch support and heel support that you’ll find in an orthotic bow support will naturally help to correct supination by guiding the bottom’s movement towards natural pronation. For first- time buyers, we suggest asemi-rigid orthotic bow support; for those seeking aggressive bow support, we recommend a rigid orthotic bow support.


Anyone who spends long periods of time standing typically suffers from foot pain. To prevent this, seek a cushioned arch support, which will help keep the foot gently supported throughout the day and relieve pressure off the foot. Foam insoles work best to alleviate pain from standing. Visit our Insoles for Standing page for a full list of insoles that work best for alleviating pain from standing.

4.Hallux Rigidus, Hallux Limitus, & Morton’s Toe

To prevent pain and discomfort caused by Hallux Rigidus, Hallux Limitus, or Morton’s Toe, you will want to choose a stiff insole to prevent your toes from flexing. The toe-box of almost all shoes are designed to flex while taking a step, so you will want an insole that can prevent this flex as completely as possible. Our Hallux Rigidus, Limitus, and Morton’s Toe pages have several products designed to be worn under your existing insoles that will prevent your footwear from flexing.

5.Metatarsalgia & Ball-of-Foot Pain

If you suffer from metatarsalgia or other forefoot pain, you’ll want to choose an insole that features a metatarsal pad and plenty of top-coat cushioning. A cushioned arch support tends to be the best option here, but we do offer semi-rigid and rigid arch support options for those seeking more support for their foot. Visit our Metatarsal Insoles & Inserts page for a full list of insoles best for metatarsalgia and ball-of-foot pain relief.

6.Diabetes & Arthritis

Those suffering from diabetes and/or arthritis will need an insole that will be gentle on the feet, assist with circulation, and minimize the abuse and shock that the feet naturally suffer every day. Because there are specific requirements to be considered a diabetic or arthritic insole, we would advise you to start browsing on our Diabetic and Arthritic Insoles page for a full list of suitable insoles for these conditions.

7.Plantar Fasciitis & Arch Pain

When seeking relief from plantar fasciitis and foot arch pain, you’ll want to look for an orthotic arch support with good cushioning. A foam orthotic arch support with either a semi-rigid footbed or rigid footbed works best. For first-time buyers, we recommend trying a semi-rigid orthotic arch support for a good combination of support, flexibility, and comfort. For those who have worn orthotics before and are seeking more aggressive arch support, we recommend choosing a rigid orthotic arch support. If you have room in your shoes, a layer of foam cushioning will help further alleviate pain, otherwise look for low-profile insoles to accommodate tighter-fitting footwear. Visit our Plantar Fasciitis Insoles page for a full list of insoles best for plantar fasciitis and arch pain relief.

8.Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a burning, tingling, or sharp pain felt in the forefoot and is typically caused by a compressed or irritated nerve in the forefoot. If you suffer from Morton’s Neuroma, you will want an insole or insert with a metatarsal pad for your footwear as well as additional forefoot padding to relieve pressure on the irritated nerve. Visit our Morton’s Neuroma page for a full list of insoles and inserts for pain relief.

9.Running, Walking, & Shin Splints

Runners, avid walkers, and those suffering from shin splints often need a combination of flexible support and shock absorption in their insoles. For this, seek either a cushioned arch support or a semi-rigid orthotic arch support that is either a full gel construction or features gel padding at the heel and forefoot. Cushioned arch supports and semi-rigid arch supports will allow the flexibility you’ll want with an active activity, and the gel padding will absorb impact shock to reduce fatigue on the feet and knees. Our Walking & Running Insoles pages have a number of products to suit these needs.


Pronation is natural and refers to the natural inward roll of the foot when taking a step. Over-pronation deals with the condition of the foot rolling too far inwards when taking a step, which can often lead to instability and foot pain. To correct over-pronation, seek either a semi-rigid or rigid orthotic arch support to help keep the foot aligned and supported at all times. The combination of arch support and heel support that you will find in an orthotic arch support will naturally help to correct over-pronation. For first-time buyers, we suggest a semi-rigid orthotic arch support; for those seeking aggressive arch support, we recommend a rigid orthotic arch support.

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