Let's face it, we all need more time. Life is busy and we take up so many hours in the day that we all look for shortcuts. Whether it be a faster route to work, a shorter line at the grocery store, or a new diet to lose weight fast; Americans love their shortcuts.
When it comes to our feet, we are no different. When in pain we want relief; and we want it fast. This is why those name brand inserts sell so well; we can find them in every grocery, drug and corner store across America. Unfortunately, convenience doesn't always mean relief. These products generally do not provide the amount of support necessary to support the arch of the foot. A simple test; if you can take your insert out and roll it up (as is the case with most gel inserts) it's definitely not providing the support you need.
You can find more supportive brands; such as Superfeet or Powerstep in running stores or your local podiatrist's office. These brands may cost a little more, but the support they provide is so far superior to those gel inserts you won't mind paying the difference. This is one of those "you get what you pay for" situations; so don't go cheap on your feet!
Coincidentally this is also one of those, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" situations. If you take care of your feet, they will return the favor. Most people experience less pain in the knees, hips, and lower back as a result of wearing inserts. So do your whole body a favor; slow down enough to get the right inserts the first time. Then you can go right back to conquering the busy life, one step at a time!