These podiatrist-created insoles mimic walking on soft grass

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Sun March 10, 2019

Story highlights

  • The DoctorInsole FitStep insoles are designed for support and pain relief
  • Shop now for up to 52% off a pair of Doctor Insoles

In need of some extra support in your shoes? Look no further than the DoctorInsole FitStep orthotic insoles, designed for active men and women. Created by podiatrist Robert Joseph, these insoles aim to relieve a number of issues including plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle weakness and more.

The idea was to create an over-the-counter insole that would support and correct your steps with the fit, feel and function you'd expect from a custom orthotic. The key was the semi-rigid neutral shell, which places you in a more biomechanically efficient position, and a heel cup that lowers your heel almost one full inch from the highest part of the arch, mimicking walking on soft grass.

Fans of the DoctorInsole brand say they love them. One customer said: "I've had pain in my arches, plantar fasciitis, a torn Achilles tendon and more. Now with DoctorInsole, I can walk straight and my ankles feel stable again!" To read more insole reviews, visit the DoctorInsole site, where the brand's "solemates" have offered up impressive testimonials.

How do they work?

The DoctorInsole patented technology helps to align feet into a more biomechanically efficient position. This means that as you walk and run, the weight in your foot is more evenly distributed. This action of balancing and straightening your step makes it less likely that you'll put more strain on one area, so you're less prone to injury.

Once you have a pair of DoctorInsoles, you simply slip them into your shoes. Then over the course of the first 48 hours of wear, the medical-grade memory foam takes an active weight-bearing impression of your foot, then matching your foot to the neutral shell.

Who can wear them?

Anyone! These insoles are designed for athletes of all levels and people with foot issues such as Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains, bunions and Freiberg's disease. Whether you need added support on a daily basis or for more high-impact workouts, these insoles were built to handle both. Users are guaranteed extra padding and stability as they move.

How much do they cost?

The DoctorInsole FitStep insoles typically retail at $99.95, but now, DoctorInsole is offering a deal where you can save up to 52% off a pair of these orthotic insoles. This is a limited-time deal, so act fast before the sale ends.

Why choose DoctorInsole?

DoctorInsole is marketed as "the first over-the-counter, custom-grade orthotic insole moderately priced at a fraction of the cost of a traditional custom." When you consider how expensive custom orthotics can be, this is good news for those who can get away with using a store-bought option, such as the FitStep insoles. In fact, a quick Google search will show you that custom orthotics can cost anywhere from $400 to $600 on average — which makes off-the-shelf options worth a try for some.

The DoctorInsole site has a whole page dedicated to explaining the potential benefits of using its products. It says problems resulting from poor walking habits, such as pronation or improper foot positioning, should be prevented before they start, and that the protection and support provided by its insoles will do just that.

Note: The price above reflects the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.