Insoles, also known as shoe inserts or footbeds, are removable inserts that are placed inside a shoe to provide additional support, cushioning, and comfort to the feet. They can be made from a variety of materials, including foam, gel, cork, and plastic.
Insoles can help to alleviate a variety of foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and high arches, by providing extra arch support or cushioning to the heel and ball of the foot. They can also help to correct foot and gait abnormalities, such as overpronation or supination.
Insoles come in different shapes and sizes to fit different types of shoes, and can be purchased over-the-counter or customized to fit an individual's specific foot shape and needs. They can be particularly beneficial for individuals who spend long periods of time on their feet, or who engage in activities that place a lot of stress on the feet, such as running or hiking.
It is important to choose the right type of insole for your foot condition and activity level, and to ensure that they fit properly inside your shoes to prevent discomfort or irritation. Consulting with a healthcare professional or a shoe specialist can help you select the right type of insole for your needs.