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Samurai Insoles were designed by a Podiatrist for his patients, as well as himself! They were created to relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions.

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Finally!  Arch support insoles…… for the rest of us!

 

arch support doctorSamurai Insoles are different. The Samurai Insole is a unique arch support insole that provides real dynamic support for your feet. They are made with the perfect balance of support and shock absorption in mind. Samurai Insoles help to restore and maintain the normal function of your foot. By incorporating a “springy” polypropylene shell within a high-density padded case, the Samurai arch support insole is able to absorb shock during impact activity, as well as realign the foot joints when necessary. Our flexible, yet supportive, arch support insoles were conceived to provide quick relief from a variety of common foot conditions, as well as common lower body aches and pains. They are versatile enough to be effective while participating in a wide array of activities. Their slim design also allows them to be worn in a large variety of footwear. These include casual shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes, cleats, boots, and many brands of clogs. Samurai Insoles are manufactured in most full adult sizes. So if you are a size 9, you will be wearing a size 9 insole, not a 9-10 ½. And by offering free direct-to-your-door shipping, as well as our 100% “best insoles” guarantee, we’re giving you the opportunity at relief now. No more searching. No more shopping. No more guesswork.

 

Arch support?  Shock absorption?  Or Both?

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The foot is designed to absorb the shock of impact during walking, running, and jumping. However, it must also be able to quickly become rigid to stabilize the body for standing, or to propel yourself forward with each step. Unfortunately, this does not occur as intended for a growing number of people who have feet that over-pronate, or over flatten, during activity.  For many people, this occurs due to an increase in body weight, participating in moderate or high impact activities (yes, walking counts!), or some degree of foot deformity. In some people, it’s a combination of all 3!  Arch support insoles are designed to control overpronation, and relieve some of the symptoms that it causes.  However, common complaints of many insoles are that they are too stiff, don’t provide enough support, don’t fit appropriately, or simply worsen some foot issues.

anvil-arch-supportToo much support = no shock absorption

Arch support insoles that are too firm provide support, but little shock absorption. They are sometimes comfortable when standing still, however when any shock is applied they become very uncomfortable. This is a common complaint with expensive custom orthotics. When walking or running, firm arch support insoles don’t compress enough, and sometimes, not at all. All of the shock generated by your body striking the ground is immediately transferred back up through your foot. The joints in your body then absorb this shock during your activity. This can lead to sore feet, tender knees, and an aching back.

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Arch support insoles that are too soft provide some shock absorption, but very little support. Often, soft “squishy” insoles are made from a compressed foam material. The first few times these devices are worn, they seem very comfortable. However, because they are constructed from little more than inexpensive foam, they quickly compress, and the shock absorption properties decline. Some manufacturers have tried to aid this by gluing a thin plastic shell to the bottom of the insole. Unfortunately, these are often inadequate to function as they are intended. In many instances, the plastic shell is not firm enough to prevent the foot’s arch from hitting the ground during impact, compromising shock absorption. Once again, any shock not absorbed by your foot or the insole is directly transmitted from the gr0und back into the joints of the body. Insoles that are too soft also seldomnly provide enough support. Support is important while standing and casually walking. Arch support keeps the joints of the foot locked when they need to be, stabilizing their movement. This reduces the amount of work the muscles, tendons, and ligaments must perform to stand and walk. If the arch is not supported while standing and walking, the joints within the foot unlock, and the tendons, muscles and ligaments must work much more than they’re accustomed to. This can lead to sore feet, foot cramps, fatigued legs, aching arches, and heel pain.

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When is a Size 7 foot, not a Size 7 foot?

A common complaint of many arch support insoles is that they are manufactured and sold according to “estimated” sizing. What does that mean? Basically, someone with a size 7 foot will be purchasing the exact same insole as someone with a size 8 ½ foot. If you had a size 7 foot, do you think you would be comfortable with a size 8 ½ shoe? Of course not! This can impact the comfort and function of these devices for obvious reasons.

 

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Bonus Reading!- Click here to read more about 'fallen arches', overpronation, and more!

The Importance of the Arch

With every step a person walks, the feet must withstand an extraordinary amount of stress. The brunt of this tremendous force falls on the medial arch of the foot. When you consider that any one individual will walk an average of 114,000 miles over his or her lifetime, that’s a lot of strain for any human foot to withstand.

