Understanding Superfeet

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Understanding Superfeet

Does your back hurt? How about your knees or feet? Do you have plantar fasciitis? Better yet, do you know what plantar fasciitis is? Don’t keep blaming the problems on your shoes. The real problem might be with your feet. Your feet are the foundation of your body. Think about all of the weight, stress, and pressure that are put on your feet everyday just standing. Add in running and you could be increasing that stress on your joints 5 fold. With 19 muscles, 28 bones, and 112 ligaments there is a lot going on in your feet. Having a good shoe may not be enough. The inside of your shoe is flat, yet your foot has an arch. This doesn’t add up. Being on your feet a lot can be taxing to the 33 joints in each foot. If you have joints that aren’t aligned in your feet this can cause joints all the way up to your neck to be out of whack.

Skeletal Alignment picture from Superfeet. Left is improper alignment, right is proper alignment.

Taking out the factory insoles and adding Superfeet to your shoes can make a big difference for some people. Superfeet promote skeletal alignment by supporting the arch of your foot and cradling your heel.  This firm foundation decreases muscle fatigue and provides better shock absorption in the heel. If you are an over pronator, your arch collapses in, Superfeet will help to increase medial stability and reduce foot elongation. For supinators, when your feet turn out, Superfeet allow for more efficient weight distribution.

A big reason that many people come in looking for insoles is that they are experiencing plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that runs on the bottom of the foot. Wearing Superfeet can help reduce the pain experienced from the inflammation. The Superfeet act as support under your foot which can help slow pronation and over-stretching of the ligament.

Here is Superfeet’s breakdown of their different types of insoles.

Some of the options

Green – Original Superfeet design provides maximum shock absorption. Recommended for running, hiking, alpine and industrial footwear with removable insoles. Ideal for medium to high arched feet. Also comes in wide for shoes with 3E-6E width.

Blue – The most versatile insole for all-purpose use. Ideal for running, hiking, casual, and cleated footwear. Best in tighter-fitting footwear. Ideal for medium to low arched feet.

Orange – Designed with a full forefoot shock pad to provide optimum shock absorption for high-impact activities. Recommended for athletic, hiking, court, and industrial footwear with removable insoles. Ideal for medium to high arched feet. Men’s specific.

Berry – Designed with a full forefoot shock pad to provide optimum shock absorption for high-impact activities. Recommended for athletic, hiking, court, and industrial footwear with removable insoles. Ideal for medium to high arched feet. Women’s specific.

REDhot – Efficiently regulates temperature for cold-weather comfort. Recommended for snowboard, ski, and winter sport footwear with removable insoles. Men’s specific.

hotPink – Efficiently regulates temperature for cold-weather comfort. Recommended for snowboard, ski, and winter sport footwear with removable insoles. Women’s specific.

YELLOW- For tighter-fitting footwear with an elevated heel. Ideal for skates, road cycling shoes, and track spikes. Fits low to medium arched feet, yet accommodates all arch types.

Black – Slim support for flatter feet or tight-fitting footwear. Recommended for dress, casual, golf, and cleated footwear. Ideal for low to medium arched feet, yet accommodates all arch types.

Black DMP – Unique 3-layer foam system comforts sensitive feet. Adds molded comfort to most athletic, casual, and everyday footwear with removavle insoles. Ideal for low to medium arched feet, yet accommodates all arch types.

Copper DMP – Unique 3-layer foam molds to the foot without heat. Adds molded comfort to golf and walking shoes, boots for light hiking, and most casual footwear with removable insoles. Accommodates all arch types.

merinoWhite – The same as the blue but with soft merino wool on top for comfort, moisture wicking, insulation, and breathability.

merinoGrey – The same as the green but with soft merino wool on top for comfort, moisture wicking, insulation, and breathability.

If you are experiencing foot or joint pain Superfeet may be for you. Come in to any of our 69 stores and, have one of our  specially trained Foot Gurus check out your feet, and set you up with the right Superfeet for you. Some people need to have a little break in time with their Superfeet. If you aren’t happy with your Superfeet they do come with a 60 Day Comfort Guarantee. You have nothing to lose, come turn your sore feet into super, happy feet.

Amy Parulis


A former Strength and Conditioning Specialist and captain of the University of North Carolina track team, Amy now looks for her next mountain to climb or mud run to take part in to keep in shape. Her favorite hike was to the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens where she witnessed a steaming lava dome and she some day hopes to summit Mt. Rainier. In the meantime she can be found helping customers at the Waterford EMS. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @amyparulis

1 Comment

  1. January 11, 2013, 11:42 am

    Talk about timing… I just published a blog post yesterday on hiking with plantar fasciitis (http://justyouraveragehiker.com/2013/01/10/hiking-with-plantar-fasciitis/). I am testing out a new pair of inserts as of yesterday, and will definitely keep these in mind if those do not work out!

    Thank you for the post!

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