How Sole-Mates Insoles Work
How can they be so thin and yet still work?
Unlike foam or gel, you can’t compress a fluid, so it won’t flatten when you stand on it, it simply displaces across the foot. Because it won’t compress it doesn’t need to be bulky meaning that as it takes up very little room in the shoe. In fact they’re so thin they can be worn in any type of shoe – even high heels.
How do they help Fallen Arches?
Because fluid has no shape, it moulds to the individual foot, providing support to the arch as well as the heel and ball of the foot. This is because a persons weight pressing down on the heel and the ball, forces the fluid up under the arch with the same pressure, lifting and supporting the arch naturally without the use of a hard orthotic. This lifts and supports fallen arches and relieving the pain and pressure on the knees that they can cause. By lifting and supporting the arch the fluid helps spread the weight more evenly across the whole of the foot, relieving the pressure points on the heel and the ball and making walking a lot more comfortable.
How do they reduce Knee and Hip pain?
As the heel comes down, the pressure exerted on the foot, rather than pressing against something solid, is transferred into the fluid, pushing it forward so that, when the ball of the foot comes down, the fluid is there to absorb the impact and be pushed back to the heel for the next step. Therefore, rather than just cushioning the impact, the insoles act like a shock absorber in the shoe, relieving pressure on the joints which have to absorb the impact of us walking on hard ground.
How do they Increase Circulation?
The constant movement, pushing the fluid backwards and forwards across the foot, gently massages the muscles in the foot. If you massage a muscle it increases the circulation, bringing more blood and oxygen to the legs and feet, helping reducing tiredness caused by standing or walking over long periods of time. Trials in the US on liquid orthotics showed that, if used for six hours a day, the average increase in circulation to the feet and lower legs was around 53%, a significant increase if you’re on your feet all day.
How do they help Morton’s Neuroma?
They lift & support the longitudinal arch, shifting excessive weight from the metatarsal arch. This allows metatarsal bones to settle back into their proper place & helps reduce nerve pinching that causes the pain of Morton's Neuroma.
How do they Help Diabetics and people with Gout?
The increased blood flow also helps prevent the build up of rubbish in the feet which occurs at the end of the day when the circulation tends to slow down. This can lead to the build up of sugars for diabetics which can block the veins in the feet and uric crystals which cause problems for people who suffer from gout. So, not only are liquid orthotics a lot more comfortable, they also provide other benefits that ordinary insole can’t.
How do they help Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis are small tears in the Plantar tendon which spreads across the sole of the foot supporting the bones of the foot and which is designed to absorb the pressure from our weight as we walk or stand. If it is supported it’s fine but, because modern shoes have little or no support and we tend to walk on hard, flat ground, the tendon can get pressed down, pulling at the ends and causing tears. The initial rip in the tendon is usually quite small and is often not even noticed but when it tries to heal itself, usually when the weight is taken off it when a person is sitting or lying in bed, once they stand up, because the tear has only had a short period of time to heal, they pull on the tendon and rip the tear open again which is extremely painful, much the same as ripping a scab off a cut. Because the fluid squeezes up under the arch of the foot, this protects the tendon from tearing and usually relieves the pain straight away. We advise people to put them in a pair of slippers next to their bed so when they wake in the morning they put the slippers on BEFORE they stand up and the insoles protects them from tearing the tendon, allowing it to continue to heal. The massaging action then speeds up the recovery process by increasing the supply of oxygen.
How do they help Bunions?
They lift the foot arch & relieve stress on the cords that align the big toe. These cords can become stressed & cause the big toe to turn inward & a bunion to develop on the joint. The dynamic fluid action of Sole-Mates relaxes the toe & relieves the stress on the bunion as well as providing a soft platform for the bunion whilst walking.
How do they help Lower Back Pain?
Our shoes tend to throw us forward, this is because the heel is higher than the sole of the foot. Because the head weighs a quarter of your body weight the head is now pulling us forward and it’s the muscles of our lower back that have to strain to keep us upright. The fluid pushes up under the arch tilting us back to our correct posture so the weight of the head now goes down the spine relieving pressure on the muscles.