low insoles for tennis?

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  1. 2ndServe

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    Hi I've tried about 8 different insoles to help my sore feet and knees. Most were too high/thick, ok for running north and south but side to side a high/thick insole made me a lot slower. Was wondering what you guys used. Superfeet hurt my feet so no go for them.
     
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  2. scotus

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    I use Sorbothane heel cups.

    The best I have ever used, better than Superfeet, better than custom orthotics (for the heel and plantar fasciitis, that is).
     
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  3. morten

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    sole, the brand, light grey ones, very thin.
     
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  4. 2ndServe

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    not too thin, I'd still like some extra cushioning
     
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    I use the Sof Sol FIT. They are available in low, medium, and high arch, and they fit me like a glove. They are very light and stable. They are thin, so they don't provide as much cushioning as a thick insole, but they are more comfortable than a harder insole like the Powerstep Pinnacle Max. I've tried several different insoles and still have a few of them sitting in my closet because I didn't like them.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Hit a sports store.
    Dr.Scholl's usually offer softer, lower orthodics, some gel even.
    Superfeet are hard plastic base, but oranges have padding, while greens are for the serious :))).
    Thick vs thin.... I think it's a mental problem. The actual height is less than 1/8 after compression at the balls of the feet. That can't be huge. At the heel, it could easily be 1/4", but that can't hurt, you stay low in tennis by bending knees.
     
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  7. morten

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    stiff insoles, thin works best for me...
     
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  8. LeeD

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    Tell u y thick insoles work for me...
    With thick insoles, I'm clearly over 5'11", and the CONFIDENCE of having good height allows my weak brain to hit some hard fast serves, hit some fast winners, and cover the court. I USED to be that height, but advancing age has me actually measured shorter.....
    Low volleys and change of direction doesn't matter, I just have to hit my shots to the best of my ability. The rest will sort itself out without my help.
     
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  9. tlm

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    The most important thing i have found is having insoles with a lot of arch support. I use the spenco full orthotic insoles, which have a built up arch. I cut small sections of some old insloes and glue them under the arch support so it stays high and firm. Which puts more of the pressure on your arch instead of your heal and balls of your foot.

    These also have very nice padding for the entire foot. I used to have heel pain and problems with the balls of my feet, but since using these i have no foot problems. By the way i play singles on hard courts 5 days a week all year long.
     
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  10. Power Player

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    I agree with leed. The dr schools sports insoles are the truth.

    I put the superfeet green in my day to day shoes.
     
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  11. fuzz nation

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    I also had very good results with some Sorbothane heel inserts back in my soccer days. One of my buddies and I got them at the same time when we were getting some rather sore ankles - figured it was the rock hard practice fields we used back then. Our soreness literally evaporated in a couple of days.

    I also use a low-to-the-ground tennis shoe these days in the form of the Asics Gel Game. Before finding these shoes, I used some Diadoras that also let my feet ride lower to the ground. While I was initially worried about not having a decent cushion under my feet, I'm convinced that I get two advantages with this sort of "thinner sole".

    The first thing is that these shoes match my feet well and give my ankles proper "neutral" alignment. While I'm confident that the Asics Gel construction in these shoes is helpful, I also enjoyed good alignment with the Diadoras. This only makes for more happy ankles and knees for me.

    The other upside with that lower riding shoe is that there seems to be less lateral stress on my ankles when they're not sitting on top of a "taller" sole. Can't move too well in 6" heels, so take that idea in the other direction and it makes sense to me that a lower foot can push well laterally without being stressed or as prone to rolling.

    Blah-blah-blah... Just saying that the right shoe might give you that proper alignment, but otherwise you may be smart to make the investment on some custom orthodics.
     
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  12. rk_sports

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    I use SuperFeet Green.. they're the hard kind.
    It was a recommendation from a running shoe store who did gait analysis
    They work great...and has been lasting for about 2 years

    Only issue I had was that they were slippery and I had to slip them under the default sole insert the shoes come with.
     
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