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Tennis_Monk 08-15-2013 06:11 PM

Custom Insoles . Are they worth it?
 
I am having knee pain lately after i play tennis match. Tried replacing shoes and insoles and seem to make some difference.

Considering Custom insoles. Does anyone have experience with custom insoles. Are they worth it. Are there various types & choices to consider?

charliefedererer 08-15-2013 07:39 PM

I like the Superfeet Orange - good arch support and some added cushioning under the forefoot as well as at heel.


http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Supe...PFEET-SFO.html

The cushioning on shoes does break down over time, though my Asics Gel Resolution shoes seem to wear out in the sole before they lose cushioning/support.
Asics Gel Resolution 4 Men's Shoe Review http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/revi...4NOReview.html


Alas, many knee problems won't be solved with shoes/insoles.



The knee is complex, and if you love tennis then good knees are a must.
Wouldn't it make sense to get checked out now and correct something early, rather than wait and have a more advanced problem?

SystemicAnomaly 08-15-2013 11:30 PM

Yeah, the knee issue could be one of a number of different things: a ligament tear/injury, a damaged meniscus, patellar tendinopathy (jumper's knee), IT band syndrome, OS Disease or something else. Best to find out what is going on as CF suggests.

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management...topic-overview
http://www.webmd.com/pain-management...home-treatment
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/jumpers_knee

Have your had any luck with a patella tendon strap or some other type of compression? Orthotic and different shoes may or may not help. I've not tried true custom orthotics but have had some moderate success with Superfeet Green and Superfeet Orange. I've actually had even better results with Custom Fit Orthotic Insoles (Dr Scholl's). They are something of a semi-custom orthotic and a much cheaper price than a true custom insole ($40-50 compared to several hundred dollars).

http://footmapping.com/footmapping/home/index.jspa

Vlad_C 08-16-2013 12:24 AM

I never used custom insoles, instead I tried several brands and types of insoles until I found the one that woks well for me (Dr Scholl's Active Series: http://www.drscholls.com/Products/ActiveSeriesInsoles )

I'd say the shoes are at least as important though.
A shoe that is too stiff, for example, will likely cause you problems regardless of the insole you put in it.

SystemicAnomaly 08-16-2013 06:14 AM

I've tried quite a few different tennis shoes brands and models but have had my best results with a x-trainer shoe. The shoe is the Nike Air Monarch. For the past 15+ years I keep coming back to this shoe because it provides the great support and cushion and minimal foot, ankle, shin, knee, and hip issues. Like most shoes, it provides very little arch support but that is where the Custom Fit insole comes in. This is a 3/4 insole that I can use in conjunction with the existing insole -- no need to remove the very cushy OEM insole.

SharkysMV1 08-16-2013 06:43 AM

I had continuous ankle issues and shin splints until I tried Superfeet insoles. Every new sneaker I buy (running, training, tennis) I make sure to also buy a pair of Superfeet.

ollinger 08-16-2013 08:47 AM

"I've cut this piece of foam rubber so that it fits your shoe perfectly. That'll be 450 dollars."

morten 08-16-2013 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SharkysMV1 (Post 7666515)
I had continuous ankle issues and shin splints until I tried Superfeet insoles. Every new sneaker I buy (running, training, tennis) I make sure to also buy a pair of Superfeet.

Which one ?

boramiNYC 08-16-2013 12:34 PM

short term maybe. long term no.

LeeD 08-16-2013 03:52 PM

Guys, ever watch late nite TV? Or wierd channels after 9PM?
Commercial says this insole is the key to spring in the step, cures aching feet, and supports really well.
White plastic short arch support with a couple of grey comfort pads.
I bought some for a buck, at the buck store, exactly the same white plastic, but without the grey foam.
Works, but doesn't fit my feet well. And is hard, but it also deforms the instep of my shoes, from the pressure caused by my flat feet.
Oh oh problems, life's tough, then you die.

LeeD 08-16-2013 05:26 PM

Did when I was in second grade, a few years ago.
Dad complained they cost too much, around $80 then.
I found they did keep me running longer, but it took time to toughen my instep, so I gave up on them.
I have PMaxx, SofSole, SolUltra, Superfeet Purple, Green, and Oranges.

movdqa 08-16-2013 08:28 PM

I used custom insoles in the 1990s - I made them myself after my podiatrist said it would take three weeks to make them after he took measurements (I cancelled them). I used these for a few years and then found the New Balance Ultra-Arch Insoles which I've been using since then though I haven't used them for tennis for a few months. The Ultra-Arch Insoles are supportive for the lower leg and can help to prevent Plantar Fasciitis and may help a little with reducing knee impact but my experience is that you're better off dealing with the knee issue directly. BTW, I've read that the Superfeet are comparable to the New Balance.

I use knee sleeves or straps on both knees when running or playing tennis to prevent problems or help to deal with existing problems. Good core and upper leg strength and balance can help.

Povl Carstensen 08-17-2013 04:22 AM

I recommend taking out even the regular insoles from your shoes too get the maximum support from the ground (and shoes). Worked better than any handmade, prescribed or over the counter inserts I ever used. And, very important, change shoes before the are worn out. No inserts can fix worn shoes. This is just a suggestion based on personal experience.

hrstrat57 08-17-2013 04:53 AM

Have custom in one pair of ski boots and super feet green in my 2nd pair of boots. Never considered them in my tennis shoes. Interesting thread.....

Anton 08-17-2013 05:06 AM

In my experience NO

Raul_SJ 08-17-2013 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tennis_Monk (Post 7665504)
I am having knee pain lately after i play tennis match. Tried replacing shoes and insoles and seem to make some difference.

Considering Custom insoles. Does anyone have experience with custom insoles. Are they worth it. Are there various types & choices to consider?

Have never tried custom insoles.

If they cost hundreds of dollars, might as well consider trying custom shoes...

Do the tennis pros have custom shoes outfitted for them?

Ronaldo 08-17-2013 08:24 PM

My custom insoles/orthotics are as hard as a tennis racquet. About as comfortable but worked well. Great taping worked just as well.

maxpotapov 08-18-2013 05:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Povl Carstensen (Post 7670553)
I recommend taking out even the regular insoles from your shoes too get the maximum support from the ground (and shoes). Worked better than any handmade, prescribed or over the counter inserts I ever used. And, very important, change shoes before the are worn out. No inserts can fix worn shoes. This is just a suggestion based on personal experience.

This worked for me with CourtBallistecs 2.3, along with double socks
Will try it with AirMax Cages (can't use double socks with insoles inside as heel slips out).

maxpotapov 08-20-2013 12:40 AM

Tried no insoles + double socks in my AirMax Cage, works perfect!!!
They are quite good in how they are anatomically shaped inside, I can see why Federer wears no insoles and double socks.

adventure 08-20-2013 12:54 AM

I love the Nike AM's. It's just about the most comfortable pair of sports shoes I've ever worn.

I can't use them for tennis though. They're very flat and wide and I find I just can't accelerate very well in them. Most tennis and basketball shoes have a slightly elevated heel which I find better for quick starts and stops.

As general purpose kicks though, you simply can't find anything more comfortable than Nike AM's.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SystemicAnomaly (Post 7666448)
I've tried quite a few different tennis shoes brands and models but have had my best results with a x-trainer shoe. The shoe is the Nike Air Monarch. For the past 15+ years I keep coming back to this shoe because it provides the great support and cushion and minimal foot, ankle, shin, knee, and hip issues. Like most shoes, it provides very little arch support but that is where the Custom Fit insole comes in. This is a 3/4 insole that I can use in conjunction with the existing insole -- no need to remove the very cushy OEM insole.



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