If you're suffering from heel discomfort there are a few things you can do to minimise it. Many people just accept the discomfort they feel and the tiredness they experience at the end of a long day spent on their feet. They might think it is a normal part of daily life if they haven’t experienced the relief that a proper insole can give by providing support throughout the day.
Tip One: Consider Trying Insoles
Scholl GelActiv® insoles come in three distinct varieties: Everyday, Sport and Work, for whichever activity you’re engaged in. While insoles are for both men and women, the different models cater to different sizes. Here’s a breakdown of the three varieties, and how they could help you:
· Everyday – These insoles are great all-rounders, suitable for casual footwear. They are designed to reduce excessive pressure, and the softer gel cushions the feet, acting as a shock absorber. Anyone who experiences tired legs at the end of a long day, after a long walking commute, or during long shopping or sightseeing trips, could benefit from soft everyday insoles.
· Sport – Specifically designed for physical activities, from the gym to the park, from hiking to long-distance running, and many more sports besides. These insoles are suitable for sports shoes and sneakers. Sports can put strain on joints such as ankles and knees, as well as your feet. The gel cushioning is there to minimize this strain.
· Work – insoles for more formal work shoes, or casual wear. If you work in construction, catering or even in crafts, for people who spend much of their day standing, work insoles help reduce excessive stress from standing and walking through soft gel cushioning, especially over uneven terrain. The design is made to prevent excessive stress.
Some insoles will not only provide more comfort and more support for your arches, but they will also absorb shock that your feet may experience while walking or running. Those end-of-day feet could feel that much more relaxed with the support of insoles.
Tip Two: Think About What You Wear
One way to ensure comfort is to consider the shoes you wear. While boots might be heavy, they do offer a lot of support, which is something of a trade-off. For thin soled shoes such as flats or sandals, you aren't given much support, which can affect your feet, especially the arches. Insoles could benefit you here too.
Also, for the sake of comfort for skin, try to rotate the shoes you wear daily and try not to wear the same pair of shoes for more than two days in a row. This will allow the toes and other parts of the shoe to dry out, and you won’t be wearing increasingly damp shoes that could affect your feet.
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