IS IT TRUE THAT ORTHOTICS, INSOLES, AND INSERTS ALL MEAN THE SAME THING?
Spoiler alert: The majority of the time, yes.
Geographical colloquialisms account for the majority of the terminology disparities. Synonyms for insoles are used interchangeably in different parts of the country, just as individuals in the Midwest could call a can of Coca-Cola a pop while East Coasters might call it a soda.
However, some of the terminology used to describe the piece of material that connects you to your shoe have subtle distinctions. Here's a quick glossary of commonly used terms to clear things up.
SOCKLINERS OR FACTORY LINERS
This word refers to the layer of cloth or foam that comes pre-installed in your shoe when you buy it.
A small mattress for your foot, ahh. Doesn't it sound inviting? Factory liners are sometimes referred to as footbeds by shoemakers to indicate that they have been cushioned. Alternatively, this phrase is often used to denote aftermarket footwear improvements, such as insoles. The term footbed is also sometimes used to describe a sandal or shoe with built-in form and padding.
INSERTS FOR SHOES
Another phrase that is essentially synonymous with insole, but is more commonly used to denote aftermarket insoles. Insert into your shoe, and you're ready to go.
As already said. This term is frequently used interchangeably with shoe insert, insole, and even footbed. Arch supports are sometimes used to refer to a device that isn't full length and stops just short of the forefoot.
A term that most commonly refers to medical devices that podiatrists or other healthcare practitioners prescribe or recommend for the treatment of foot discomfort. People often refer to orthotics in the same way they refer to insoles, footbeds, shoe inserts, and arch supports, implying that they may be obtained without a prescription over the counter. (Note: If you want to get really technical, the word orthotic is officially an adjective, which means it should be followed by another word, such as orthotic device or orthotic support; however, popular use of the term has made it acceptable as a noun.) People often use the term orthotics to refer to custom insoles, which are insoles that are made specifically to fit the shape of a person's foot.
There you have it: an introduction to the world of insoles, footbeds, shoe inserts, arch supports, and orthotics.
But take it from us: as long as your insoles make your shoes more comfortable and treat your feet well, you can call them whatever you like.
While the phrases insoles, footbeds, shoe inserts, arch support, and orthotics are all used interchangeably, it does not mean that all insoles are the same. The Superfeet shape's naturally supportive, energetic foundation cradles your heels and hugs your arches to provide the comfort and pain alleviation your feet deserve.