Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles Review

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What most people look for in a good insole typically includes support, stability, shock absorption, cushioning, and pain relief. Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles are designed in such a way that they can deliver all of the above, and more. 

Your feet and legs will feel a lot of relief from the shock absorption, which effectively reduces the shocks felt by forty percent. The cushioning in the ball of the foot, the arch support, and the deep heel cup work as a triple-zone protection effort to alleviate pressure and absorb impact with every footstrike.

Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles help to prevent and even relieve some or all pain caused by some common sports injuries, like runner’s knee, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis. They are designed to support feet that are in motion. They even work to reduce your foot odor with the SweatMax technology.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Pain Relief


Shock Absorption

Enhanced Performance

Odor Control


Can Aggravate Certain Conditions

Could Use More Support


Dr. Scholl’s founder, Dr. William Mathias Scholl, was born in Indiana in 1882. William’s family was made up of cobblers and farmers. When he was young, William found an interest in biomechanics and shoes. He immersed himself in research regarding foot care and even used his grandfather’s tools to repair shoes for people and earn some money.

Once out of high school, William went on to study medicine at the Loyola University of Chicago. While in college, William earned money working in a shoe store to earn money and learn more about feet and shoes. While working in that store, he became interested in podiatry.

While still in college, Dr. Scholl actually designed, invented, and patented his own product made for arch support. This was in 1904. He decided that, in order to get the word out quicker and reach a broader demographic, he needed to partner with his brother, Frank, to found Dr. Scholl’s company and expand the business overseas.

Even though the original Dr. Scholl isn’t around anymore, the people who took over the company are still dedicated to continually advancing technologies and study the science of movement and foot care. Dr. Scholl’s mission has always been, and always will be, helping people to live their lives more confidently and comfortably. You can find other products by Dr. Scholl’s here.

Arch Support

The quality of arch support in Dr. Scholl’s Insoles is going to distribute the pressure from foot strike across your entire foot, evenly, which will help relieve pain and get your body aligned the way it should be. The arch will also help to provide you with the balance and stability of your feet and body need.

While they’re working on improving your balance and posture, they’re also lessening your pain and symptoms related to lack of support and imbalance. Foot pain is not an uncommon thing for people to deal with at some point in their lives. If you have high arches, this might help you.

There are many benefits to wearing insoles with arch support in them. As the name suggests, “arch supports” provide support. If you need special support for a condition like plantar fasciitis, arch supports can help reduce the pain you experience. Dr. Scholl’s Active Series work to alleviate some or all of your pain to allow you the freedom to live your day without focusing all of your thoughts on your tired and aching feet.

The arch support in Dr. Scholl’s Active Insoles doesn’t just help to alleviate pain but can even prevent collapsing of your arches. When your arches collapse, it causes your plantar nerve to stretch out. The extra pressure put on your plantar nerve can lead to the painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis.

If you want to get the most out of your Dr. Scholl’s Insoles, you’ll want to invest in a quality pair of running shoes. Make sure the shoes you wear have enough support to complement the benefits of your arch support.

Forefoot Support

The one area of your foot that typically doesn’t get enough attention is your forefoot. When shoes, socks, and insoles are designed, the attention is usually placed more-so on the heels and arches. Yes, those areas of your feet definitely need the attention they receive, but you can’t forget about your forefoot.

When your forefoot (ball of your foot) lacks the right amount of support and cushioning, you’re likely to experience more itching, burning, blisters, cracks, and pain on the ball of your foot. If you struggle with blisters, you can find helpful tips here.

The thick cushioning in the forefoot of Dr. Scholl’s Insoles will work day-in and day-out to cushion each foot strike. This will allow your feet to move more naturally and even provide you with some energy return. The cushioning reduces the pressure your feet normally feel with every footstrike. Reducing this pressure can reduce the pain of metatarsalgia and Morton’s neuroma.

Metatarsalgia is a condition in which you experience pain in the ball of your foot. You may have heard this condition called a stone bruise as well. This condition is painful and affects your joints and bones in your metatarsal area. The cushioning of Dr. Scholl’s Series Insoles can help to alleviate some of the pain caused by this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a condition that develops when your third intermetatarsal space is inflamed. This space is better known as the ball of your foot. This condition typically develops when this area of your foot experiences prolonged and consistent compression on your plantar nerve. Morton’s neuroma can cause an awful lot of pain, but Dr. Scholl’s are here to help.

Heel Cup

Dr. Scholl’s Active are equipped with a deep heel cup, which acts as a valuable and effective tool to assist in reducing the amount of pressure that is put on your heel. The cup cushions your heel during foot strike and helps to guide your feet naturally through their strides. The cup also provides you with much-needed stability, which is great at helping with overpronation.

Many people struggle with overpronation. If you happen to be one of them, that means that your arches roll inward when you’re walking. This puts a lot of pressure on the rest of your body, believe it or not. It can cause pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, and back. You can be born with overpronation or you can develop it from pregnancy or obesity. No matter why you overpronate, Dr. Scholl’s Insoles can help.

When your arch rolls inward during walking, you’re more susceptible to injuries. Because you’re at a higher risk, you want to make sure that your shoes and insoles are working to give your feet extra stability. If your shoes don’t seem to be cutting it, Dr. Scholl’s Series Insoles are the perfect addition.

Before deciding to purchase any kind of product in hopes of treating symptoms of a foot condition, consult your Dr. to be certain that you won’t cause yourself any pain. You can find individual heel cups here.

Shock Absorption

No matter how much or how little you’re on your feet, no matter if you participate in low-impact activities or high-impact activities - your feet need certain things out of your insoles and shoes that will help lessen the risk of conditions that cause you pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, and even your lower back. If you have pain in these areas, the answer to your problems could be as simple as finding a quality pair of insoles.

