Don’t just take our word for it though. We recently received an email from SmartCells orthotic insoles user and advocate Valerie S. detailing her latest hiking experience with our SmartCells insoles as her and her husband attempted to crest the Mt. Whitney hiking trail.
I wanted to let you know my experiences using the Active anti-fatigue orthotic insoles in my hiking shoes last week. I carried a 41 pound pack for an elevation gain of 5,500 feet up to 12,500 feet for a distance of 16 miles roundtrip. I was climbing Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. This took 3 days. The first day was to Iceberg Lake at 12,500 feet. We left the heaviest of our gear there, and the continued to the summit at 14,580 feet. The entire time of I used the SmartCells orthotic insoles and never had any fatigue in my feet, or any blistering (which usually occurs). This is quite unusual for me, as fifteen years ago I had a severe injury to my big toe which shattered the big joint and during the years it has become painful for me to do a lot of activity. I continue to do a lot of activity, but with pain and blistering. This time I had very little pain to my feet and no blistering. My feet did not get as hot as they usually do, even though one day was close to 80 degrees. I would highly recommend using these insoles for strenuous physical activity. My husband couldn’t believe I did so well with my feet either after he has heard me complain so much. I wouldn’t let him have my inserts on the trip though, he’ll need to get his own for next time.