The benefits of tyfo insoles

Dr. Monika Leitner explains how she came across tyfo insoles and the difference they made to her running performance.

I wanted to share with you all how I came in touch with tyfo insoles and what makes them different.

I am a recreational runner, and in 2019 I went to my local running store for a new pair of shoes. Here, I learned about this new insole and – being a physiotherapist – felt immediately that this sounded very interesting! I bought them straight away.

At the time, I had a pain during running near my sit bones. With my professional expertise, I hypothesised that this problem was associated with the fascia and hamstrings muscles. Excited to find out whether the tyfo insoles would help, I started my first runs with the insoles in my shoes.

Besides a slight abnormal feeling that I felt in my feet at the beginning (totally normal), I experienced a release from the pain in my sit bone pain for some weeks. As a physiotherapist, having knowledge of the fascia in our body, I attributed that success to the impact of tyfo on the fascial system.

Some months later I personally met ‘Mr tyfo’, aka Simon, in this same running store. I was happy to share my experience with him. Up to that point, the effect mechanism of the insoles was ‘only’ seen in regards to the muscle activation, which is expressed in the acronym ‘Turn Your Feet On’. So we began the conversation about the impact of tyfo on the plantar fascia.

This layer of connective tissue, running from the calcaneus to the toes, is one of the strongest fascial structures in the body. The connective fibres have an inherent tensile strength that support the arch of the foot upon vertical load transmission from the weight of the body. I am sure that, as a runner, you get the idea of that. Have a look at the plantar fascia in this image and view the ‘profile’ of the tyfo insole. Can you imagine, that with EVERY step you do, you bring a ‘massage effect’ to this tissue via the bumps of the insole?

(Foot image copyright: InjuryMap. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)

So, this was my first personal encounter with tyfo. I hope that this was interesting for you.

In the future I will share more about the impact of this insole and how we – as runners – can care for our body. I strongly believe that our feet are a key to our health, wellbeing and injury prevention. Weak feet can bring various pains anywhere in the body that are hard to diagnose, but we see huge improvements even for people with no pain or injuries (they run stronger for longer) or people with foot pain related to serious symptoms such as Parkinson’s.

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This blog is part of a paid partnership with our Family Partner ActivFeet.


Dr. Monika Leitner
Monika is physiotherapist from Austria, but has lived in Switzerland for over 30 years. She’s a runner, who uses running to help her sort through her thoughts. She has worked with mums to help them get back to physical activity after giving birth, has a counselling degree, and specialises in the female pelvic floor and musculoskeletal system. For the past 17 years, she has been a lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

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