Getting support and insite

“We all need many kinds of support to make it through life and running.”

Happy New Year all my running friends and readers. It has been a tough year for me but it is a new year and a time for new beginnings. My first running dad blog review of 2017 is something that give you support to achieve your goals.

Insite Insoles

Insite Insoles are a US company based out of New Hampshire. What I can glean from their website about who they are is that they are a group that researched a way to create a footbed/insole to help athletes. They saw that equipment could help athletes perform at their best and this applied to the feet and inserts.

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About Insite Insoles from their website – click image to watch.

“These footbeds were not created over night but instead over the course of an intense two year research and development process.  What that means is that over that period of time, each aspect of the foot was studied. From athlete biomechanics to energy loss and return and finally overall performance.” – Insite Insoles

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Carbon – Pro

The carbon pro insole almost looks the same as its brother the Fusion but is orange and the top cover is suede. The carbon fiber shell feels mildly firmer and the insole seems a wee bit thicker. So this insole if super light but firm with a moderate arch. There is a hole in the middle of the heel for extra cushion and forefoot has 2 layers of cushion. Not the slimmest or easiest insole to push into but not uber wide or long.

Components:

  • Carbon Fiber Shell: Provides extreme lightweight support with 100% energy return on rebound.
  • Pulsion High Energy Rebound Foam: Has the unique ability to transfer energy back to the athlete, keeping them moving.
  • FCX Technology Shell Shape: Was professionally designed by the FootCare Express Doctors to offer increases support, strength, and rigidity.
  • AX Anti-Bacterial Suede: Offers better grip for quicker acceleration and change of direction, while anti-bacterial polymers reduce odor.
  • AP COR Anti-Shock Foam: Was chosen for it’s ability to aid in the deceleration of force

Fusion -Elite

  • Fusion Composite Shell: Provides a rigid support with a mild flex profile
  • Pulsion High Energy Rebound Foam: Has the unique ability to transfer energy back to the athlete, keeping them moving.
  • FCX Technology Shell Shape: Was professionally designed by the FootCare Express Doctors to offer increases support, strength, and rigidity.
  • AP COR Anti-Shock Foam: Was chosen for it’s ability to aid in the deceleration of force

Orthotics and insoles

I worked in the field of Pedorthics (orthotics) for a couple years after university and almost made it a career. Being a runner and shoe geek, always injured and a user of orthotics – it was an easy career path choice. I had fun for a few years learning, making orthotics and doing some assessments and helping people.

Orthotics are custom made insoles or devices placed into the shoe that help the foot do what it is supposed to. For many reasons (environment, genetics, use, weight, disease, age etc.) people have feet that do not always have the strength or capability to handle the stress of walking and running. Orthotics in the perfect world are meant to provide support and allow a person/athlete to do what they want. The person can then hopefully work to strengthen or improve and require less and less support/orthotic. For many permanent conditions this is not realistic.

Where I worked (Orthotics East in Halifax, NS) – I worked for an experienced Pedorthist who was also an incredible runner. I learned alot. There is a lot of thought and science put into making a custom orthotic – but in the end it is also part art and guess-work.

Off-the-shelf insoles are meant for an average foot based on average needs and conditions and are less expensive and a first choice before seeing if a custom pair is required. Sometimes a small change can really help.

What I thought

I wore orthotics for years and was constantly tweaking and playing with. Eventually my feet got stronger and I was able to run without them. I now still run without although my cranky ageing feet now need more love and attention than ever before.

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The Insite Insoles were comfortable and fit easily into my shoes. Both types of top covers (suede and synthetic) were comfortable and had moderate cushioning with a moderate arch. I did not notice a huge difference between the Pro ($89.99) and the Elite ($54.99) and if budget is an issue and no in need or a lot of support or not over 160lbs – I would go with the Elite.

My feet after wearing orthotics for so long (and aggressive ones) can handle a lot and my arches are tough and skin on feet can handle abuse. hence – for me no transition or time to adjust. I would advise anyone though who has not tried a footbed or orthotic to use on short runs or walks at first and and slowly build up to using for longer runs.

Everyone has different feet and needs. A off the shelf insole may help. Make sure it fits flat in your shoe and get help from a shoe guy or Peodrthist if needed.

Insite Insoles

Website: http://insiteinsoles.com/

Twitter: @InsiteInsoles

Run on friends!

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