How can I avoid pain in my feet and lower back from standing too much or walking on hard flooring?
If you stand for long periods of time, your legs can swell and ache. You may also develop varicose veins, poor circulation and foot and joint problems. When you stand, shift your weight and walk around. Wear proper footwear and shoe inserts and stand on cushioned floor mats for long-term support.
Are inserts and insoles the same?
While they are not the same, they are similar:
Inserts give targeted support and/or cushioning for a specific part of your foot, such as the heel, arch or ball of the foot.
Insoles offer more general support and cushioning for your whole foot. There are many types of insoles and inserts for all kinds of foot problems and shoes. Speak to your podiatrist or other healthcare provider about the best product for your needs.
Both inserts and insoles can help relieve arch and heel pain, as well as pain that comes from plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, shin splints, calluses, corns, bunions and hammer toes. They can also help certain types of leg, posture, lower back and neck pain.
Cushioned insoles tend to be thicker than standard shoe insoles and come in a large variety of materials. Corrective inserts help place your foot in a more neutral position if it doesn’t sit properly in your shoe.
What are orthotic inserts and how can they help my feet?
Orthotic inserts are specially made by podiatrists or other healthcare providers to fit each wearer individually. A small change in the support of the foot can correct an imbalance and make your foot function correctly. That may provide relief to other areas of the body, as well. Most local pharmacies offers orthotic inserts. Speak to your pharmacist about which one is right for you.
How can I make my high heels and open-toe shoes feel better?
Try an insert or insole that cushions and absorbs shock, mostly in the ball of the foot area. Special open-toe insoles are made shorter and narrower so they fit into these types of shoes. A heel liner can also help prevent rubbing and slipping.
Related Guide(s) – Foot Care
- Complete Foot Care. How To Take Care Of Your Feet.
- Foot Care Inserts & Insoles. How To Avoid Foot Pain.
- How To Stop Foot Sweat And Odor. How To Prevent Stinky Feet.
- How To Avoid & Treat Athlete’s Foot.
- How Do You Treat Corns & Calluses On Your Feet.
- How To Treat Warts On Your Feet And Between Toes.
- Do I Need Shoe Orthotics?- WebMD
- Foot Pain Tips- WebMD
- What are Prescription Custom Orthotics? – APMA
- Choosing the Best Insoles – What’s The Difference?
- The Ultimate Insole Buying Guide
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