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Insole giant Superfeet designs the ADAPT Run range, lightly structured and cushioned, to complement your trainers and your gait.
As someone who struggles with a long term foot/ankle problem (hello x4 ankle breaks and ligament reconstruction surgery), I’m permanently on the lookout for any product that can help supplement my physio regime and keep me on the trail and in the skin track.
I’m fully aware that orthotics and insoles don’t magically sort injuries or bio mechanical weaknesses on their own, but when used in conjunction with regular strength and mobility exercises, they have a legitimate part to play in keeping crocked amateur athletes such as myself active whilst reducing the potential knock on effects from chronic injuries higher up the chain.
The trick is finding an insole that provides the appropriate level of support whilst still encouraging your foot to actually work and move the way it’s supposed to in gait. Super rigid insoles are likely to make the muscles in your feet weaker, which will compound existing problems hence they are best avoided at all cost.
Enter Superfeet’s new Adapt Run insole – a lightly cushioned run-specific orthotic designed to promote and support a natural running stride.
A low profile insole designed to fit easily in running shoes (including zero drop shoes), it flexes and adapts to your foot while you run thanks to Adaptive Comfort Technology.
I’ve tried heaps of insoles over the years, but the Run Adapt really stood out for the natural feeling it promotes in use. I have a low arch and found it provided exactly the right balance of support, cushioning and comfort – crucially without altering where or how my foot landed in gait.
Whilst many elite runners are evangelical in their praise of barefoot and/or minimalist running shoes (claiming that running in shoes with minimal support strengthens the feet and results in fewer injuries), folks like myself with compromised joints need all the help we can get and the Run Adapt does a brilliant job of both supporting and encouraging the foot to do its thing.