The design of your heel lifts is an important consideration for comfort. You will usually wear your lifts on a daily basis if you are using them for treating a medical condition such as leg length discrepancy so comfort is very important issue. These tips will help you find the right design for your needs.
Length and Height
The length of your heel lift will depend on your shoe sizing. In most cases you will purchase shoe lifts that are made for your size, but not all lifts are made with the same pattern. The most comfortable lifts have a tapered appearance with a taller heel and very low arch. The end of the lift should stop before actually touching your arch for the best in comfort. The taper should also be very smooth, with no obvious bumps in the lift.
The softness of your heel lifts is also important to consider. You may think that a softer lift will be more comfortable but what you really need is a firmer material, such as foam to be comfortable. Softer materials can make walking more difficult and can even slip during sports. Foam has the right amount of give to be comfortable but won’t be too soft for sports or lots of walking during your workday. If you are looking for an alternative to foam, silicone or rubber is a great option.
Your shoes will also have an impact on the comfort of your heel lifts. Most shoes can easily accommodate the inclusion of shoe lifts but if you find that your usual brand is too narrow then you may want to shop one size larger. Other options include taking your heel lifts along when you buy shoes and looking for a brand with more stretch than your normal shoes.