Sole Mates original fluid filled insoles by Sole-Mates are extremely comfortable because they mould to your own personal feet. They have been sold in the USA for over 20 years and now they are available in the UK. They do not leak because they are made to the highest quality and because of this confidence they also come with twelve months warranty.
Hygiene Control: To keep your insoles fresh we recommend that you machine or hand wash at 30 degrees.
We are often asked "But how can 'Sole-Mates' be so thin and yet still work"?
Well 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 it takes up very little room in your shoe. In fact they're so thin they can be worn in any type of shoe - even high heels.
How do they help Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain?
If you suffer from heel & foot pain especially first thing in the morning or after sitting for a while then read this as you may have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs as a result of small tears in the Plantar tendon which is the tendon that 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, stand or run.
When the tendon is correctly supported it is fine, but because modern shoes have little or no support and we tend to spend most of our time walking on hard, flat ground, the tendon can get over stretched causing pulling at the ends of the tendon and creating tears. The initial tear in the tendon is usually quite small and is often not even noticed but when it is subjected to further pressures and tearing due to a lack of support then the pain typically begins. The tendon will begin to attempt to heal itself, usually when the weight is taken off it, when for example you are at rest sitting or after a nights sleep. However, once you stand up again, because the tear has only had a short period of time to begin to heal, the pull and load on the tendon may cause further damage to the torn area causing it to open up again which is extremely painful, much the same as tearing a scab off a cut.
However, this is why these supports are very good because the fluid squeezes up under the arch of the foot as we weight bear. This immediately helps by supporting and protecting the tendon from further 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. You will probably be familiar with the heel and foot pain when first standing up if you suffer from PF. The massaging action of the fluid as we walk also helps speed up the recovery process by increasing the supply of blood and oxygen across the foot and tendon.
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 person's 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 to help relieve the pain and pressure on not only your feet but also through an improved foot position the pressure on your the knees. By lifting and supporting your 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 and support the longitudinal arch, shifting excessive weight from the metatarsal arch. This allows the 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 You if you are Diabetic or suffer with Gout?
The increased blood flow also helps prevent the build-up of toxins in your 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 our liquid orthotics a lot more comfortable, they also provide other benefits that an ordinary insole is simply unable to offer.
How do they help Bunions?
They offer support by lifting the foot arch which helps relieve stress on the cords that align your big toe. These cords can become stressed and cause the big toe to turn inward and this may often result in a bunion developing on the joint. The dynamic fluid action of our Comfy Feet Liquid Insoles relaxes the toe and 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 can look fashionable and even comfortable but if your foot isn't supported correctly then the foot and the arch of your foot tend to collapse. This leads to a poor foot position and gait - that's the way you walk - which then causes the lower back muscles and joints to become strained as they attempt to overcome what is essentially a bad foundation preventing us from remaining effective in our gait and upright posture. However, the fluid in your insoles pushes up under the arch helping us back to our correct posture and so relieving pressure on the muscles and joints in your back.
And if I just get tired feet?
If you just spend too much time on your feet and they become tired, stiff and uncomfortable and feel like a good massage is needed then these will do just that. The fluid gently moves back and forwards under each foot providing a personal foot massage every time you wear them.