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Should I Wear Orthotic Insoles When Exercising for Foot Pain?

Want to purchase a pair of insoles for exercise, or wanting to know if your existing pair can handle the exercise? Read this article to find out.

Joel Taylor
By Joel Taylor
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Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published July 31, 2021.

Most conditions that cause pain in the feet will naturally worsen during exercise. If you have a painful foot condition and are prescribed orthotics for them, you might find yourself asking yourself whether you can wear them during exercise or not.

Luckily, there is some positive news about this.

Using Your Custom Orthotics While Exercising

If you have a pair of custom orthotics, they have been designed to make your feet operate in a certain way for as much time as possible, and this includes during exercise. In addition, most orthotics are designed to fit in neutral shoes, which applies to trainers as well.

The only thing you have to be concerned about is that the increased impact on your orthotics might cause them to wear down quicker than if you were sedentary. However, don't let that be a reason not to use them.

Purchasing Insoles Specifically for Exercise

If you don't already have a pair of orthotics prescribed for a foot condition, you might still benefit from getting a premade pair to use while exercising. If you are prone to heel or foot pain, you might be susceptible to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a number of situations, including excessive impact stress to the bottom of your feet.

If you feel that you might need a little extra cushioning on your feet during exercise, consider getting a pair of insoles.

Check With Your Podiatrist

If you still have reservations about whether or not your insoles can handle the added pressure of exercise, consulting with a registered podiatrist can help you make the decision.