When a person walks or runs, the medial arch does not remain stationary. Instead, it moves continually up and down. All works well until the arch ceases to operate in a correct and efficient manner. When this happens, the resulting pain does not always end below the ankle. The legs, and even the back, can be the bigger losers. Daily activities become too painful to perform, and quality of life can greatly diminish.

Fallen Arches

Many people blame their foot pain on flat feet. Some are born with a naturally flat appearing foot, but the majority of “flat foot” sufferers become this way over time. The fact is, many peoples arches actually flatten over their lifetime.

Some common causes of “fallen arches” include:

  • Obesity, illness or injury- Obesity often has an adverse effect on the tendons and ligaments surrounding the arches. The same can also be true of traumatic injury, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The normal aging process- Over time, ligament relaxation, fluid retention and gravity itself will cause many things to sag. The arches are no more immune to it than any other part of the body.
  • Pregnancy and its associated weight gain- Especially during the latter months, this can exert a pressure that forces a lowering of the longitudinal arch.  Hormonal changes can actually cause an increase in flexibility of the bodies ligaments, compounding the issue.  To forestall future problems, many podiatrists advocate the use of arch supports through this period.

Overpronation

All of the above conditions can lead to “overpronation”, which is the technical term describing the abnormal way the foot functions when the arch has flattened too much with activity. While feet should roll slightly inward with each step (pronation), rotating too far (overpronation) in that direction can cause a misalignment of the hip and knee, and a loss of shock absorption by the foot. This, in turn, puts excessive pressure on the back, pelvis, shin and thigh. Often, inflammation of the heel and foot tendons, foot cramps, or soreness of the knee and ankle can result.</li>

Your Footprints Tell the Tale

On a scale of high to low, many have no idea where their arches fall. Fortunately, your footprints can tell you right away. All it takes is bare feet, water and anything capable of holding an impression. On the beach, a stroll in wet sand by the water’s edge will do the trick. If no shoreline is handy, wetting your feet and taking a few strides on wood or concrete will work just as well.

Now, look back at the tracks you’ve made. If your arches are high, they will reveal a large empty area between the heel and the ball of the foot with just a thin curved strip connecting them at the outer edge. On the other hand, if your arches are low, far more of the sole of the foot will remain in the impression left behind.

Height is Just Part of the Picture

Whether the arches start out low or slowly drop as years go by, their actual height is less important than the way in which they function under pressure. If their action is correct, problems are less likely to arise. This, sadly, is not always the case. Many arches need a little help.

Sending Your Feet to the Gym

Some experts recommend exercise as a way of strengthening the arches. The muscles in question are actually quite small and must resist a lot of force when the foot pushes forward. While the exercises will cause no harm and can keep the feet healthy, they will not alleviate pain in that area unless weak muscles are the cause of it.

In addition, certain exercises will add to the stress on any foot, and running is not the only culprit. Using a treadmill, stair climber or elliptical trainer will also exert a certain amount of pressure on the arches. For a person who is overweight, the potential for trouble can increase.

This is why many athletic trainers recommend the use of arch support insoles during any workout. By correctly repositioning the body’s weight, arch supports will help distribute pressure across the feet and protect them from excess strain. Not only will this make exercising more comfortable and effective, but it can also provide quick relief for:

  • Heel spurs. These little bone protuberances are a normal part of every human foot. When the tissue around them becomes inflamed, walking will cause severe heel pain.
  • Pain in the ball of the foot, arch, heel, or ankle. By improving the alignment of the bones and tendons, arch supports can alleviate general foot discomfort.
  • Sore back and knees. Arch supports can help put an end to this distress by reducing the shock that can result from walking on hard surfaces.
  • Shin splints. The term itself might conjure up a racetrack also-ran, but thoroughbreds aren’t the only ones prone to this painful condition.

Getting Your Life Back on Track

Problems with the feet can lead to pain in areas far from the original source. The severity of this discomfort can increase to the point where it vastly curtails a person’s activities. When those who were formerly active turn into couch potatoes, their quality of life, and the quality of their health, can take a serious hit.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Arch support insoles can turn your pain into comfort, allowing you to enjoy the things you used to love once more. If you believe you’ll never again go dancing or enjoy a walk in the park, think again. Once arch supports have put your feet back into proper alignment, all the things you’ve been missing can fall back into place as well. Why not give them a try and see?