Shoe inserts aim to make our running, walking, or standing more comfortable. They can also alleviate or correct symptoms of podiatric problems that you may have. They are either store-bought or customized to the type of foot you have. Your podiatrist will determine what type you will need, depending on the condition you have. Find out below if you have a foot condition that may benefit from having shoe inserts.


A bunion is a foot deformity often caused by wearing too-tight shoes or high heels. It occurs because abnormal pressure from ill-fitting shoes pushes the bones in the big toe to move out of their normal position. A painful bump on the side of the affected toe is one of the symptoms of this condition.

If you have a bunion, your podiatrist may recommend you to get custom-made shoe inserts to help position the toe better, thus alleviating the pain caused by this condition.


Calluses are thickened layers of skin that grow when the skin attempts to protect itself from friction or pressure. They are often found on the feet, toes, hands, and fingers because these body parts are regularly used and subjected to pressure.

Shoes that fit you poorly, bunions, hammertoe, and other foot deformities increase your risk of developing calluses. To prevent this, you can use shoe inserts because they evenly spread the pressure on your feet. It can also prevent recurring calluses.


Hammertoe is a foot condition characterized by a bending of the middle joint of the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes. It can be excruciating, especially when wearing tight shoes. Corns and calluses may also form on or under the affected toes. Your doctor may recommend you to use shoe inserts to reposition the affected toes and help relieve the pain and pressure caused by this condition.

Heel Pain

Your heels carry much weight and pressure every day, putting it at risk for pain issues. This problem may be caused by improper posture, overuse, wearing inappropriate shoes, abnormal growths like heel spurs, and tendon issues. Using shoe inserts can help relieve some of these pains caused by overuse or improper posture when walking or standing.


When your feet arches are flattened, you have a condition known as flatfeet. There are usually no symptoms associated with flatfeet; however, some people may feel pain because it changes the alignment of the legs. You may also experience swelling along the inside of your ankles. Your doctor may prescribe you to use custom-made shoe inserts to help alleviate the symptoms.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a ligament that stretches from your heels to toes. When this ligament is inflamed due to obesity, overuse, and having flat feet, it becomes extremely painful, resulting in plantar fasciitis. Aside from arch and heel pain, the symptoms of this condition include a swollen heel and a tight Achilles tendon.

Shoe inserts help give additional cushion and support to your soles. They also distribute the pressure on your feet evenly, which can alleviate the pain from the swelling.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes does not only affect your insulin production but also causes foot problems. Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve damaged due tobeing diabetic. It is characterized by pain and numbness that affect the feet and legs first, making it difficult for you to perform daily tasks. You may also experience cramps, increased sensitivity to touch, and a tingling or burning sensation.

If you have a diabetic foot, you’re also at a higher risk of developing corns and calluses, infections, bunions, and ingrown toenails. Shoe inserts can provide the cushioning and support you need to prevent these foot conditions from developing. Likewise, they can also significantly reduce your susceptibility to injury.

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Your feet allow you to move and do your daily activities, so you must take care of them. Using shoe inserts is one of the ways you can relieve the pressure they endure on a daily basis. It will help alleviate some conditions that affect the functionality of your foot. Consult with a medical professional about what type suits you best before buying or using them.

Our board-certified podiatrists at Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care aim to provide utmost care to your feet. They can help diagnose, treat, and manage your foot problems. We are always ready to assist you with all your foot care needs. Call or visit any of our 18 clinics in southwest Ohio, or use this secure online form to schedule an appointment at any of our clinics. We look forward to helping you put your best foot forward!