Orthotic insoles are getting a lot of media attention these days. I thought it would be worthwhile to write a short article outlining the basics of what exactly these things are. We'll discuss how they're used, who should use them as well as some benefits that a person should expect from these products. As you read the following text, keep in mind that I'm not a doctor! If you're interested in buying a set of insoles, I recommend doing a lot of research. There is a ton of good information online - Use it! You may also want to consider buying these inserts online as well. There are a lot of good deals to be had in cyberspace. If you really don't know what to do, visit a health care professional. They'll sort you out.

So for those of you that don't know, orthotic insoles are basically those inserts that you put into a shoe. There is a variety of different models available. This is to accommodate the many different feet shapes and sizes out there. There is also specialized insoles that perform certain functions better than others. For example, one orthotic insert may be good for heel support while another one is tailored for the ball of the foot. Generally speaking though, all insoles are meant to do the same thing. They do a wonderful job of relieving heel pain, knee pain and foot pain. It's well documented that a quality set of orthotic insoles will do more than this though. They've been known to help improve posture and align the body as well.

There are basically three groups of people that could potentially benefit from using orthotic shoe insoles. The first and most obvious are the athletes. Anyone who runs, jogs or walks knows how these types of activities can affect the feet. A good insole has been known to alleviate some of the effects of shin splints, a common condition suffered my many runners.

Overweight people can also use the extra support and cushioning of an insole. This has to do with the shoe inserts natural ability to distribute weight evenly and absorb the shock or impact of a heavy step.

The third type of people that often use these inserts are people that spend a lot of time on their feet. If you work in a warehouse or factory, there is a good chance that you're forced to stand or walk a lot. Further to this, you're probably walking on concrete as well. A normal pair of shoes isn't always enough. At the end of a long shift, a lot of people feel aching throughout their whole body. A big reason for this is the lack of a proper foot support system.

People basically use orthotic insoles to fix and prevent pain. If you'd like to know more a specific brands of insoles, check out my articles on the Superfeet Insoles, the Powerstep Insoles, and the Spenco Insoles. Thanks!