Buying Guide for Footbeds or Insoles
By Steve Kopitz
Supporting your foot is the easiest way for you to improve your skiing! An aftermarket footbed is one of the most important pieces of ski equipment that you can have. Whether you have a $200 ski boot or a $700 ski boot it is recommended by the boot manufacture, every bootfitter and Skis.com that the stock footbed be replaced with a ski specific footbed. There is no disadvantage to having a foot bed inside your ski boots only bio-mechanical advantages, make the extra investment in your ski boots by adding a foot bed to give you more performance, comfort and warmth.
A Foot bed gives you:
|• Better Balance||• More Control over your skis|
|• Warmer Toes||• More Toe Room in your Boots|
|• Better Alignment||• Quicker skis from edge to edge|
Footbeds have medical benefits as well. For a skier with poor circulation, diabetes, and Reynaud’s it is crucial to promote blood flow to keep you out on the slopes, enjoying the mountains longer, and having more fun skiing with your family instead of sitting in the lodge being cold.
If you are ready to improve the comfort and performance of your ski boots, shop footbeds now.
Since a foot bed supports your feet correctly it allows for better blood flow to your feet, more blood flow equals warmer toes. If you look across the top of your foot you see all of the veins that deliver blood to the toes, when we stand up, the arch collapses causing strain these veins, slowing down the blood flow. Better blood flow improves your skiing.
Think of your foot as a tripod, the entire foundation of doing anything athletic starts by getting your foot on these three points of your foot. Your metatarsals are the knuckles of your foot, the 1st being behind your big toe, the 5th being behind your little toe, and your heel bone (Calcaneus). This is what forms the “tripod” and provides your balance. Once both of your feet are lined up on these three points the rest of your body works easier and more efficiently.
Another advantage of having an aftermarket foot bed is that you will have better alignment, between your foot, ankle, leg, knee and hips, making your skis flatter on the snow, and flatter on the snow mean faster on the snow.
Most people pronate, meaning that your foot and ankle roll to the inside when weight is place on the foot, causing your foot to flatten out, grow longer, and wider. When your foot pronates to the inside your knees become miss-aligned making it harder for you to get your skis on edge especially on the outside edge.
Some people supinate meaning that your foot and ankle roll to the outside when your body weight is placed on your feet. Supination adds extra pressure on the foot and ankle. With extra pressure on the outside of your feet, imagine turning to the inside edges of your skis.
Once a footbed in placed in your ski boot your foot, and ankle will become in a neutral position, eliminating any pronation or supination, which provides the proper foot, ankle, leg, knee and hip alignment, improving your balance and efficency on the slopes.