Footbed / insole options to reduce foot pain for Hockey Players

– Hey guys, Jeremy here
with the hockey movement. In our last video of this series, we talked about baking skates and how it can help alleviate foot pain. The big take away from that video is first get skates that fit you properly. You need the right length
and the right width for you foot. After you get that, then
baking them is going to help eliminate that break-in period, or at least reduce it quite a bit. If you have proper fitting skates, and you’ve had them baked, and you still have foot pain, well then you might need
to look into footbeds. Footbeds are another way that
you can customize your skates for better fit, better
support, better comfort, and possibly better performance. But instead of hearing
me blab on about it, I’m gonna grab the camera, and we’re gonna head down
to the local hockey shop, and talk to Glen Sharpley. (crowd cheers) – [Announcer] Glen Sharpley
a first round choice of the North Star’s in ’76, we’ll take it. – He’s helped thousands of people get the right fit for their hockey skate right off the start, and countless others who have come in with foot pain, and he’s helped fix it. So hang tight, we’ll head down to the shop and meet Glen. (gentle music) – [Jeremy] Back at the
shop, with Glen Sharpley, from Sharpely Source for Sports. We’re going to go over foot beds today, so we’ve got them all laid out, and Glen is just going to walk us through the different options that are available. – Let’s start off with the footbeds that come stock in a CCM skate. Very thin, not much to them. Likewise with some, the Bauer ones. This comes with a little higher end one. It’s a little stiffer, a
little bit more support. We then go into Superfeet. That is an after-market product. We then go into Situs, and they make the after-market
footbeds for Graf, and they also come with some Graf skates. Now we go into the Curex, branded by CCM but they are made by Curex. And they come in these three arch heights. And then we go into the Bauer footbed. This is the Speedplate, and that comes with high-end Bauer skates. – [Jeremy] Is it okay to just stick with your standard footbed? Or do you always recommend upgrading to maybe a Superfeet, or
some of the after-market, like CCM or the Speedplates? – Unless you’re having foot problems, and you’re having discomfort, stock footbeds are just fine. But even if you don’t have discomfort, maybe trying some of the after-market ones whether it be CCM or the Bauer. They do enhance the
feeling inside the skate, they are more comfortable, and there is a claim that they actually offer
better performance. – [Jeremy] What’s gonna change from your standard footbeds moving up to I guess the after-markets, and then to some of the more, I guess, high-end after-market skate footbeds. – The stock footbeds
either from Bauer or CCM, they offer basic protection, rivet protection from
the bottom of your foot. Very marginal as you can
see, marginal arch support. You can move up then again, into a little bit better one from Bauer. Offers a little bit more rivet protection for the front of your foot. And then moving into the Superfeet. Again, a little better rivet protection for your fore-foot, and now
considerable arch support. Getting into Situs from Graf, they offer actually a little gel pad in the heel for you calcaneus, they offer a flexible arch. The CCM by Curex, they have
great rivet protection, great arch support, but this
is flexible arch support, and they have a little bit
of cushioning in the heel. Now for the Speedplate from Bauer, it comes completely flat, you know, we heat mold it, and it has great rivet protection, and pretty dramatic arch support, but it’s not as forgiving. – [Jeremy] If I come into the shop, the extra footbeds are
about 40 to 50 dollars. Is it okay to just stay
in the standard footbed? Or should you always do the upgrade? – Jeremy if you don’t have foot problems there’s nothing wrong
with the standard footbed. It’s the same quality
of footbed that comes with running shoes. They honestly, they’re really thin. There’s not a lot of arch support. But if you have, if you’re a pronator, if you’re a supinator, it is nice to be able
to buy a nicer footbed. For sure you’re going to
have enhanced comfort. Whether you have enhanced performance? Only you’re going to be able to tell. Every one of these, even though there’s
different arch heights, even within the size of these, they are different. From a small, medium, and a large even the flex pattern in that arch will change within the medium arch, likewise with the low arch. So they’ve spent a lot of time. Research and development. I don’t think anybody comes close to spending the money that
these folks spend on it. Our feedback from our consumer is they love it. And you know, there’s nothing better than a good honest testimonial
to help sell a product. The fact that you have more comfort, you’re able to play longer and better, and you know, you’re focused on the game rather than your foot pain. – [Jeremy] Last video we did
some customization of skates. Is there any customization
available to the footbeds? And does it change from the stock ones to maybe like the higher end footbeds? – There’s no customization
with a stock footbed. There’s no need to trim,
