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Heel Lift vs. Full Sole Insert: What’s the Right Shoe Insert for Me?

With a wide range of shoe inserts on the market, it can be difficult to determine which style is will be most helpful for your condition.

While our Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift and our Full Sole Insert are very similar, there are specific conditions where one product will perform better than the other.

Both products are constructed of extra firm, open cell foam rubber and covered with a suede leather top for durability. Both products are also available in a range of sizes for a secure fit in the shoe. The design—full length insole vs. adjustable heel lift insert—is where the similarities end.

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Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift

The Adjust-A-Lift® Heel Lift is made with three separate layers, each 1/8 inch thick, held together with double-sided adhesive. The full 1/2 inch thickness can be adjusted by peeling away one or more of the layers to the desired height.

The Full Sole Insert has a total thickness of  3/16 inch. This is one single layer of rubber 1/8 inch thick and one layer of suede leather 1/16 inch thick. The shoe insert is cut in the dimensions to fit the full sole and can also be trimmed if necessary.

Here, we’ve highlighted common conditions that may benefit from one type of design over the other. Keep in mind, our recommendations are generalized and meant to aid in individual research. Consult your doctor, podiatrist, orthopedist, or physical therapist about specific medical questions.

Problem: Achilles Tendinitis

Solution: Adjust-A-Lift Heel Lift

Achilles tendinitis is a painful condition caused by overuse of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis typically develops from an excessive load on the tendon. Decreasing the load on the tendon can be achieved with a heel lift. By slightly lifting the back of the foot—which shortens the tendon and the muscle—you can reduce the range of motion needed to walk.


Problem: Leg Length Inequality

Solution: Adjust-A-Lift Heel Lift or Full Sole Insert

A leg length inequality occurs when one leg is shorter than the other. The difference in length can be so slight it’s not noticeable, but those with a more dramatic discrepancy can experience a range of aches and pains. For differences that are 1/8-inch or greater, your provider may suggest using an over-the-counter orthotic. The Adjust-A-Lift Heel Lift will raise just your heel and the Full Sole Insert will raise your whole foot. Experiment with both determine which solution is more comfortable for you.


Problem: Plantar Fasciitis

Solution: Adjust-A-Lift Heel Lift

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. An over-the-counter heel lift can help redistribute your weight to provide relief to your plantar fascia, allowing the inflammation to decrease.


Problem: Uncomfortable Shoes

Solution: Full Sole Insert

When you love a pair of shoes but need a bit more cushion while walking, grab our Full Sole Insert. The insert is constructed with a single layer of extra firm, open cell foam rubber and a top layer in an attractive, high quality suede leather that maximizes comfort under foot. The full sole insert is sold individually, so be sure to order two.

Whichever shoe insert you choose, rest assured all Warwick Enterprise products are made of the highest quality materials. If you have any questions before purchasing, contact us via phone, email or form using our Contact Us page.