What to look for when choosing insoles for Hiking
There is nothing quite like a long day on the trail.
Whether it’s a short hike or a long backpacking trek, chances are your feet will be sore. Hiking provides an excellent source of exercise (not to mention scenic views and fresh pine air), however it can also cause a variety of foot ailments and pains which can hamper your ability to enjoy the great outdoors.
Fear not. You can still hit the trail and stay refreshed with a good pair of shoes and supportive insoles.
What are the most common hiking foot injuries?
Depending on your level of intensity you may pick up a few injuries with your scenic views. Hiking provides an excellent source of exercise but with steep inclines and rocky trails comes an increased risk of injury due to walking on unstable/uneven ground.
The most common foot-related injuries hikers face are:
Insoles can be extremely helpful here in managing/mitigating pain, however you should always consult a doctor if you are experiencing pain that does not go away with rest and ice.
What are the best insoles for hiking?
When hiking it’s usually best to wear “sport insoles”. These generally feature a harder material for added structure and stability.
Remember: comfort comes from good stability, not necessarily lots of cushioning. A soft foam mattress may provide a great night’s sleep but it’s not exactly what you want to wear when hiking a rocky trail or scaling a mountain peak.
Insoles can provide additional support to your boots to keep you feeling refreshed after a morning climb:
- Arch support that matches the contours of your feet
- Firm support and cushioning
- A deep heel cup to stabilize the rear foot
- Durability so they do not wear down with too much use