Do we really need insoles?
Did you know you can wear insoles for knee protection? The better question is, why aren’t you? Studies have shown how much regular daily activities and sports can impact on our knee joints, and the results are shocking. As we walk, run and play various sports, the downward pressure on our patellofemoral joints (where your kneecap meets your femur) can be incredible. Putting this kind of pressure on your knees regularly without any form of protection can be a recipe for life-long pain and reduced capacity.
Why you should wear insoles for knee protection
It all comes down to your body weight and how much downward pressure it applies to your knee joints. Different activities cause different amounts of pressure to be exerted. Your total body weight, the surfaces you move on, and the shoes you wear all make a difference on the amount of pressure and possible grinding that your knees are subject to.
Climbing and descending stairs places 3 to 4 times your regular body weight of force onto your patellofemoral joint. Every time you run, your knees carry between 4.5-7.6 times the amount of force. Experienced runners know that running on softer surfaces like trails can help absorb some of this force, but what happens when you can only run on pavement or roads?
Seek out performance level sports insoles for knee protection. If your sport involves running or jumping (basketballers, you’re looking at 20 times your body weight in force, on your knees every time you jump), you will need additional support and protection for your joints. Insoles can help to diffuse some of the force your joints are under and soften the landing, so it isn’t as jarring. This additional diffusion is particularly useful for those who play sports or train on hard surfaces like basketball courts.
You can wear insoles for knee protection if you play sports on grass, too. Sudden stops and pivots can place additional stress on the knees. Correct foot positioning can help a lot to reduce knee damage, and insoles can provide that correction. Golfers will also find this helps alleviate twisting stress from teeing off repeatedly.
About Enertor Advanced Technology Insoles – Enertor insoles are designed to prevent a number of common running injuries and provide more comfort. Designed by leading podiatrists to reduce your risk of injury, the unique design features support your foot throughout training. Enertor insoles are enhanced by D3O impact protection technology, which means they can provide more shock absorption than any other insole. Our expertise, combined with the patented D3O shock absorption technology, enables Enertor to deliver the most advanced injury prevention insoles on the market today.
The best insoles to protect your knees
Wearing the Comfort full length will reduce the shock by 44% (tested by an independent Test House) and reduces the pressure in your knees, hip and back.
However, if you already have a problem with your knees, hip or back you would need stability and shock reduction, and Enertor Performance full length insoles will do just this.
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Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.