A complete guide to football insoles
Maybe you’re a Premier League player, a semi-pro, the captain of the school football team or just enjoy an occasional game of 5-a-side. No matter how you enjoy the beautiful game, if you’re serious about producing your best form you’ll look for anything that can help your match day performance.
But there’s something you might have been missing – football boot insoles that could help give you an extra edge. Sport insoles that are scientifically designed to reduce shock, and improve the positioning and fit of your boots provide an obvious advantage.
The best insoles for football boots can help performance and reduce injuries that keep you on the treatment table.
Enertor Insoles for example use D30 technology, which has special shock absorption qualities that reduce the impact on your body every time your foot hits the ground.
In this guide we will take a detailed look at some of the ways football boot insoles can help your game and can help reduce the risk of common ailments football players suffer.
What are football insoles?
A football insole is the thin removable cushioning material that fits inside your football boot. Most football boots come provided with a branded football boot insole supplied by your boot manufacturer, like Nike, Adidas, Puma, and Umbro alongside many smaller football boot brands.
Some boot manufacturers use standard off the shelf insoles that are branded with their logo but often these do not offer the best possible support or the latest technologies. In some cases then, there is a benefit to be gained by swapping out the insoles supplied with your football boots for something that can deliver better protection and performance.
What is the purpose of football insoles?
Football insoles are designed for a few main purposes. They help provide cushioning to make wearing, walking or running in the boots more comfortable.
The best football boot insoles are also engineered to provide optimal support and cushioning for your foot type, enhancing comfort whilst increasing confidence in your footwork.
Replacing the standard insole in your football boots with an Enertor insole will ‘customise’ the fit of the boot, eliminating excessive movement and increasing efficiency when performing the start-stop motion and quick turns that are commonly used in any game of football.
How can football boot insoles protect from common football injuries?
Football injuries are often the result of impact and or rotation with common injuries such as ankle sprains occurring. Longer term injuries such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, knee injuries and shin splints are also common.
Enertor football insoles can help with these issues because they are engineered to provide optimal support and cushioning for your individual foot type, enhancing comfort whilst increasing confidence in your footwork.
According to this story from the Financial Times, the number of Premier League football injuries are on the rise and other reports show how the impact of losing key players in a season impacts the team’s chance of success. It’s clear then that anything that could help reduce injuries is worth considering whatever level you play at.
As an example of the most common football injuries, using the number of injuries suffered in part of the 2015/2016 Premiership season, the data shows that knee injuries (26) thigh injuries (12) groin and hip injuries (10) ankle and foot injuries (9) plus calf, shin and heel injuries (7) were the most likely causes to keep players out of the game.
What types of surfaces are football insoles suitable for?
Football is an adaptable game played in many formats.
Training and recreational games often take place on wooden sports hall indoor 5-a-side pitches, to outdoor concrete games and astro-turf set-ups which are all quite hard surfaces without much give in them.
This means running on these hard surfaces repeatedly can cause a number of injuries such as heel pain, knee pain, shin splints and back problems that come from the constant force and shock applied to the body when running and striking the ground – and that’s where shock absorbing football insoles can be valuable.
Outdoor pitches vary throughout the year especially at the amateur level where players will typically not enjoy state of the art pitches, draining and heating systems plus a team of professional groundsmen to keep things in top condition. This means players can quickly go from rock solid grass pitches to soft ground depending on the recent weather.
Of course wearing different kinds of football boots to suit the playing surface, from soft ground metal studs, to blades or soft ground moulded studs help to provide comfort on these changing surfaces. Using high quality insoles that offer shock absorption and help your boots fit better also provides a great additional benefit.
Enertor insoles can be worn in your football training shoes, astro turf trainers and our insoles can also fit in all your football boots for hard or soft ground.
Is there any proof that wearing football boot insoles helps avoid injuries?
Podiatrists (professionals that deal with foot injuries and foot pain) believe that raising the heel with orthopaedic supports can lower the risk of Sever’s disease among young footballers.
Sever’s is an inflammation of the area where the Achilles tendon joins the heel and is common in young
The FA conducted a survey into Sever’s and found that this ailment counts for over 13 per cent of injuries to footballers aged 11-13.
Another Study by the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney found that communication between senses in the foot and the brain are reduced in football players who wear smooth insoles. The study tested the senses on 17 Australian players and the findings led researchers to conclude that textured insoles in boots could prevent foot and ankle injuries.
Our own research has shown that Enertor insoles, designed by leading podiatrists, are proven to reduce foot and heel pain for over 91% of people.
Visit our sports injuries section for more information on common running and sports injuries. You can find out more about how our insoles can help to reduce risk, reduce pain and increase comfort and performance.
Why choose Enertor insoles for football boots ?
Our slim and lightweight insoles with D30 technology are designed perfectly to fit into football boots and can also be cut to fit.
Enertor has over 30 years’ experience in orthotic insoles and has worked with elite professional athletes such as Usain Bolt and Team Sky. When you choose our insoles for your football boots you are following in the footsteps of some of the best athletes on the planet.
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.
Enertor insoles are available to buy from our online shop .
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