Are ‘shoe inserts’ from the Chemist OK for my feet?

You may have seen these shoe inserts on the shelf of your local chemist, but do they really work? Now is your chance to find out! 

I have noticed many clients dealing with foot, ankle, knee, and hip pain using pre-made inserts they have bought from the chemist to aid them with their recovery. These can be an excellent option for those requiring temporary pain relief and minor cushioning support…


If you are somebody suffering from pain related to your lower body, then it is essential that you understand the root cause of your pain as well as looking at the best possible treatment options that will be beneficial for preventing any further injuries.

For example: Many of our clients present with pain in their heel, thinking that the pain is coming specifically from their heel. Almost every single time, we find that the pain is directly linked to foot biomechanics, walking technique, range of motion in the ankle joint, tight muscles in the calf, upper leg weakness, hip instability, a previous injury that was not treated correctly and many more factors!

That is why a pre-made insert may be beneficial for you in absorbing pressure however it does not consider YOUR foot type and YOUR injury situation! And the last thing you would want to do is make your injury worse or delay the best care you could provide yourself.

Therefore, it is essential that you make the right decision and consult with a qualified practitioner to see what is best for you!

So in summary, If you are one of those people who are looking to purchase a premade insert from the Chemist, It is strongly recommended that you first consult with a Podiatrist to determine the best treatment options for you going forward.

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