Review: Powerstep Pinnacle Insoles
Sweet relief from foot pain.
Foot problems, including plantar fasciitis pain, tarsal tunnel issues, and a stress fracture, had already ended my dance career. I was in constant pain and I couldn’t walk more than half a mile. I was afraid I would have to give up my dream of long-term travel. But Powerstep insoles have changed my life.
I’d read that over-the-counter orthotics are just as good as custom ones for plantar fasciitis pain, so I figured I’d try the cheaper route first. Online reviewers all seemed to love the Powerstep Pinnacle, so that’s what I ordered.
I pulled the insole out of my tennis shoes and popped the Powerstep Pinnacles in. They fit perfectly right away. At first, I thought the arch support was in the wrong place. It felt like a lump under my instep just in front of my heel. But it wasn’t unpleasant, so I kept wearing them.
Wow! How I crave that lump now when my feet begin to ache. Even on bad days, when I’m in pain, if I wear the Powerstep Pinnacle insoles, they massage my pain away. I’ve been able to climb mountains, go on hikes, tour cities — I even did a four-day trek to Machu Picchu wearing my insoles.
I carry one pair and move them from my hiking boots to my tennis shoes. Some days I wear sport sandals and can’t use my Pinnacles; that’s usually when my foot pain comes back.
At home, I bought several pair of cheap flat boots and I could wear them comfortably all day with the Powerstep insoles in them.
After about a year, I thought it was probably time to replace them. I decided if Powerstep Pinnacle was good, then Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx must be amazing, right? Wrong. I was so disappointed. The heel was very thick and didn’t fit in my shoes well. It made the heel end of my shoes bulge and caused my foot to sit wrong in the shoe. For me, they were was a disaster.
Right now I’m carrying the original Powerstep (bought them by mistake) and they are OK, but they don’t give me that feeling of sweet relief that I got from the Powerstep Pinnacle.
If you have plantar fasciitis pain, I can’t recommend the Powerstep Pinnacle highly enough. I was pretty much crippled, waking up in pain each day and unable to walk more than half a mile and gaining weight fast. They’ve given me back my life!
- Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx: Too bulky, don’t fit in shoes well
- Original Powerstep: Offers some support, helpful, may fit better in dressy shoes
- Powerstep Pinnacle: Heavenly release from pain! Fit perfectly in boots, tennis shoes, hiking boots, etc.
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