For outdoor enthusiasts, every season is a prime opportunity to trek into the back country, but things will get a lot more enjoyable now that temperatures are rising. No matter what your camping or hiking style is, spending time in the great outdoors puts inordinate pressure on your feet.
Cushioned insoles and other foot care items can ease the strain on your feet during hiking trips, and best of all, they are eligible for reimbursement with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)! Choosing the right insoles will come with plenty of trial and error, but you can rest assured that you've found the best fit and price at FSAstore.com! Check out our huge selection of cushioned insoles and thousands of other FSA eligible products that can be purchased with your tax-free funds.
How can you pick the perfect insoles for your upcoming camping trip? Use these tips from FSAstore.com:
What is your foot shape?
The shape of your feet not only will be a determining factor when choosing insoles, but can also contribute to the types of pain and discomfort you may have been dealing with in the past. Start by using sizing charts and consider the width of your feet when choosing insoles, as well as determining whether you will need comfort or support insoles during your trip. Most importantly, the arch of your foot will determine how the insoles will provide support for your feet during heavy activity. For instance, individuals who have low or collapsed arches will need arch support insoles to prevent ankle rolling and promote proper foot posture. Additionally, those who experience pain in the heel or ball of their foot may want to try a comfort insole or heel cups for added stability. Ultimately, trying as many styles as possible and compensating for your foot shape will bring about the best results.
Do your insoles offer the right fit?
Even if you've found the perfect insoles to compensate for past foot pain issues and the shape of your feet, they won't do much good if they aren't compatible with your hiking footwear! An insole that is too tight will rub against your foot and could cause blisters, while a loose-fitting insole will put unneeded stress on your joints during long distance hikes. This could be the perfect time to invest in a new pair of hiking boots or rugged outdoor sneakers to give yourself the ideal base to work with as you're trekking through the backcountry.
What's your specialty?
In addition to providing support and comfort on the trail, cushioned insoles also come in a variety of styles that can suit how and when you hike. For instance, some insoles are made with insulating materials to keep your feet warm in cold weather, while others are designed to absorb excess moisture in a warm or wet environment. Look into these factors as a means of narrowing down your choices and ensuring that you'll be fully-equipped for whatever nature has in store for you this summer!
It's an activity that's often taken for granted: walking. Yet, walking is the most prevalent form of physical activity in the U.S., according to America Walks.
Most of us are on our feet every day whether by walking a short distance at home, going around our neighborhood, going to a park, shopping for groceries, or commuting to the office. It's no surprise that because we're on our feet so much that arch pain and tired feet can put a real damper on anyone's day.
Americans need a lot more physical activity (it's recommended that adults get 2 and ½ hours of aerobic physical activity a week), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not only does regular exercise keep people at a healthy weight, but it also fights the risk for diabetes, depression and heart disease.
Foot Care with your FSA or HSA
Luckily, Dr. Scholl's inserts qualify for a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) reimbursement. Check out our Eligibility List to discover FSA eligible expenses (products and services) for foot care. You can also check in with your FSA or HSA administrator if you have questions about your FSA or HSA account.
Treat Arch Pain with Insoles
Arch pain can commonly occur when people have what are known as “flat feet." Flat feet occur when foot arches collapse to almost entirely hitting the ground. Studies show that flat feet can be treated in kids by going barefoot whenever possible (even better is going barefoot on a beach, if you live near one). For adults, it's been shown that shoe insoles/inserts can help men and women. Wearing orthotics can help elevate the arch in a way that adds support and could potentially reduce pain.
In addition to wearing proper shoes and limiting how often you wear heels (sorry, ladies), insoles can give the proper support to your arches.
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