Not all running insoles are designed the same and no running insole is perfect for every runner. You need to do your research and find out which running insole is perfect for you. With literally hundreds of running insoles on the market right now, this can very difficult. However don’t fret, just read on and your choices for a running insole will become much clearer.
1. Visit your running store to have your foot and walking stride analyzed.
Local running stores often analyze your running and walking stride for free. It is often called your ‘gait analysis’. However, if you walk into any good running store, they will know what you mean by ‘having a look at the way you run’. The professional or running store will usually determine if you either have a flat, neutral and high arched foot. This is really important as it determines what type of pronation (the level of rolling your foot experiences on each stride) you have on every stride.
For example, if you have a flat foot, then you will need a support insole with some relative stability control to give you that extra support and prevent you from rolling your foot in too much during your run which often causes arch pain. However, the running insole should also provide you with that right level of cushioning as well and flexibility.
2. Get the running insole which feels the most comfortable to you
Do you prefer more cushioning or do you feel more in touch with the road? All of these are important factors in determining which running insole is right for you. While the running store and professional can give you all this advice about a running insole which is best suited to your needs, you need to choose the one which is most comfortable to you. There is no point in running in running insoles which you do not feel comfortable with and causes you pain.
3. Make sure the running insoles fit your shoes
When buying running insoles, always take your running shoes with you. It is impossible to determine if a running insole fits your shoes if you don’t take them along. Poor fitting running insoles can cause more damage than good if they slip all over the place in your running insole.
The best way to tell if a running insole fits your running shoe is to actually try to fit them into your running shoe in the store. Most good running stores will allow you to even test try some of them before you buy. If you are unable to bring your running insoles with you, the best way is to buy a size bigger than your actual running insoles. Running insoles can usually be cut to fit with a pair of scissors to fit.
4. Take a test run in your running insoles before you buy
Now some running stores don’t allow you to try your running insoles before you buy. However if you can, try them on and give a run around the shop. While some running insoles feel great standing still, they might feel horrible once you’re running.
5. To prevent injuries replace your running insoles once in every 500 miles
Like running shoes, running insoles will need to replaced once in every 500 miles. This prevents injuries as with everything, your running insoles will wear down with use and time as well. If you have expensive running insoles, then you can alternatively get these repaired for a low cost as well either by a podiatrist or sometimes even your local running store.