When I started suffering from Plantar Fasciitis 4 years ago, I literally couldn’t put my feet on the floor. When I did I got a horrifying searing pain, just like walking across hot burning coals. Not much asides rest helped, but as soon as I stood again the pain was back. I eventually saw a podiatrist. Not only do I Plantar Fasciitis, I have fallen arches and an additional muscle on the side of each foot. I was given solid orthotics to help with my arches. But I still had intermittent issues with pain from Plantar Fasciitis.
In comes Solemates Liquid Orthotics. This was another little discovery I made whilst at Naidex this year. Solemates are insoles with liquid inside which moves about when you put weight through different part of your foot. This massages your feet in the process. Solemates make some bold claims about their insoles. They claim to alleviate foot, knee and hip pain, poor circulation and pain from corns and calluses, amongst other conditions.
My Experience of the Solemates insoles
Its great that you don’t need to have much movement in your feet to feel a difference. I first started reviewing these before the most recent change in my condition. So I was still standing and walking about a little. I did feel like my feet were better supported, as I put them into my shoes on top of my normal orthotics. The insoles are thin enough to do this without it being difficult to put my shoes on.
I found my feet were less painful and also less cold. I’ve always had cold hands and feet. With these insoles assisting my circulation, cold feet should be in the past! After the first day my ankles felt like they used to when I was able to be on my feet all day. That sort of after gym ache. This could have been down to my ankles working a lot more efficiently at stabilising my normally very unstable feet. After the first day they felt fairly normal.
I think on the whole, this is a good product. I can understand how some people might not get on with them, as it does feel a little odd at first. But they do offer a 7 day guarantee and you can return them if they don’t work for you. They are also washable, which is great if you get sweaty feet. They are also under warranty for 24 months – so you can get good use out of them.
Solemates can be purchased direct from the company here