that’s the way they come. After that, any of the after-markets or the ones that come
free with high-end skates. Yes, there is customization. Superfeet as an after-market, has different arch heights, and it’s all trimmed to fit. The Situs from Graf, the same thing. It’s all trimmed to fit, and
that’s the customization there. For the Curex, because they
have different arch heights, what we have, and this
is provided by them, it’s just a heat-sensitive pad, really a gel-pad, that you stand on. And it gives us an outline of your foot, but it does indicate arch height. And you can see that here, and that’s how we start to size you. And then after that, we
size you for skate size, and there is also trim
to fit on the Curex. So with the Bauer’s Speedplate, it’s trim to fit also,
and totally heat moldable. So this is customizable
right into your skate boot. So we heat one at a time, and we mold it, and it’s totally
customizable to your foot. – As you can tell, Glen
loves the CCM insoles. They’ve been on the market for a while, and his had good success in his store. The key selling feature
here is that the Curex lab basically, just studies feet. They’ve been doing
insoles for running shoes for the longest time, and CCM partnered with them
to make this skating insole. So there’s a lot of
science, a lot of research, and data backing up what
goes into these insoles. But Bauer has a new product on the market, which is a Speedplate, and they also sent me a pair
of skates for this video. So I figured I’d give them a fair shake. First let’s talk about how these work. Well these are hard plastics,
so you’re probably thinking, how is that going to feel comfortable? It’s kind of a neat design,
they’re hard plastic now, but if you put them in the oven, they get kind of mushy. And then you put them in your skates, and then you stand on them. And the idea is that it perfectly fits to the bottom of your feet. So no matter what the
shape of your feet is, or the arch, it’s going to perfectly wrap around that foot. So then when you put
your feet in your skates, there is absolutely no negative space, or very little negative space. The idea is that your feet aren’t going to move around at all. So when you push, it’s
going directly to the blade. There’s no wiggling around, and bumping, or pushing on any part of your foot. Basically, your whole foot is
taking all of the pressure, instead of one specific point. So you shouldn’t feel any
discomfort from these. Now, I did hear online
that they were cracking. And I talked to the guys at Bauer, and they said that in the
first release of these they did have some issues with cracking, but they have resolved it. And I could definitely see, especially if there is a
rivet poking up in your skate and it’s pushing on this, I could see that it could crack. Let me show you. If you look along the
bottom of the insole, you can see where the rivets are that are digging into the insole. So if one of them was poking
out more than the other, I could see how that may
cause this to possibly crack. Also thinking about how
these are suppose to work, they’re hard at first, they get soft, they form perfectly to
the bottom of your foot, and then they harden up again. Now if that process was done incorrectly, maybe they weren’t put
in the skates properly, or something went wrong, that could cause a lot of problem because they’re not perfectly
formed to your feet. The nice thing is that the
plastic it has a recovery alloy, which means you can put these in the oven over, and over, and over, and over again, and keep on re-baking them
until you get it right. So if you are using them and you’ve had some problems with them, take ’em in, get ’em baked again, and see if that fixes it. So, should you get a footbed? And if you’re going to get one, which one should you get? I think for most hockey players, just your standard footbed should be fine. I played with just the standard
ones for the longest time. If you’re still feeling foot pain, or you want a little bit more comfort, then that’s when you would
start to look at footbeds. The Superfeet have been on the market for a really long time, and a lot of people have
had success with those. Based on basically my
research shooting this video and talking to Glen in the shop, for support and comfort the Curex seems to be a really good option from CCM. If you’re looking for maximum support, you have oddly shaped feet,
you want better balance, and possibly better performance, then the Bauer Speedplates
might be the one to go to based on that purely custom fit. They wrap right around your foot. Of course you never really know
which one is the best option until you’ve tried them all. Unfortunately at 50 dollars a pop, it could be expensive to try
every option for yourself. Lucky for you guys, I’ve got
every single option right here. So I’ve got just the standard footbed, I’ve got the Superfeet,
I have the CCM Curex, and I have the Speedplates. Eventually I will get
these all in my skates, test them all out, And maybe in a few months
I’ll probably have a video up. Talking about what I actually felt, if I felt any difference in performance, and definitely if I felt
a difference in comfort. So hit that subscribe button. I do new videos every single week, and I’ll see you guys in the next video. (upbeat rock music)

