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Insoles for Running Shoes

Running is a great hobby for keeping your body and mind healthy, and is hugely popular amongst people of all ages. However, not many people fully consider the strain it puts on your body – if you’re not choosing the right running gear.

You don’t need to invest in a lot of equipment to take up running, but good foot support and protection is essential. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to go for the most expensive running trainers you can find. Simply add cushioned orthopaedic insoles for a cost-effective way of maximising comfort and support.

Arch Support Insoles for Running

To increase everyday comfort and prevent tired and aching feet, a lot of people remove the original insoles which came with their running shoes and replace them with better quality running insoles with arch support. Doing this can also help people with a range of foot problems still enjoy running without being in pain.

What are running insoles?

Running insoles are removable inserts for footwear which are specifically designed to protect your joints and bones from impact-related stress.

Basically, they are layers of additional support and cushioning your running shoes or trainers.

Insoles for running are not the same as the inserts which came with your new running shoes when you bought them, which in the majority of cases are nothing more than sock liners. 

A running insole, on the other hand, will make for a far more comfortable run and provide essential support to reduce the risk of injury, allowing you to run with increased efficiency.

Why are insoles for running shoes important?

Although it’s a great way of keeping fit, injuries do happen quite often when running, with up to 75% of injuries being due to the constant repetition of the same movement

The optimal range for runners of average height is between 165 and 180 steps a minute, and for each step a vertical force of around three times body weight is exerted. When multiplied over an average run, that all adds up to a lot of impact, which can cause injuries common among runners, including knee pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain and achilles tendonitis

This is why supportive insoles are so important for running, as they provide a greater degree of shock absorption, cushioning and support.

Plus, research has found that running insoles which can be bought online or instore are equally as effective at preventing injuries as expensive custom orthotic shoe insoles.

Features of our running insoles

Among our range of sports insoles, FootActive Sports, FootActive Performance and FootActive UltraLite are particularly suitable for running.

These full-length orthotic arch support insoles provide maximum comfort and superb levels of shock absorption, with dynamic arch design and cushioning to the heel and forefoot. This helps to treat and prevent common foot issues which can occur while running.

Their advanced design of these running insoles incorporates biomechanical reinforcement technology and their gel base helps to control excess pronation.

Our UltraLite trainer insoles also feature a breathable top cover containing silver-ion technology to reduce foot odour and bacteria. With anti-pronation arch support, stabilising heel cup and impact absorbing pads, they are ideal as insoles for running. 

FootActive Sports and FootActive Performance can help with all types of running, including road, trails and marathons. For shorter distances, like sprints, then our UltraLite running insoles would be better suited.

All FootActive insoles are highly rated by our customers, and you can shop with peace of mind thanks to our 30-day refund or exchange policy

Do I need a pair of orthotic insoles for running?

There are three main reasons why you would need insoles for running: 

1. Support

Running insoles provide extra support in a number of areas, but arch support is the main way in which they help, keeping your feet in the right position for less foot fatigue and improved comfort.

2. Stability

Running shoes which lack stability can certainly lead to immediate injuries or problems which develop over time. With their heel cups and biomechanical shape, our insoles for running shoes will help reduce the chance of injury and prevent longer-term conditions.

3. Cushioning

As we’ve mentioned, the repeated impact of your foot striking the ground when running can result in common foot problems. With their proven cushioning and shock absorption properties, our insoles will provide much-needed comfort during your run.

How can insoles for running help with foot problems?

Running insoles are particularly beneficial if you already have foot pain or one of the following foot conditions, as the potential stress on joints, ligaments and tendons in the feet and legs can exacerbate existing foot problems. 


Flat feet

Also known as fallen arches, flat feet are a result of the foot’s tendons not working together to properly support the arch. Running insoles for flat feet running can provide this essential support.


Plantar fasciitis

Inflammation of the thick band of tissue found in the arch of your foot is known as plantar fasciitis. If you suffer from this painful condition, insoles for plantar fasciitis will support the foot and reduce both strain and the risk of further injury.



Over-pronation (a flattening of the arches) can occur when running on hard surfaces for long periods.  The best insoles for over-pronation mimic the contours of normal arches, counteracting the condition while improving efficiency and alignment. 


High arches

The opposite of having flat feet, this occurs when the arch of the foot is raised more than is normal. The wide and deep heel cups of high arch running insoles reduce the risk of ankle sprains by providing maximum support and stability.


Shin splints

Shin splints are a stress disorder caused by prolonged impact, so it’s a common condition among runners. Running insoles for shin splints help by reducing the strain placed on the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg.


Ball of foot pain/metatarsalgia

One of the most used parts of the feet, the ball of the foot is subject to a lot of strain. The best insoles for ball of foot pain when running are designed with shock absorbers to minimise the impact on the ball of the foot with every step when you’re out running. 


Achilles tendonitis

This is a common injury caused by the overuse of the achilles tendon, so is a problem often experienced by runners, especially distance runners. Running insoles for achilles tendonitis can give some pain relief by supporting the arch to realign the foot.


Leg and calf pain

High-impact activities like running can cause pain in the legs and calves. The best insoles for running shoes to prevent or provide relief from calf pain offer optimum comfort and reduce the impact from the ground that’s the root cause of the condition.


Should you wear insoles while running?

Not everyone will feel that they need insoles for their running shoes, but they do provide that extra level of support and comfort which is beneficial to most runners to prevent injury.

If you are already experiencing foot pain or have a foot condition which causes you discomfort, it is definitely recommended to add orthotic insoles to your running shoes.


Should I put insoles in my running shoes?

Some say all runners need insoles for running, and most agree that running insoles are a must if you have specific issues with your foot.

You should certainly consider using a pair of running insoles if you have an existing foot condition.

Also, running insoles can prevent foot disorders from developing in the first place by keeping feet, ankles and legs comfortable and fully aligned.


Are gel insoles good for running?

Gel insoles do a great job of lessening the impact while running and reducing pain and stress on your feet and lower limbs. A pair of high-quality gel insoles will also reduce your risk of injury.


How long do running insoles last?

This obviously depends on a number of factors, such as how frequently you run and how much punishment your running shoes undergo.

But with regular, everyday use, you can expect your running insoles to last for around six months, while serious runners may have to change their insoles after three to four months.


Do professional runners wear insoles?

Running insoles are for everyone looking to for comfort and prevent injury and lasting foot problems. And that includes a great many professional runners.


What should I look for in good insoles for running?

The best insoles for running should feature high quality materials, advanced comfort, arch support and shock absorption.


What are the best insoles for running with flat feet?

If you suffer from flat feet, supporting the arches of your feet is particularly important, especially when exercising. Opt for high quality arch support insoles to relieve pain and help correct your foot position.

Shop All Sports Insoles

Our insoles for running are just one of a range of FootActive sports insoles.

We also provide a range of insoles that are suitable for other sports such as:

If you have any questions or need any help on choosing the right running insoles for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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