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Running With Orthotics: The Best Arch Support Insoles


Dr. Pooja Gajare

 on October 31, 2021. 
Reviewed by 

Joel Taylor

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Whether to use foot supports for running or not is a common question that comes into the mind of most runners.

Not everyone necessarily needs an insole for running, such as perfectly healthy individuals who have never experienced foot pain or excessive fatigue. However, orthotic insoles don't have to be reserved for those with debilitating conditions and chronic pain.

How to Tell if You Need Insoles for Running

To know if you need additional insoles or not while running, there are 2 questions you need to ask yourself:

  1. Do your feet hurt while running?
  2. Do your shoes fit you correctly?

If your answer to either of these questions is a yes, then there is a high chance that you probably do need a pair of insoles. On the other hand, if the answer to both of these questions is a no, then you might not necessarily need to use insoles while running. Though they might still benefit you, they aren't a necessity.

» Will orthotics provide arch support while running? Consider investing in Upstep's running custom orthotics that absorbs shock and reduces pain while you're active

Can You Use Your Existing Insoles in Your Running Shoes?

If your existing insoles fit comfortably into your shoes and don't slide around, then you are free to use them. If you use arch support insoles for flat feet, you'll probably need them for running as well. However, an insole specially made for running would be better as the biomechanics of your body change while running, and the insole needs to meet those demands.

Should You Change the Insoles of Your Running Shoes?

Different pairs of running shoes have different insoles. Some can be removed, and some cannot. If your exercise shoes have removable insoles, then you should remove them and replace them with your new pair of custom or prefabricated ones instead.

However, if your exercise shoes don't have removable insoles, it's important to specify this when making your order from Upstep. Our experts will take this into account and customize a pair of insoles that can still be used in those shoes specifically.

The Best Insoles for Running

Depending upon the type of exercise you are engaging in, and even the running style, the insoles should be specific to adhere to and meet the demands of those activities.

It's also important to understand that using insoles for a particular activity can't use a one-size-fits-all approach. Whether you need harder or softer materials depends on your specific situation as much as the type of exercise you're doing. For instance, running inserts for plantar fasciitis would not necessarily be the same as the best running insoles for pronation or supination, regardless of the intensity of the running (marathons compared to sprints).

At Upstep, there are insoles customized to your activity plus the unique shape and condition of your feet. Whether you need orthotics for runner's knees, insoles for running with high arches, or even heel inserts, Upstep can provide the best sole inserts for your running shoes, regardless of the intensity of your chosen exercise.

Why Upstep Insoles Are the Best for Runners

Running with Upstep insoles gives you the support you need to hit the pavement. As they are customized for your feet, their unique materials effectively absorb shock and drastically reduce pain and injuries caused by running. Each pair is made of different layers carefully chosen for their unique function: Cushioning, shock absorption, arch support, moisture-wicking, and flexibility.

Additionally, if you aren't happy with the results, we will reassess and design a new pair free of charge. If you still aren't satisfied after 120 days, we will refund you the total amount you spent.

» Still unsure whether Upstep's running orthotics are for you? Read the running custom orthotics review

Should You Purchase Insoles?

With all the benefits of arch support listed above, it is highly recommended to purchase a pair of custom-made insoles that will meet your individual need and foot shape. Orthotics are supposed to make your daily living and sport more comfortable and pain-free, in addition to reducing the chance of future injuries. Not everyone needs them, but you have the liberty to purchase them if you want.

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