The structural integrity of a building, to a large extent, is dependent upon its foundation. 

Similarly, the effectiveness of Proprioceptive Insoles can be diminished if the shoes are inappropriate

Important Shoe Tips:

1. Select shoes that are shaped for your foot, preferably shoes that lace up, have rounded (not pointed) toes, and soft leather uppers.

2. Check that the ball of your foot rests in the widest part of the shoe.

3. Wear new shoes around the house on carpeting for about an hour and then check for any hot spots or any problem areas. If the shoe is not a good fit; or, if hot spots or problem areas become apparent, return them to the shoe store.

4. Replace your shoes regularly. Have at least two pairs of well fitted shoes to alternate so that shoes can dry between wearings.

5. Have both feet measured every time you purchase a pair of shoes.

6. Wear shoes that are of adequate length, width, and depth. Shoes should not compress the toes or foot, the uppers should be soft leather, preferably kidskin or deer skin. The outer sole material should be hard, resisting compression and/or deformation.

  • Shoes that work with Proprioceptive Insoles: Walking Shoes
  • Shoes that don't work with Proprioceptive Insoles: Shoes with spongy heels or spongy midsoles; Shoes with high heels (>2cm in height)

Shoes

Importance of Using the Right Shoe with Proprioceptive Insoles

  • Avoid using Proprioceptive Insoles in shoes with uneven wear patterns (See Right Photo below).  This can diminish the effectiveness of the insoles by 15 - 30% or more.
  • Run the Shoe Bend Test.  Avoid faulty shoes (See Left Photo below)
  • Avoid shoes with built-in arch supports.