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If you’re like us, you’ve probably been kicking it back at home in lounge pants, sweatshirts — and likely, no shoes.
While the luxury of going barefoot to allow our feet to "breathe" may have been an occasional good idea after a long day of work, it may be a bad habit to get used to if you're prone to foot pain, according to experts.
“Walking barefoot for extended periods can put excessive strain on your plantar fascia,” Dr. Dana Canuso, DPM, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. The plantar fascia is the tendon that holds up the arch of your foot. According to Canuso, host of the online show “Real Medicine,” “this strain can lead to plantar fasciitis.”
Plantar fasciitis refers to the diagnosis of inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes — causing heel pain.
Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Nelya Lobkova concurs, adding that walking barefoot for an extended period of time is especially problematic as we get older: “After age 50, especially women, begin to lose the fat pad in the ball of the foot, diminishing the cushioning,” Lobkova tells Yahoo Lifestyle. This can cause a severe impact on the knees, lips and lower back.
The simplest solution to any orthotic needs, of course, is supportive footwear. But rather than splurge on an ergonomic pair of shoes, we found an alternative that is just as effective and a lot more affordable. Enter: Physix Gear Sport’s Full Length Orthotic Inserts.
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What are they?
Designed for ultimate arch support, these insoles are designed with robust functions to help balance the force structure of the foot, providing a soothing and comfortable solution for any foot-relating pain such as flat feet, runner’s knee, shin splints and Achilles tendinitis. These shoe inserts also correct abnormal walking patterns and help with low back and knee pain.
With every day to regular use, the Physix Gear Sport Full Length Orthotic Inserts is said to improve stability and balance which means more efficient power transfer, increased running and walking efficiency and reduced fatigue. They re-align the feet and control excess pronation (inward rolling of the feet and collapsing of the arches) which is great for also preventing injury.
How do they work?
Crafted from high-quality and durable medical-grade Dual Base Layered High-performance EVA foam and PU material, these comfortable orthotic inserts provide relief on the pressure points of your feet.
The Deep Heel Cradle for Stability, Anti-Microbial Top Fabric and a Low Profile Ultra-Thin design ensure your feet get the best care while its ergonomic, lightweight, non-slip design provides long-lasting hours of comfort and stability while you’re on the go. Made perfect for those with physical and active lifestyles and who stand on their feet for prolonged periods of time such as retail employees and service industry workers.
What are people saying?
Backed up with more than 7,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating, customers say these $22 shoe inserts are definitely worth the buy for pain relief.
“These are great inserts and gave me immediate relief from back and knee pain the moment I put them on. Delivery time was very good. I will for sure be purchasing these inserts again in the near future. I highly recommend them to anyone who suffers [from] fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint pain. These offer me such great relief that I don't think I can go without these insert,” says one five star reviewer. “They have been a godsend for me.”
“I am beyond amazed at the quality and comfort these insoles have to offer,” echoes another. “Easy to wear, convenient fit to both formal and athletic shoes and a world of soothing [rejuvenating] feel to the feet. I am an active athlete and have had nagging heel pain for months, but can already feel a significant decrease in pain after wearing these insoles daily. I have placed a second order for my wife now.”
Are these for you?
Whether you sit at a desk all day or live a very active lifestyle, you could never be too safe when it comes to pain relief and prevention — and for only $22, we say there’s not too much to lose.
The Physix Gear Sport Full Length Orthotic Inserts come in a wide range of sizes for both women and men and offer tons of toe room to ensure an easy fit inside sneaker, casual shoes and boots.