6 Tips On How To Use Insoles Along With Its Care
Do you have old worn out shoes that seem to make your feet feel sore almost all the time while you are walking or running? If you are experiencing this problem, then chances are that you need to start thinking about placing in new insoles into your shoes. As we all know, insoles serve a number of different purposes, and there are also different reasons for why people choose to buy a customized insole rather than go with the typical shoe stock insole.
Depending on the design, the insoles main function is to provide your feet with comfort and protect your foot from rubbing against the hard surface of the bottom of your shoe. When you come in contact with the bottom, it can be very hard on the foot and can also cause small injuries like blisters and calluses.
If you are a runner or a hard-core athlete, going with an athletic shoe with an orthopedic insole, will also help give you more support and balance as you work out, whereas for leather insoles that are usually found in black shoes, absorb the perspiration.
Replacing a damaged or worn out insole, or installing a support insole or an orthopedic one is very easy to replace. All you have to do is know the basic steps and how can prepare for this the proper way before you place it inside your shoe. In this article, we will be teaching you the basics of how to put the insoles into your shoe properly.
How to Replace an Old Insole
Before you start replacing your insoles, you must prepare the needed materials. There is not much but here are some of the things that you will need to take out before you start:
- Utility Knife.
- Screw driver.
- The first thing you will need to do, is insert a small screwdriver or you can use your fingernail to loosen the insole from either the heel, front end of the shoes. Make sure that you take it out properly, without damaging the material from inside.
- You can use a piece of paper to trace the shape of the old insole that you have, if in any case that they one you bought is not the right size, or does not fit your shoe properly when you try to insert it with the end first. Before you buy an insole, it will also help to get the exact measurements of your shoe, as well as bring a copy with you to show retailers, that way they can help you get the right one that will fit your shoe perfectly.
- With a utility knife or a pair of scissors, trim around the insole so that it matches the pattern that is traced into your shoe. Trim a little more off the insole if you used a piece of paper to trace the bottom of your shoe instead of the insole.
- To make sure that the insole you bought fits properly, put your shoe on with a normal sock. Wear the shoe and then walk around in them, as you would normally do, so that you can get used to the feel of the insole, as well as set it correctly and conforms the shape of your foot and your walking or running pattern.
- Take note that you can easily install an orthopedic insole over the stock insole that already comes with the shoe, without removing it and still be able to walk comfortably and fit your feet well into the shoes.
- Occasionally, the new insoles that you buy will normally come with mounting tape or needs to be glued to the inside of your shoe. If this is required, expose the back of the mounting tape or apply some glue to the bottom part of the insole before you place it inside the shoes.
Use and care for insoles
Before you start walking with your new insoles, it is important to know how to care for it, and how to use it properly. Here are some tips that you can follow to use your insoles the proper way:
- Start gradually wearing your new insoles: foot balance insoles enhance function of your foot muscles. During the first few weeks of use you may start to experience discomfort mildly because your muscles are starting to adapt. If possible, only wear the insoles for a few hours a day first, so that you can gradually get use to wearing it. As you start to get comfortable, start to increase the time that you wear it each day. After a period of one week, start wearing the insoles as much as you can throughout the day, and everyday.
- Regularly wear your insoles for the good of your body: by properly support your insoles, the balance that it provides helps align your entire body, so that you get the most benefit out of wearing your insoles.