100 thoughts on “Footbed / insole options to reduce foot pain for Hockey Players

  1. If your local shop doesn't carry these you can buy them online here's an affiliate link to Hockey Monkey –
    Here is a link to our first video in the series Baking Skates –
    Thanks for subscribing, I upload a new video every week

  2. Thanks for all the info, I live in Cali so there's not too many sources for hockey gear. I watch your videos to help decide what gear to buy my son 👍

  3. great video! I almost require an aftermarket insole due to the size of my skate being a 13-14 and wearing a size 15-16 in sneakers. Hope to see a review on which is the best for you.

  4. I have pain in the ball of my left foot behind the big toe…was told it could be metatarsalgia and to roll out my arch. Anyone else have this problem?

  5. keep up the great work. I'm learning so much about the sport. my 8 year old son and I watch your videos every week. thanks!

  6. I've got low arches, and therefore have really bad pronation. I got a set of the CCM low arch inserts and a lot of my shin splints and arch pain has gone away. Easily worth the $50 they cost.

  7. I have these, and they're a cheaper option to CCM. Really comfortable!

    Shock Doctor Skate Insole, Men's 6.0-7.5/Women's 7.0-8.5

  8. Are your super feet insoles the newer ones or the older ones? I was just wondering if they felt any different from each other.

  9. I use the bauer speed plates that came in the 1x and I love them. I have been interested in trying those ccms but until I need new skates I'll stick to the speed plates. They really make your skate feel solid on your foot with no negative space. Definitely worth the money. Also I'm not sure if I'd want any gel pad or soft material under my feet. Seems like it might decrease energy transfer but idk thats just my two cents. Are we still going to see a radius profiling video?

  10. Great video Jeremy, I have used the CCM mid arch in my last skates and found them to be brilliant. Very comfortable and really felt a difference. I've got Supremes now and got the speed plate I did try it initially with CCM bed but swapped over to the speedplate and definitely see a difference in comfort and performance and foot fatigue. I love the speedplate and the ccm footbeds but feel they are different in terms of what they offer you as a player. The speedplate looking to up performance and the ccm comfort.

  11. my two cent: the superfeet does enhance performance. It has a stabilising cup which helps locking your heel and the cup noticeably put you in a higher position for better angle of attack on the ice

  12. I personally own the Bauer Speed plates and the CCM mid Arch and high Arch insoles and my personal favorite is the CCM with the high Arches..
    Now to clarify, both The Bauer and CCM insoles are really good but I lean toward the CCM because of over all comfort and being in 40+ years old I'm looking to be a bit more comfy when I'm out there.
    The heal is more squishy on the CCM where the Bauer is harder and more sensitive to what's happening on the ice and is harder through out the foot print.

