You’re an athlete. You train hard, and you take care of your body. But you also know that training can take a serious toll on your body. You know how to deal with sore muscles (ice baths, foam rolling, nutrition, etc.), but how do you deal with foot pain? That’s an entirely different beast.
In my running days, I always had trouble with my feet. I tried every shoe in the store, but I still had aching heels. That’s normal for runners (so they say), but insoles can help stop the pain.
The trick is to find the right insoles. Regular ones won’t offer the level of shock absorption that you need.
There are two insoles in particular that are great for athletes: Dr. Scholl’s Athletic Sport insoles and Hyperspace sports insoles. Each has a unique design, and they both help tackle different issues.
For Overall Support: Dr. Scholl’s Athletic Sport Insoles
Dr. Scholl’s insoles have a massaging gel that reduces stress on the joints and lower body. Designed for active people, these insoles
- Absorb shock
- Reduce muscle fatigue in the lower body
The flexible arch shell provides support, motion control and side-to-side stability. The massaging gel cradles the heel and ball of the foot to reduce stress where you need it most. Use them in court shoes, running shoes, sneakers and cross trainers.
Dr. Scholl’s says that its athletic sport insoles are designed to help prevent pain from shin splints, runner’s knee and even plantar fasciitis.
The Triple Zone Protection design reduces shock by 40% to minimize wear and tear on the legs.
Like other over-the-counter insoles, you’ll have to trim these to fit your shoe. Dr. Scholl’s provides guide lines to make it easy to trim them. They’ll need to be replaced every six months, but that’s common for these types of insoles. They’re inexpensive enough that replacing them shouldn’t be a big deal no matter how small your budget.
What’s great about these insoles is that they also work for wider shoes. If your shoes have a width of 4E, for example, these will still fit. And if you have narrower shoes, you can trim the sides using the guides to make the insoles a bit narrower.
It will take a little bit of work to get these insoles to be the right size. After all, each pair covers four different shoe sizes. But once you’ve trimmed them to fit your shoe, they’ll provide comfort and support for at least six months.
- Easy to wear
- Flexible and comfortable design
- Prevents pain
- Reduces shock by 40% for athletes
- Accommodates wide-width shoes
- Covers 4 sizes in one pair
The biggest issue with these insoles is that it can be tricky to get a good fit because it covers four shoe sizes.
With that said, I still give these insoles a rating of 86%. They offer excellent shock absorption, which is so important for athletes, and the massaging gel prevents pain. Plus, the inexpensive price tag makes these insoles accessible to virtually everyone.
For Plantar Fasciitis Help: Hyperspace Sports Insole
One of the biggest problems facing athletes, especially runners, is plantar fasciitis. The heel pain can be unbearable, and even though the condition goes away on its own (usually), it can take months to heal.
In the meantime, you’re not able to train because the pain is just too much. If you’re training for a race or a competition, you know that you can’t afford to take that long of a break.
Hyperspace’s sports insoles are designed to help with plantar fasciitis pain as well as high arches. These insoles are actually medical grade, and are doctor-recommended.
These are the best shoe inserts for people with more stubborn foot pain.
Two shock-absorbing pads are situated at the heel and ball of the foot to reduce stress and pain. These insoles are flexible and feature slip resistance to keep them in place while in your shoe.
If you’ve had issues with insoles sliding around while you’re running or training, the non-slip design of these insoles can help combat that. Ultimately, the design of the insole helps distribute pressure evenly and keep the foot in proper alignment.
The U-shaped heel cup cradles the heel while offering support and stability. It helps prevent or reduce pain from high-impact exercise.
These insoles also have more rigid support through the heel and arch. The top layer of this insole is soft and comfortable. It features an anti-bacterial, breathable fabric to keep your feet comfortable and cool all day.
Like the Dr. Scholl’s insoles, these must also be trimmed to fit your shoes. But these ones come in different size groups which cover just two shoe sizes. It’s much easier to trim and find the right fit with these insoles. The guide lines are imprinted on the bottom of the insole, which makes it really easy to get a precise fit.
It’s about as close to a custom size as you can get.
- Easy to trim
- Provides shock absorption in heel and ball of the foot
- Helps alleviate plantar fasciitis pain
- Rigid arch support
- No massaging action
The one advantage the Dr. Scholl’s insoles have over Hyperspace’s insoles is that they offer massaging action. I feel like this is an important feature, and a big part of the reason why MindInsole is still my top pick for insoles.
Still, when it comes to sports, these insoles offer the shock absorption and cushioning you need to prevent or reduce pain.
Overall, I give these insoles a rating of 88%. They’re nearly perfect. They’re easy to trim, they offer shock absorption for high-impact activities, and they can be work for all sorts of activities.
Both Dr. Scholl’s and Hyperspace offer great insoles for athletes and active people. They address the problem areas of the foot – the heel and the ball – to absorb more shock and prevent fatigue.
The right insole for you will depend on your personal needs and preferences. Each one of these products has its own benefits and drawbacks.