When to change your sports insoles
Have you already got your sports insoles? Are you satisfied with your purchase or are you still looking for a better product? It is also possible that you have found your insoles, they fit your needs perfectly, but after so many training sessions you don’t know whether you should replace them. There are many reasons why we could think about changing our sports insoles, and in the following article we are going to analyse in detail and help you so that your next purchase is an even better choice.
I am looking for even better sports insoles
As we explained in our previous article (“How to choose running insoles”), running and sports insoles are, generally speaking, a medical product: they minimise the impact that our body receives with each stride and help us avoid injuries and improve our performance. Insoles alter our way of running, affect our health and, for this reason, we repeat once more the importance of using insoles of manufacturers with experience and prestige in the health sector. A good way of ensuring our purchase is to check that the sports insoles have the European Community certificate for medical devices.
Another basic aspect when evaluating the quality of sports insoles is the material with which they are made. We should not forget that our senses and perceptions can “trick us”. So, for example, whereas gel insoles may initially offer a greater feeling of comfort, if we look at scientific studies (*) we can see that in reality it is the viscoelastic materials such as NOENE which can absorb more energy, as much as 92%. This absorbing capacity is what helps us avoid the vibrations produced in each stride from affecting our joints negatively.
I want more stability
You have twisted your ankle many times. You want to run on more irregular terrain. You start a sport with frequent changes of direction and speed (tennis, for example). If you are looking for more stability, your best option are ergonomic sports insoles, such as ERGOPRO AC+ or ERGONOMIC-AC2, which have a support on the plantar arch and fit the anatomy of the foot perfectly. In this way, you will be able to move forward with more security in each stride.
I want more feeling of comfort
The ergonomic insoles we mentioned above also offer a greater feeling of comfort, due to the support of the plantar arch and the foam base they have. If you also prioritise that feeling of wellbeing in your feet, they may be a good choice for your next purchase.
I want more feeling of contact with the ground
If, on the other hand, what you are looking for is maximum lightness and a feeling of contact with the ground, you should try the INVISIBLE-SOS1, the finest and lightest absorbing insoles in the market (just 1 mm in thickness and 13 grams weight!). Ideal for competitions!
I have changed sport and/or footwear
Perhaps the most well-known today are running insoles, since over the last few years running has gained many followers. However, not only runners can use insoles to help prevent injuries. The most popular sports today (among them football, tennis, paddle) also involve running and that is, precisely, what adds a workload to our lower extremities.
On many occasions the fact of starting a new sport also involves a change of footwear, since your needs may change and, in fact, the use of suitable footwear can be key to preventing pain and injuries. The use of a more or less flexible sole, the weight of the shoes, the fact that they are higher or lower… are some of the factors you should analyse according to the sport you do.
Additionally, along with your sports shoes, you should also ensure that your absorbing insoles are the most appropriate for you. Here are some tips…
- The UNIVERSAL NO2 sports insoles, 2 mm thick, protect the joints and can be placed above or below the original insole of the shoe, or also combine with the orthopaedic insole that some players need to correct or alleviate specific pathologies.
- In demanding sports such as basketball or tennis (with a small playing area, a large amount of stopping and speeding, changes of direction, jumps…) it is highly probable that we are looking for some help in stabilising our step and thus avoiding the much-feared ankle sprains and other injuries. In this sense, remember that ergonomic insoles such as ERGOPRO AC+ and ERGONOMIC AC2, with support in the plantar arch, are those that offer greater stability.
- If you are thinking about taking part in running competitions and what you are looking for in these races is maximum lightness and a feeling of contact with the ground, a good option are the INVISIBLE-SOS1 insoles, the absorbent insoles that are just 1 mm thick and weigh 13 grams.
- If what you want is to reduce the feeling of tiredness and muscular fatigue, try the OPTIMUM-OFP2 absorbent sports insoles that also have the Nexus Energy Source fabric: a hi-tech fibre with ultrafine particles of platinum, titanium and aluminium. This fabric emits beneficial infrared waves that activate the blood circulation and oxygenation of the tissues.
- For people who like walking in the mountain, of interest may be the use of heel-pads such as the SPECIFIC-TC 4, which with 4 mm thickness specifically protects the heel area.
Don’t hesitate to check out our offer in sports insoles to find yours!
I have started using orthopaedic insoles
Finally, another reason that may oblige us to change sports insoles is the use of orthopedic insoles:
- Personalised insoles can be used with absorbent insoles such as the UNIVERSAL NO2 or the INVISIBLE-SOS1. Check with your doctor!
- In contrast, they are incompatible with ergonomic insoles such as ERGOPRO AC+ and ERGONOMIC AC2, which already have their own plantar arch to adapt to the form of your foot.
(*) Drop test, December 2013.
Study with 21 runners: evaluation of the capacity to absorb vibrations during the race. Drop test made with 7 different insoles: of EVA, gel insert and with NOENE material.