What are templates?

Insoles are shaped inserts that fit into shoes. An insole can be made for sale in stores or it can be a custom-made orthotic insert prescribed by a podiatrist or foot specialist. Orthotics is the science of creating custom products to help foot problems and reduce foot pain. Corrective insoles can help promote proper body alignment, such as keeping the heel locked in the shoe when walking. If the heels move around too much inside the shoe, the result can be painful blisters or dry, cracked heels.

People use templates for many reasons. Some people work on their feet all day and want extra padding in their shoes to add comfort and cushioning. Others have trouble with their feet sweating in shoes and may choose insoles that have a deodorized mesh fabric upper designed to offer cooling comfort to feet. Many people prefer the flexible, rubbery texture of gel insoles in their shoes. A clear type of gel insole can help women's high-heeled shoes feel a bit more comfortable without making the insert look too noticeable in sandals or open-toe shoe styles.

Thin-soled shoes, such as inexpensive canvas types, can often be made more comfortable by adding an insole that has some foam or other padding. People with skin conditions sometimes experience foot pain when the skin on their feet rubs against the inside of their shoes. Orthotics with heel cups can help keep your heel in place and reduce or eliminate the problem of rubbing. A heel cup is a rounded indentation created in a shoe insert that gently covers the heel to help prevent it from moving from side to side.

Orthopedic insoles have different types of indentations or contours to support the feet. The exact pattern and texture of an orthotic insole will vary depending on the condition or problem it is designed to treat. For example, some insoles are customized especially for people with arthritis in their feet, while others are made specifically for athletes. A sports orthopedic insole is designed to prevent injuries and absorb shock to the feet caused by activities that put a lot of pressure on the foot joints, such as running.

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