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Gel Orthotics or Custom Insoles?

 


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Gel orthotics are a type of shoe insert that provide the wearer with a level of comfort that is more so than the basic insoles that come with their shoes. Now, typically, the insoles that come in regular shoes are not necessary the most efficient ones for providing the individual with the support they really need on a daily basis. However, gel inserts really do not provide them with that much more support either. Since gel inserts have a significant level of give to them, they are not really designed to act as support, merely just padding to add the illusion of comfort.

For people who spend a lot of time on their feet, it is important that they wear shoes and insoles that actually provide an efficient level of energy transfer between the body and the ground beneath it. Considering the thousands of steps that the average human takes on a daily basis, and taking into account the weight of most people, multiplying those figures together makes for some pretty astounding numbers. What’s important about those numbers however is that they represent the amount of pressure and weight that is exerted upon the feet on a daily basis. When one considers these figures, it is pretty reasonable to assume that walking around on pillows may be less conducive to assisting the feet than say insoles that provide arch support.

EVA foam on the other hand can be used in conjunction with a hardened layer that will provide not just the padding that gel orthotics would, but also the support that actually protects the feet from excessive stress. The support referred to here is essentially for energy transfer. Essentially, the feet will transfer the energy from the body through two basic channels, the heel and the ball of the feet. Any extra contact points will lessen the effort needed by each contact point to transfer the weight.

Now, if one is looking for a cheap means of adding a little extra padding to their shoes, or filling them up more so the foot fits in them better, gel orthotics may be a fairly cost effective method. However, considering EVA foam provides the same amount of padding while also assuring that the feet are able to actual relieve the stress on them and not just pad them. It is important to remember this when looking out to purchase a new pair of insoles.

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