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The Best Insoles for Working on Concrete in 2015

If your profession involves working on a hard concrete floor, perhaps you know the discomfort that comes with staying on it all day long. Consequently, it even reduces your moral to work, and this affects your productivity at the end of the day.

Again, early detection of foot problems arising from constantly moving on a hard surfaces can go a long way to protecting your back, hips and even knees. Yow want to prevent these problems before they can begin manifesting themselves. They are the most difficult to deal with anyway, right?

forklift concrete

It is reported that 83% of the U.S industrial workforce has some sort of foot or lower leg problems. This has resulted in pain, lower leg problems, and to some extent, orthopedic deformities.

And the worst part of it is that many businesses operating industrial premises have since replaced their 50-year old floors with hard concrete surfaces. These floors offer very little resistance and shock absorption to the foot.

Because of this, it is no secret that a large percentage of the U.S industrial workforce is suffering from foot and lower leg problems as a result of longer standing hours on concrete. This has prompted shoe manufacturers to come with insoles for working on concrete floors.

Top Rated Insoles for Working on Concrete

Before we can delve into the guide, let’s shade light into the exact cause of foot injuries related to working on this surface.

You see, when a person is standing on concrete, his feet deals with two very strong forces. The first force comes from the heel-to-ground contact while the second one comes from his vertical weight.

Again, there are 3 movements termed as the ‘’gait cycle’’. These movements are responsible for causing foot pain and consequently other pains as well.

walking gait cycle

Our gait cycle – image @ wikipedia

The longest phase of the gate cycle happens when the foot is in contact with the ground. Another common problem is known as pronation – where a person turns his foot to the inside so that the soul of the foot bears most of his weight. As a result, he will be making constant imbalanced contact with the ground. Ultimately, this causes the victim to keep readjusting their knees, hips, pelvic bone and back to allow them walk. This can cause all sorts of conditions in one’s body, including severe back pain.

The good news is that good insoles for working on this concrete are available to help keep you safe from the effects of standing on it for too long.

My recommendations

Superfeet Insoles superfeet insoles orange and green

  • Many different colors available
  • Manmade sole
  • High arched insole (better support)
  • For various forms of foot pain likes plantar fasciitis
  • Natural NXT anti-bacteria coating
  • Durable construction

Timberland PRO timberland pro ant fatifue insoles

  • Leather
  • Anti-Fatigue Technology
  • Lightweight
  • OrthoLite top layer
  • Anatomically contoured footbed
  • Dynamic arch design
  • Temperature regulation

How to choose the best insoles for the job

  1. First, you need to determine the area where you feel the most discomfort on your foot. Is it the front part of the foot, the arch or the heel?
  2. Secondly, know the type of arch you have. Do you have a high, low or flat foot arch?
  3. Third, do you suffer from any foot condition like dropped arches, pigeon toes, bunions, calluses or corns?
  4. And finally, which activities do you take part in when on top of a concrete surface? Do you stand or walk most of the time?

If you know the answer to the questions above, you can make an informed decision about buying the right insoles. For instance, if you tend to stand on the forefoot pad of your feet, you will need an insole that absorbs the most shock and pressure on the front part of the feet. And of course be sure to go with a foot insole that matches your budget. Some insoles sell the brand as opposed to good service, so they will come with a high price tag. Take note.

Karl
 

Karl Hatfield is a mechanical engineer from Toronto. When he's not working, he loves to go on outdoor walks with his dog Bernie. He shares tips about fitness walking and gives footwear recommendations on his website dancewalkto.com.