When you change the insoles you have right now to insoles for work boots (ones specifically designed for this purpose), get ready for happier feet!
The truth is that if you’re required to wear safety boots or safety shoes at work such as the ones with steel toes, you must pay attention to your feet and footwear. Paying attention to your footwear means not only selecting shoes made to be durable and protect your feet from hazards but also to pay attention to the insoles that are inside the shoes. Shoe manufacturers can’t possibly know that Bobby needs flat feet insoles while Randy needs normal arch insoles or that Sam has bunions and Max has Achilles tendonitis.
The shoe manufacturers expect you are going to customize their excellently designed safety boots or safety shoes to fit your feet so don’t take it for granted that just because you spent over $100 on the shoes, they are perfect.
Many companies are creating excellent insoles for work boots that follow the 4-in-one plan:
- They have arch support to match what your foot needs. To do this, their insole line may include a specific set of insoles for work boots for those with low arches, those with medium arches, and those with high arches. This refers to the medial longitudinal arch of the feet.
One of the companies that does this is FootDisc. They make insoles for work boots called FootDisc Hardboot Insoles. These are designed to reduce strain felt in your feet from shoes or boots that have to lock your ankle and prevent motion.
The longer your ankle is locked in a position without freedom to move around, the greater the chance that the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones will start to conform to this new ankle-locked position. This can induce foot injuries or foot conditions.
FootDisc Hardboot Medium Arch Insoles as well as FootDisc Hardboot Low Arch Insoles and Footdisc Hardboot High Arch Insoles are created with a full length bottom plate built of an EVA Rubber Compound with poron heel and metatarsal protection pads. They’re built to last.
Another advantage of these insoles for work boots is that the FootDisc Hardboot Insoles are created in such a way that your feet don’t waste energy on unwanted movements and allow your feet to feel at their finest during the propulsion phase of walking. Without this feature, your feet will tire and you’ll find yourself not wanting to take any steps, and decreasing the number of steps you take during the day on the job.
Without adequate arch support in insoles for work boots, your feet will tire easily.
- Metatarsal Arch Support
When you’re standing on your feet all day long, your feet can easily start hurting in the ball of the foot area. This is the area of the secondary arch in the foot, called the metatarsal arch area. Good ergonomic design of insoles for work boots will have metatarsal arch support built into them.
One of the insoles for work boots that has this type of support is the New Balance Pressure Relief Insoles with Metatarsal Support. This one also has extra cushioning in the heel area and custom made air flow channels for hot days when your feet want to be out of shoes! The New Balance Pressure Relief Insoles with Metatarsal Support are perfect for diabetics who have jobs where they are standing all day.
- Deep Heel Cup
Superfeet was one of the first companies to initiate the deep heel cup design. In their insoles for work boots – one called Superfeet merinoGREY Premium insoles, you’ll find a deep heel cup that is set to absorb excessive shock forces on the feet from walking. At the same time, the Superfeet merino GREY Premium insoles will also align the foot properly when you walk because of this deep heel cup design. By the way, the merino wool top cover is 90% hypoallergenic and gives your feet the feeling of luxurious comfort while you’re at work. What could be better than that?
- Cushioning Layers
Ask any podiatrist what is one of the worst case scenarios for creating tired feet and you’ll hear them say walking on hard cement or extremely hard surfaces. The excessive pounding beats up the feet. That’s why the American Podiatric Medical Association puts their stamp of approval on insoles for work boots that have extra cushioning. You might not be able to control the surfaces you have to walk on during your 9 to 5 job, but you can still control what’s directly underneath your feet by carefully selecting a cushioned insole.
An example of this for insoles for work boots is the Sole Custom Footbed Ultra, which is the thickest insole in the Sole line. It’s 3.2 millimeters thick. You can tell whether or not you need extra cushioning by slipping on a pair of these for a few days. If you find almost instant relief, there’s your answer.
Insoles for work boots are essential. They can make the difference between you coming home dead tired and cranky versus you walking in the door to your home greeting your family with a smile.