Dr. Scholl’s are built in such a way that they will absorb shock from your footstrikes from toe to heel. Shock absorption doesn’t just take pressure away from your joints, but will even return some of the energy absorbed to your body. The energy return will help you to feel comfortable, supported, and energized longer. It’s a good idea to add shock-absorbing shoes to complement your Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles.

Dr. Scholl’s are packed with details to help distribute the impact of your footstrikes across your whole foot so that your feet and body experience less strain and stress. These features include toe to heel cushioning, forefoot support, arch support, and a deep heel cup.


Many athletes are constantly looking for a way to enhance their performance. The goal is to typically be the best - or, at least, to be better than you were yesterday. Insoles don’t just help those who have foot conditions or foot pain and discomfort. Insoles can be a helpful tool for athletes, too.

Dr. Scholl’s Insoles are great for athletes because they absorb shock and reduce pressure, reduce foot and leg fatigue, improve comfort, and decrease the risk of injury. With all of these features combined into one product that fits right into your shoe, it’s easier than ever to improve your athletic performance. You can also use this to help keep you energized.

The way that Dr. Scholl’s work to reduce fatigue in your joints and muscles is by keeping the feet properly aligned, the whole way through each stride. The support and stability provided for the entire run will help athletes experience less foot and leg fatigue, which will allow them to work at their greatest potential. Keeping your feet and ankles aligned will also help you to maximize your propulsion.

Dr. Scholl’s don’t just prevent injuries, they can help in the recovery of injuries. By providing your feet and ankles with stability, shock absorption, support, cushioning, weight distribution, and a contoured fit, your recovery period will go much more smoothly.

A consumer in his late forties runs anywhere between twenty-five and forty miles every single week. He used to experience terrible knee pains when running. However, he has been using Dr. Scholl’s Insoles for a year, and his knee pain is hardly noticeable. He always makes sure that he has new, high-quality running shoes paired with his insoles, which he replaces every three months. He’s noticed a tremendous difference in his distance and his speed.


The cushioning in Dr. Scholl’s Active Insoles runs from the forefoot to the heel, protecting the ball of your foot, your arch, and your heel simultaneously. This cushioning is a quarter of an inch thick. This is plenty of cushioning for some people. However, for certain conditions, you may require more cushioning. This insole from Dr. Scholl’s may be able to help you.

Pain Relief

Dr. Scholl’s Series Insoles are able to help relieve pain from conditions like runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. What gives them this ability is the combination of the toe to heel support, stability, cushioning, and shock absorption.

One consumer who suffers from plantar fasciitis decided to give Dr. Scholl’s Active Insoles a try and was pleasantly surprised. After trying numerous brands and models, he had become frustrated and thought he’d never find relief. He’s got lower arches and could never find the right support. If you need support for flat feet, you can check here.

However, once he tried Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles, he no longer limps out of bed and is finally able to do the activities he once loved without having pain. He suggests that you place them in your shoes and then ease yourself into wearing them. Start with just a few hours a day and then as your feet get used to them, and they get used to your feet, you’ll be all set to run for hours.

As always, be sure to consult your doctor before purchasing.

Odor Control

It’s no secret that a lot of people struggle with food odors. Even so, people stick get embarrassed by it - understandably. People who struggle with foot odors typically struggle with sweaty feet that cause the odor, to begin with. Having excess perspiration in your socks and shoes due to poor breathability will lead to trouble.

When your socks and shoes are saturated, they are bacteria’s perfect breeding grounds. These bacteria come to feed on your sweat. Once they do, they produce an acid that they leave behind. This acid is what causes the odor. And it’s not just the odor you need to worry about. These bacteria can also cause Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Thankfully, there are measures in place to avoid this problem in your Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles. They are equipped with SweatMax technology from Dr. Scholl’s. This is a combination of baking soda and charcoal. The baking soda reacts with some of the compounds that are responsible for the odor and work to prevent it.

The downside to the baking soda is that it has a small surface area which makes it less effective. This is why the design team used activated charcoal alongside the baking soda. The charcoal absorbs odor well because it has a bigger surface area that allows more room for pockets and pores (millions) which catch the odors and trap them.

You can work to protect yourself from foot odors in a few ways. Keep your feet dry. Wear breathable shoes and socks. Change your shoes daily, allowing enough time for them to air out and dry completely. Wear clean cotton socks that will wick up your sweat. Use drying powders. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly one or two times a day. Here are some more tips for foot odors.


I’m sure you’re wondering whether or not Dr. Scholl’s come with a money-back guarantee. This is an important question to have when shopping - especially online purchases. These insoles do happen to come with a money-back guarantee. And it’s not just a thirty-day guarantee. This guarantee covers you for ninety days.

During this ninety-day period (from the date of purchase to ninety days later), if you are not one hundred percent satisfied with your Dr. Scholl’s Insoles, you may receive a refund. To submit a refund request, fill out the form that came with your package. Mail it to the return address listed on Dr. Scholl’s website. Include both insoles, the UPC code from the original packaging, along with the original date of purchase with the package.

Bottom Line

Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles are a great match for people who suffer from conditions like plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and shin splints. They can also help to correct overpronation and relieve foot fatigue. You can enjoy stability provided by the deep heel cup and toe to heel support. There is shock absorption from toe to heel as well. All of these features add up to an enhanced performance for many athletes.

Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles are even equipped to help take care of odor-causing bacteria by absorbing odors and trapping them. These insoles come in different sizes and can be trimmed to fit exactly how you need them to.

You do want to be careful to always consult your doctor before purchasing a product in an effort to alleviate symptoms related to a condition. If you purchase the wrong type of orthotic, you could end up aggravating your condition. Some people will need more support and cushioning than Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles provides, but some will find them to be perfect.