Science & Health

Soles of Pain, How to Relieve It

People experience pain every day, including in the feet.

Jim Keim, a mobility instructor  or the Maryland School for the Blind, said he “very much so” experience pain in his feet while walking around and working with his students. Little do people with feet pain know that much of this pain is caused by their shoes, specifically the sole or insole of the shoe. The average shoe is made by a machine and has a flat insole.

Although some people have flat feet and don’t have a problem with the factory insoles, many people have curved feet. This creates a problem where unnecessary stress is put on the heal and toes which causes the user discomfort. There is a very simple solution to this: create an insole that is made to fit all different types of feet. As luck would have it, there are three different companies who have come up with solutions to these problems.

Ortholite is the first company. Their motto is “comfort from the inside out.” Their latest insole line is called Impressions. This sole is a foam that conforms to the foot when stepped on so the weight of the body will be evenly distributed over the foot. This is also a type of memory foam meaning it will spring back after pressure is removed from the foam.


The next company is Dr. Scholl’s with their Active Series Insoles. These insoles were made to reduce the stress in everyday life to prevent Runners Knee, shin splints, and Plantar Fasciitis in the fitness world. The insole was designed with three protection zones as shown in the photo below. The first zone, the ball of the foot, helps distribute pressure throughout push-off. Zone two, the arch of the foot, improves transition of weight from landing to push-off. Lastly, zone three, the heel of the foot, helps absorb the impact of the landing.


The final company is called Footprint Insoles. Their newest line of insoles is called the Game Changers. As shown in the picture below, this not only helps the foot, but the person’s posture and his ankles as well. These insoles were meant for people like skateboarders who put a lot of stress on their feet. The insoles help cushion the blow of the impacts of landing, running, jumping, and other strenuous activities involving feet.


The pain from the feet can be easily resolved by getting new insoles. This is the easiest solution, and by spending a few dollars, people could be pain free.


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