For some people, just wearing good, appropriate shoes may not always eliminate 100% of foot pain, no matter how big they are. So what else can you do to make yourself feel better and ease the pain? This is where the orthotic insoles (also known as Insoles) come into the picture. Orthotics are custom or over-the-counter. Custom orthotics can be tailored to the exact shape of your foot and foot disease. You can buy over-the-counter drugs online, at a shoe store, or at a pharmacy. In this blog, we’ll focus on over the counter orthotics.

What are the best orthotic insoles?

  • For high arches, look for a softer insole made with foam or gels.
  • For bunions, shop for 3/4 length insoles to give the forefoot more space.
  • For flat feet, consider a more structured insole made with neoprene or EVA.
  • For plantar fasciitis & heel spurs, look for an insole with a cupped heel and arch support.
  • For metatarsalgia, a full-length insole with lots of gel cushioning in the forefoot is best.



Orthotics have many uses. Some shoes are designed for people who don’t have a foot injury and just want comfort and support. When people with healthy feet wear orthotics, they are less likely to suffer foot and body injuries and prevent future foot problems. Others are prepared for an activity and are constructed with the activity’s behavior in mind. For example, running orthotics focus on energy return, sock absorption and lightweight materials. Although hiking orthotics need to provide more stability, support, and cushioning for difficult terrain. Then, there are orthotics that can be used to fight certain diseases, such as diabetes, Plantar fasciitis, knee pain, etc. . Diabetic orthotics should be made of special materials to protect sensitive feet as they lose sensation and reduce stress due to specific hot spots.


Arch support insole

Arch support: Orthotic insoles usually have one thing in common: arch support. This can also vary, with some having more arches than others. Because feet come in all shapes and shapes, including flat, high arched feet and everything in between, it’s important to buy the right foot. The best arch support insole will support the plantar fascia ligament, which connects the heel bone to the bottom of the toe. It keeps the foot in a neutral position to prevent the foot from rolling inward while walking and aligns the body upward from the ground. This helps prevent injuries and ensures proper and biomechanical movement of the body.

Proper biomechanics affects the alignment of many different parts of the foot, such as the big toe joint, the knee, the hip, and the lower back. If dysfunctional, it can lead to various foot problems, such as bunions, Plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Morton’s neuroma, and s toe pain.

Arch Support

arch support sport insoles



Orthoses can be made of rigid or viscous materials. The material chosen determines the purpose of the orthosis. Hard materials usually provide better support and more control. The soft material provides plenty of energy feedback, dispersing the impact and cushioning the feet. As they adapt to the exact shape of the foot over time, they are able to unload pressure points. Many orthoses are made of soft and hard materials to form a good overall orthosis. The placement of the material also plays an important role. Because of years of activity, placing thick gel or foam pads in the heel area of the sole of the Foot is essential to protect thinning fat pads. The forefoot area provides extra cushioning to relieve the extra pressure on the ball of the foot.

EVA Block, Neoprene, Ortholite

eva block

Top Cover

the material in direct contact with the feet is the top cover. Innovative techniques are used to create surfaces to prevent bacteria, fungi and odors from accumulating and absorbing moisture from the feet. This promotes a healthy foot environment, especially for sensitive feet that have lost consciousness due to diabetes or neuropathy. There are even fur-lined orthotics that can fit into boots and help keep your feet warm and comfortable!


Depending on the footwear, the insole can be pulled out or not, as the insole is stuck to the inside of the shoe. This will determine the type of orthosis you can insert. If the insole can not be removed, a thinner orthotic insole is required to accommodate shoes with little or no additional depth. This ensures that your feet will still feel comfortable as you add thickness. If the insole can be removed, the shoe may be able to accommodate thicker orthotics. The thickness also defines the buffer as described above.


Orthotic insoles can be divided into full length or 3/4  length. The Orthopedic appliance extends from the heel to the end of the toe, the full length of the shoe. Orthoses of 3/4 length usually extend to the area of the foot. Which shoe you choose depends on whether the shoe has a removable insole. For example, pumps or ballet shoes have narrow foresoles and no removable insoles. This creates a tight space and requires shorter orthotics.

Here is recommended for some Insoles



UCBL Orthotics Insoles

Orthotics for Flat Feet Arch Support



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