Barefoot Science Insoles were something I picked up about 4 years ago at the Calgary Exhibition here at Stampede time. I had no idea that they were even featured on TV. It looks like HSN ran a segment on them and so I thought these insoles were fair game to put up on my blog. If you have foot, knee or back pain you may want to have a look at this foot strengthening system.
Barefoot Science Claims
Barefoot Science is the only insole that strengthens and rehabilitates your feet
Reduces stress and strain on hips, knees, back and neck
Relieves foot related pain and discomfort throughout the body
Helps prevent risk of injury by building a stronger more flexible foot
Benefits anyone - from seniors to children
What's the Difference Between Regular insoles and Barefoot Science?
The first thing I liked when I was introduced to them was that they were not like conventional insoles or shoe inserts. The regular insoles or orthotics only work to support your feet. They add cushioning, support, or bracing but that only weakens the muscles in your feet.
The Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System goes to the root of foot problems. It retrains and strengthens the muscles that support the feet. As the foot's arch becomes stronger, higher, and more stable your alignment will improve throughout the body. Painful symptoms caused by stress and strain are reduced or eliminated.
My Experience with Barefoot Science
I never thought I'd ever be telling the whole world about my bunion problem. I have high arches which have caused really bad bunions on my feet especially on the left foot. About 5 years ago I had really bad pain in my bunion and pain in my knees which really scared me because I'm only in my thirties. So I bought these and gave them a try. I can honestly say my bunion and knees has never caused me pain since. They are easy to use and I feel that they are very comfortable to wear. Before buying these I bought some custom made orthotics but the problem with the custom made ones are that they are expensive and you have to get new ones made I think they said every year or so. VERY expensive! So Barefoot Science has saved me lots of $$ and pain and suffering as well. So I do highly recommend this product. I also like the fact that the little insert that you change seems to be in the perfect spot that your foot needs for support yet I still feel that my feet are getting a work out and getting stronger.
What Do Others Think about Barefoot Science?
So my opinion is only one opinion. Since everyone has different types of foot problems I wanted to read other peoples experiences to get a general feel if they're working for the majority of people. So on HSN I counted how many positive to negative reviews for this insoles. Out of 159 there were around 30 people (about 18%) that flat out did not like this product. The rest were very pleased with their purchase and have seen positive results.
On another site Buzzillions, 8 out of 59 people (14%) didn't like them and the rest were very happy with Barefoot Science insoles.
Summary of Consumers Positive Comments
- Problem with right foot and unbearable pain that shoots up leg - Can now go shopping and be on their feet all day. So happy they purchased them.
- Problem with flat feet, bad veins, circulation problems - The supports have been a true blessing. No more swelling in the ankles and legs don't feel heavy at the end of the day. Felt they were much different than regular arch supports
- With orthotics still limps and foot cramps - Tried Barefoot Science and after just a few weeks feels significant improvement.
- Flight attendant with foot and back problems - Tried Barefoot Science and back pain immediately disappeared. Thought they were a miracle.
Anyways, I could go on and on about positive stories.
A few Annoying Things
- I got the half sole ones but I can't wear them with my open toed heeled shoes in the summer. They show on the side of my shoe!
- The smaller inserts tend to get a little squished and loose their shape.
They are available at www.barefootscience.net and eBay.
Barefoot Science Insoles Running Walking full length Mens 10 115
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 17h 11m
Barefoot Science 6 Step Active Arch Activation Insoles
Time Remaining: 27d 10h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $69.95
Barefoot Science Existing 7 Step Therapeutic Insoles
Time Remaining: 18d 8h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $74.95
Barefoot Science 5 Step Multi P Arch Activation Insoles
Time Remaining: 27d 10h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $54.95
Barefoot Science Full Length 6 Step Active Arch Activation Foot Support Insole
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $64.19
So if you follow the instructions, you'll be fine. I'm just wondering if some people who have written negative reviews might not have read the instructions? You need to have a specific kind of shoe. These are the guidelines from Barefoot Science.
Choose Your Shoes With Care: Look for shoes that feature plenty of toe room, adjustability over the arches (i.e., shoes with laces or straps), with heels lower than 3.5 cm or 1.5 inches and that have pliable, rather than rigid soles. Important: Your shoes should provide a roomy fit for adequate circulation and movement. Loosen the laces over your instep – cranking them tighter only intensifies the bracing effect of the footwear. The right shoes will enable your feet to move with less restriction and will allow Barefoot Science to provide the highest degree of immediate, as well as long-term, benefit.
So you'll start at level 1 and work your way up one week at a time. I originally started off without the inserts and then gradually worked my way up with the various inserts. Also if you find that they bother you, just wear them a few hours at a time. Especially if you're on your feet all day. Your comfort will increase with each day. If you give your feet time to adjust, you're going to do well.
Barefoot Science Insoles are definitely worth a try especially if you've never had success with regular orthotics. The thing is, my feet have dramatically changed and if I try to go back to my pair of shoes with the orthotics in them they are soooo uncomfortable. I should actually throw them out. So you'll have to stick with the Barefoot ones once you start using them. You might have heard of another TV offer for an orthotic called Walkfit Orthotic Insoles if you want to check out that review.