Patients have found that to lesson the pressure and trauma to feet by using a variety of different things including insoles can be helpful. Insoles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and price ranges.
The BYU Capstone PC Shoe team found that a really soft thick memory foam on top and then a harder material underneath to make the insole soft and sturdy works the best. They also found that Vasyli Armstrong II Insole (www.vasylimedical.com) at a cost of about $50 USD also reduces pressure by about 30%. This is a much better pressure reduction than any of the other insoles recommended by PC Patients in the insole survey. If you use the Vasyli Armstrong II or other insoles, we welcome your feedback. To read the results of the BYU capstone project see the April 2013 PC NewsBrief.
Other PC patients have found the following types of insoles to be helpful.
Ideal for treating lazy eye or when an eye cover is needed. Fits comfortably behind glasses, yet allows the eyelid to move freely.
K6a patient "I found a "bandage" that is PERFECT for blisters on the heel. It's called the Nexcare Opticlude Eye Patch. Obviously made for the eye, but absolutely superb for heel blisters. Nice sized padding in the center w/ think, flesh-colored tape all the way around the padding. Stays all day even w/ friction from the shoe. EXCELLENT product."
The feet are a perfect map of the body. All the organs, glands and body parts are represented in the feet. They are the part of the body which takes the most wear. They have to bear our weight, they are under constant pressure and we often cram them into shoes that donât always fit. The feet are the part of the body which is the furthest from the heart and is where circulation tends to stagnate. This is why people with bad circulation often have tender or swollen feet. Pregnancy and certain types of medication can also make the feet swell and this can cause great discomfort â especially if you are on your feet a lot during the day.
This is where Gel Doctor insoles come in â made with comfortable liquid gel, they are the perfect solution to many foot complaints and provide a constant massage to these poor, neglected parts throughout the day. Wear them warm if you suffer with bad circulation, or pop into the freezer to instantly cool, soothe and re-invigorate swollen, throbbing and tired, aching feet.
Benefits of Gel Doctor Insoles:
- Use of magnets stimulates & encourages blood flow, therefore enhancing the bodyâs own healing process
- Increases circulation to the feet and lower extremities
- When worn cool they reduce swelling of the feet
- When heated they comfort and warm the feet â ideal for circulatory problems
- Provides instant relief to the ball of the foot â perfect if you wear high heels
- Constant, therapeutic massage to the plantar aspect of the foot â great news for those on their feet all day!
Use in PC
A scientist found an article from Scotsman Magazine on April 19th, 2008 "Health & Happy Feet - You don't have to be a reflexologist to know that our feet take a pummelling through the day and are often deprived of the TLC they deserve. And you don't have to be a high-heel wearer to know that over-burdened and under-tended feet can be horribly sore, which when you consider how many of us stand on them all day and all too often shove them into shoes that aren't exactly comfortable, is hardly a surprise. But now help is at hand. Gel Doctor's new insoles keep your feet well cushioned, but they have an added feature that works wonders for the foot-weary. Filled with liquid gel, they can be warmed up if you suffer from poor circulation, or cooled down (just pop them in the freezer) to soothe and re-invigorate hot, tired feet. There's also a version that contains a small magnet designed to help stimulate circulation in feet that are prone to becoming tender or swollen. Gel Doctor Liquid Gel insoles with magnet, Â£12.95, available at www.victoriahealth.com" and recommended these Gel Doctor insoles.
If you have tried them, please email your comments to PC Project.
From Orthopedic article:
"Orthopedic insoles are available in a variety of shapes and designs. The function of the natural arch is to distribute pressure. Insoles with silicone gel absorb shock with each step and distribute pressure throughout the foot to prevent plantar fascitis and other ailments. Mid-size insoles are recommended for most cases of plantar fascitis and they provide comfort, since they are soft and form-fitting. The gel is located in problem area and prevents pressure from reaching vulnerable areas of the foot. Some insoles have blue silicone packs spread throughout the entire insole or just across the middle to protect the metatarsal muscles.
Many insoles are made of a spongy material rather than gel and can be cut to fit the size of the shoe. These insoles provide comfort and shock absorption, but focus on the entire foot rather than on specific areas. They often contain special materials proven to provide relief. Some are made of a light material called polyurethane covered with neoprene which provides support and absorbs shock.
Whichever insole you use, make sure you are also wearing shoes that are a comfortable fit. Insoles can be worn with a variety of shoe styles, and the same insoles can be used for several different shoes."
K6a patient "Orthopedics (insoles) designed with my specific feet molds; made of soft, pressure absorbing material"
K6a patient "Biomechanical Orthopedic inserts but prefer sandals to shoes"
K6a patient "InFeet. Made from BioMed - makes custom orthodics. At company, you stand on foamy material that makes imprint of feet and the way your weight is distributed on them. Made inFeet out of spongy-like material. Within a few days, could feel feet healing and they looked better. Today still has some of the sores on the degees of feet but they are smaller, smoother and can walk a lot longer before they really start to hurt. Only little issue is sometimes finding shoes to fit the insoles - but it's well worth the effort.'
Prothotic Pressure Relief
The Pressure Relief insole has a metatarsal rise, as well as a Plastazote® top layer which molds to the shape of your foot, evenly distributing pressure in a hypoallergenic, anti-microbial environment. Pressure Relief provides protection against diabetic ulceration, and relief for arthritis, or other foot sensitivities.
- Strong arch and metatarsal rise helps relieve pain in the ball of the foot, and guard against harmful over-pronation.
- Biomechnical engineering utilizes advanced materials to provide support and stability for foot health and comfort.
- Polyurethane base layer provides cushioning that will never flatten out over time or lose its comfort.
- Vy-Gel™ performance grade elastomer pads provide shock absorption across the forefoot and heel strike to protect against fasciitis.
K16 patient "I would like to suggest is prothotic pressure relief insoles. Found here. I have these insoles in every shoe I wear. I have had to customize them a little by cutting the cup of the heal off, but after that small customization, these insoles have provided me with an extra 3 blocks of pain free steps a day."
ShockBlockers insoles come in a variety of styles and sizes. From the ShockBlockers website: "Patented ShockBlockers® Insole Inserts dramatically reduce shock to feet and joints. They offer 20% more shock absorption than other insole inserts. ShockBlockers® Insole Inserts combine innovative design and materials. They are for anyone who walks, runs or stands!"
K6a patient "Shockblockers. Inserts to reduce shock absorption, leave your feet cool and dry, retain their shape. Stick inside shoes one size larger than regular size. I love them. Makes walking easier."
K16 patient " I buy inner soles from OREGON AERO, INC. E-MAIL:email@example.com"
Every SOLE Custom Footbed features the same orthopedic base layer that molds to your unique foot. The Signature Series footbeds are designed with input from the top athletes for which they are named. The Softec Series feature an additional layer of our industry-leading Softec Cushioning for added comfort. The Slim Series is designed for low volume footwear and features an additional EVA frame, which increases overall feel and control.
Three Simple Steps For A Perfect Fit
Step 1 - Heat in oven 2 minutes at 200F/90C degrees
Step 2 - Place in shoe
Step 3 - Step in shoe
K6b patient "The company is called "Sole" and you can see their products at www.yoursole.com. They have a thinner insole called the "Slim Casual" which I wear with dress shoes and then they have the "Sole Ultra Softec" which is better for running shoes or bigger shoes. The premise behind these is that you put them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 minutes and then put them into your shoe and stand up on them for a couple of minutes. They are pliable enough that they form to your foot and retain that shape. They do a great job of distributing your weight off the pressure points and I find them very comfortable."
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