    So if your going for feel and what's happening and not worried about comfort as much then I'd say go with the Bauer speed plate which has the advantage in the Arch of which really gives you the most connection to the skate to the inner side wall giving you the least amount of negative space for when your switching back and forth from your inner edge to your outer edge.
    You just have a slight advantage in your confidence over the CCM.

    I was having more of an issue being comfortable on the balls of my feet both hurt regardless but I find the CCM has a slightly more comfort in the heal and the ball and toe areas of your feet.
    The heal being the part that sticks out the most with being more comfortable,your ball and toes being almost unnoticeable in difference in comfort but in skating over time slightly noticeably better.

    With the CCM it's just ever so slightly noticeable in being not as connected to the side wall and for what ever reason I put them in my skates and go and they are ready,whee the speed plates you NEED to heat them up and get them right or they will put a hurting you.

    I also found that I had to reheat the left one like five times and right one heated pulled out of oven put in skate put on skate tightened up stood up did skate pee pee dance and right was good to go but left had cooled to much before I could get it right and ended up using my wife's hair dryer to re-warm it and then tweet the trouble areas so in hind-site I would do them separately.

  13. Just a heads up for anyone looking into Superfeet: You don't have to get the yellow ones! Those are for people with really high arches, but people consistently think those are the only ones you can use in hockey skates… WRONG! I have flat wide feet. Someone recommended me those yellow ones and I was in so much pain it was unbearable. I researched and found that Superfeet come in all shapes and sizes. I picked up a pair of black ones (for flat feet) and I've been using them ever since. Make sure you look into which one fits your feet best. I think all of their footbeds would work in hockey skates. You just have to cut down the toe part to size 👍🏻

  14. when i bought my supertacks they recommended that i get the med ccm ones and they are the most comfortable skates

  15. My issue is arch pain after a long warm up. Never when I just throw the skates on, only after. As if my feet were to swell after the body gets going. Superfeet and/or punching my skates had no effect. Bought new skates a bit wider with little change but now I just deal with it. Any suggestions?

  16. Personally, I didn't see a lot of help from the Superfeet, but I've absolutely loved the Bauer Speedplates in my Nexus skates.

    An unrelated side note, they can be a little tough to work out of your skates when you're drying them. They like to wedge themselves in tight.

  17. Hey guys I just made a video of how I practice my hockey skills and what I use!!! Please go take a look 👀

  18. My son loves his Bauer speed plates . They did crack twice due to a high rivet on the heal of the skate . However Bauer did warranty them through a local dealer so there was no wait time . The rivet was fixed for free also .

  19. I've been to 4 different hockey stores that sell the various insoles and the one thing they universally agree on is the speed plates are trash. i enjoy my super feet, there are many options not just the one style as shown here.

  20. Nice video as always man, I had a question my feet are completely flat any idea what kind of skate and bed I should use

  21. Any options for people with different size feet? I broke my left foot and it's permanently about a half size larger than my right

  22. I don't have pain from my skates because they're baked, but I have a foot disease that makes my arch really bad and I don't know if I should get one should I?

  23. I have achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis in both feet from working on concrete floors. This info will keep me coaching, I hope

  24. My local hockey store knows nothing but shit they just told me my old skates tie them up and wait and they don't ask me about like how I want them sharpened

  25. I have a bony protrusion in my instep on each foot (similar to accessory navicular syndrome,) the little bit of pronating while skating in stock foot bed would rub that protrusion against the sidewalls of the skate boot, and after 2 hours, I'd be in considerable pain and with a nasty blister over the protrusion. Got the yellow Superfeet and the arch support (I have medium/average arches) supinated my natural stance in the skates just a little bit and I never had a problem with protrusion digging into the sidewalls ever again. Once went back and used an old pair of skates with stock footbeds for 45 minutes and I had blisters so bad I couldn't skate for a week. Superfeet have made me a believer (and damn things last forever, I've had the same pair for 5+ years).

