They are the foundation of our body, provide us with mobility and comprise a complex structure of bones, muscles and ligaments – our feet. The musculoskeletal system under the most stress should, therefore, always be adequately supported and sustained burdens reduced by choosing suitable insoles.
But what do suitable insoles look like and which special characteristics must they have? In order to answer these questions, it is important to know more about the anatomy of the foot. The foot can be subdivided into three sections: the hindfoot, the midfoot and the toes. Longitudinal and transverse arches act as stabilisers and shock absorbers. Ligaments and tendons form the transverse arch, ligaments form the sole of the foot, and muscles form the longitudinal arch. The ligaments, tendons and muscles interact, allowing the foot to adapt to various ground conditions when moving or standing and keep the body balanced. In addition, about 75,000 nerves converge in the foot where many reflex zones are connected indirectly to other organs and areas of the body. Wearing shoes without proper support can lead to long-term problems and decrease a person’s physical well-being.
About two-thirds of adults experience malpositions and discomfort that cause unpleasant pain when standing or moving around a lot at work. Choosing the right insoles is essential to correct such malpositions, support the foot and relieve discomfort. However, before choosing an insole, a safety shoe to be worn while working must be chosen. A good fit is crucial for optimal wearing comfort.
If you have opted for a pair of safety shoes or if you already own suitable work shoes, it is time to choose a comfortable insole. Since not every foot is of equal width and every person’s arch is different, ISM, which manufactures safety footwear as well as work and outdoor clothing, has developed a comfort insole with a multi-width system – the EVERCUSHION Comfort Fit.
Each of the different LOW, MID and HIGH versions are designed for wide, normal width and narrow feet. Ergonomic design and varying degrees of arch support ensure excellent shock-absorbing properties, relieve the joints and thus maintain the wearer’s performance capability – even on long working days.
Developed by an orthopaedic shoe technician, the EVERCUSHION insoles correspond to the latest orthopaedic expertise and are certified according to the European standard EN ISO 20345. This means they can be used in all ALBATROS and PUMA SAFETY brand safety and leisure shoes. Furthermore, the highly breathable foam material and an antibacterial textile surface coated with HYPRO ODOR CONTROL ensure good climate regulation in the shoe and minimise the formation of odours.
The suitable insole can be chosen depending on the individual foot shape, optimising the wearing comfort. In the event of severe malpositions, however, an orthopaedic surgeon should always be consulted and, if necessary, DGUV 112-191 certified safety shoes, which can be worn with customised orthopaedic insoles, should be worn.