Pain in my instep

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by VeryVolkl, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. VeryVolkl

    VeryVolkl New User

    Dec 24, 2009
    Western New York
    I bought a pair of Asics Gel Challengers a couple months ago and have since developed a pain in my right instep. I can't say for sure that it's because of the sneakers, but it's the only footwear change I've made. Does this seem plausible? I've never had asics but went with them because I've had survery on both knees and need the cushioning. The feel great and fit well, but the pain is becoming more constant. Any advice or input would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Have you bought replacement insoles?
    Even Asics, which generally makes good shoes, has lousy stock insoles that quickly get compressed and are practically useless.
    Try the Superfeet Orange, Sof Sole or practically any other reasonable replacement insole and see if your shoes don't have better shock absorbtion and support. There are quite a lot of insoles out there depending if you have a high instep or relatively flat feet, so read the labels on the insoles before buying or trying in the shoe.
    For the future, the Asics Gel Resolution II's have probably the best cushioning of any tennis shoe. The key seems to be a softer rubber outsole that unfortunately is not as durable as some shoes ... but oh what cushioning, and good support as well.
  3. Bad Dog

    Bad Dog Semi-Pro

    Apr 27, 2007
    Good advice from CharlieFederer. Go to a store that specializes in running shoes; the store will probably stock several different types of insoles for different types of feet. The running shoe specialist should take a look at your running/walking motion, and the bottoms of your feet. That's how you will know which insole is best for you. Don't be surprised if your instep pain clears up soon after that.

    As CharlieFederer indicated, recommended insoles include SuperFeet Orange; I’d also recommend SuperFeet Green, Pinnacle Powerstep, etc. Orange has the most cushioning, including forefoot, but lowest arch. Pinnacle Powerstep as the leased cushioning, but highest arch. Green is in between.

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