  26. hated my ccm medium arched insoles which i put in the bin after 10 minutes because they threw me back onto my heels way way too much ! they were fitted properly using that heat board. speed plates great for weeks on end then started getting horrific pain in both inner balls of my feet rebaked them and still no better even bought new ones and only a tad less painfull BUT for all those painless sessions in them my god the feel from the ice was improved 10 fold, i have a medium to high arch so skating on standard oem footbeds really lacks in feel and fit feels like my arches move downwards inside the boot. currently using some cheap running shoe foam insoles with a plastic heel and arch support with gel pad in the heel i trimmed and then heated them so that the plastic formed to my arch and heel and ive never looked back only £5.99 posted too 👍 comfort trumps performance everytime,every place, everywhere because if your not comphy and in pain you dont perform

  27. hey Jeremy, I've done heat molding for my skates twice now and I sometimes get pain in the insole/instep of my foot. Would any of these footbeds help with that you think?

  28. Hey Jeremy, can you bake skates with the CCM insoles installed, or do you need to put them in after you bake but before you put them on thanks?

  29. Any one have any red hot tips to stop foot numbness? I got a pair of vapor x500s (my first pair of skates ever) and whether I really crank them tight or just tight enough so I feel supported my feet always go numb after about half an hour of skating. I've tried lots of different variations of lace tightening to see if anything helps but I always get numb feet. The boot feels like a perfect fit in the sense that my toes are just brushing the toe cap and my feet aren't squished but also have very little room to move. Do you think aftermarket inner soles would help me much? Cheers, any help is appreciated

  30. I need insoles with arch support as I have dicky knees. I had yellow Superfeet but they gave me lace bite. The problem is that they raise the heel, and pull back the toes, thereby changing the fit of the skate. I now have Bauer speed plates and they really support the arches. I also feel my feet are more in touch with the ice. And since they do not raise the heel, the skate still fits well. I think they are excellent. But as the chap in the video says, unless you need arch support, stick with the stock insoles.

  31. I have very flat and wide feet. Superfeet yellow helped my edge control and alleviated knee pain. I have also tried the CCM medium arch insoles all in my RBZ and while they are OK, I like the more firm "locked in" feeling I get from my Superfeet. The CCM custom insoles are too spongy and the stock ones do not provide the right level of alignment correction that I require.

  32. If I'm getting pain in my inner arches, should I really just look into spot heating/molding there? Maybe pushing that area down/out to make room for my wide feet there?

  33. I haven't been able to skate because I experienced foot pain every time. Later on, I realised it was because of my being flat-footed. What would be an ideal footbed when there's no hockey shop in my country?

  34. i have speedplates in my skates but i feel like they rock slighty in the boot (came standard with 1s), also want my heel to sit slighty higher to give a more agressive stance would any of these do that?

  35. Jeremy i have flat feet which insole should i get. For my skates that i currently use i take the insole out to help with my flat feet

  36. Man just go superfeet for most people. They offer comfort plus support and they have been doing it for years. Only get those Bauer and CCM insoles in the night end product. I played for years and without them and I’m a severe pronator and it changed how I felt at the end of a game. Plus put them in my shoes because like skates the insoles only protect my feet from the stitching and shoes

  37. I've got high arches and even on brand new S29 Bauer skates my feet were hurting on the arches. I saw the Bauer speed plates on sale and grabbed a pair, just popped them in without baking them and they feel 1000x better. If you have high arches and your feet hurt at the arch definitely consider these to aleviate that pain.

  38. Trying the high arch blue CCM, better than others tried, challenge is having a 12.5A shoe size. Skates hurt first couple of minutes, then better after a retie. This is for recreational skating. Any thoughts appreciated. Ken

  39. just found this video after searching foot pain in skates, any advice for dealing with foot pain in just one foot? my left foot feels like its in a vice! pain from side of my big toe to side of my pinky toe and its awful.

  40. Those CCM custom support med arch insoles with Powerfoot inserts = biggest gamechanger to date. So much more power in my stride

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