Do you need insoles?
The sound of the word ‘insoles’ often puts people off right away. Why?
Well, they sound like they would be uncomfortable and hard to adjust to, there are loads of bad quality ones available on the market that cause more harm than benefit, and it is generally thought that insoles will make you weaker or lazy?!
I always use the example of wearing glasses as a comparison. Glasses don’t make your eyes weaker, but they enhance your ability to see more clearly, and get less head aches, right?
When used appropriately insoles will allow you to weight bear more efficiently, reducing risk of injury, reducing pain and enhancing performance.
If you think about what happens at the foot and ankle when you are walking, it may make more sense to you;
When you walk you land on your foot, taking your entire body weight and often landing on hard surfaces (eg. pavement, road, tiles etc). If you land on an unstable foot you will land more heavily, you will poorly overload some structures more than others, and you will damage your joints (..not just the ankles!). This damage is increased with increased force and power generated during higher impact, for example in impact sports (eg. running).
When used appropriately insoles will help to realign the foot and ankle into a more appropriate and safer position, optimising weight bearing patterns and making you more efficient.
How will you know if you need insoles?
Well, it must start with a gait analysis. There is no other accurate way to properly assess gait patterns enabling sound diagnosis and treatment.
Do you need to be an athlete for insoles to be appropriate?
Not at all.
Sure, if you are not an athlete or not very active at all the amount of damage that is done from poor weight bearing patterns is less, but still there. Insoles could be appropriate for anybody who presents with ankle instability, asymmetrical gait patterns and/or arch collapse (flat feet).
The gait analysis software we use provides information on both joint instability AND muscle imbalance (even at the hips and pelvis). Our aim is to address ALL muscle imbalances to ensure you are functioning optimally and at your best before prescribing insoles. If there is a combination of both muscle imbalance and joint instability the appropriate rehabilitation will be recommended along with a prescription for insoles.
Must you be in pain to have a gait analysis or inquire about insoles?
Absolutely not. Having a gait analysis could help you to reduce risk of injury and preserve your joints, by giving a clear indication of any muscle imbalance that requires addressing with rehab, and whether or not insoles are actually appropriate.
What is the process?
Have a read about our gait analysis process here.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have, so please do get in touch here! If you are interested in having you gait analysed use the CODE #GAIT20% for 20% OFF your gait analysis and 10% OFF your insoles order if they are necessary.