Best insoles for sore knees

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  1. archman

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    I've never worn insoles before until I tried out Spencos. I don't really have anything to compare them to. Is there anything better for me? How do the cheaper insoles for around $10 compare to the Dr. Scholl's custom fit? I've read a lot of reviews and it seems like it can go either way.

    As for my knee problems, it's nothing really serious, I know I just need to stretch and strengthen my quads and hamstrings, but I know a little more cushion will help. If I play 2 days in a row, they are a little sore, but nothing unbearable.
     
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  2. charliefedererer

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    It seems the favorite insole recommended on this site is from Superfeet, with the two most often mentioned the Green and Orange. Both have good support and are long lasting. The Superfeet Orange have a little more cushioning at the heel and under the balls of your feet, so may be the best on your knees.
     
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    After reading through some older threads on here, it seems like it's superfeet vs. powersteps. Any suggestions?
     
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    Hard to say what would work best for you. Best to have your feet checked by a foot specialist to determine if you have any special needs -- correction for supination, over-pronation, patella maltracking, foot mechanics issues, structural anomalies, etc.

    Your best bet might be a true custom orthotic. The next best solution might be a semi-custom orthotic insole -- such as a heat-molded Sole Custom, CustomFit insoles from DS, or Aetrex/Lynco orthotic insoles. The latter 2 products use footmapping technolgies to determine a best fit from their various models.

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/library/weekly/aafpr_orthotics.htm

    http://walking.about.com/od/insoles/a/drschollsfootmappingreview.htm

    http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=6638&PageNum=4

    Don't have any experience with PowerSteps (or Spenco) tho' I do recall articles by foot specialists that suggested these as possible first-try alternatives for a cheaper solution.

    I've had some luck with SuperFeet. The Green works a bit better for my needs than the Orange -- the Green provides a decent combination of support & cushioning. While the Green appears to be suitable for many, others prefer the cushioning of the Orange. Note that the suggested insole size for your shoe size might not be ideal. In my case, I needed to go up 2 sizes (from an E to a G) in order to get the primary arch support in the proper place. (This could be another reason to consult with an expert).

    I've had a bit better results results with the CustomFit insoles from DS. While these are the best off-the-shelf for me so far, the are still not perfect. I seem to get best results when I use the CustomFit insoles 60-70% of the time and use the Superfeet Green 30-40% of the time. With the Superfeet, you need to cut-to-fit and also need to remove the OEM insole. However, the CustomFit insoles, this is not needed. These are 3/4 insoles the stop short of the toes (it does provide support/cushioning for the balls of the feet).

    I'll have to dig up my old Sole insoles and see if I can heat-mold them again. I don't believe that I did it properly, when I first tried them.
     
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