Maintainers focus on maintaining the arch infrastructure. These products are designed to help improve your normal phases of gait in a variety of ways and offer comfort-enhancing arch support for all day relief.
The underside of the Barefoot features a sturdy pattern of connected squares called a “Stability Structure.” These thick, waffle-pattern shaped squares are positioned under the forefoot of the arch support to help stabilize the support while the foot walks.What does the stability structure do and how can it help?
The Barefoot’s waffle-patterned Stability Structure also helps to prevent unnecessary side-to-side motion of the foot during gait. The Barefoot is flexible enough to give gently under pressure, and the Stability Structure on the sole of the Barefoot flexes enough to provide comfort to flatter or more sensitive feet.
The “front” end of the Flex Maintainer arch support features a small lump. This is called the “metatarsal rise”. It is designed to help take pressure off the ball of the foot and the toes every time the foot takes a step.What does the metatarsal rise do and how can it help?
By properly supporting the metatarsal arch, the metatarsal rise lifts up the bones in the ball of the foot, effectively preventing them from hitting the ground too hard every time the foot pushes off for a step. This means that the metatarsal rise in the Barefoot arch support can help relieve some pain caused by pressure in the ball of the foot. It can also redistribute body weight away from corns, calluses and other pain causing areas in the ball of the foot.
As it takes pressure off the ball of the foot, the metatarsal rise in the Barefoot arch support fans out the bones that form the metatarsal arch which is located at the front of the foot (typically referred to as the ball of the foot). At the same time, the toes are relieved of pressure. Because the Barefoot is so flexible, its metatarsal rise feels slightly more prominent than that in more rigid Exerciser arch supports, but this sensation generally subsides during the break-in period.
The heel cup is a cup-like indentation at the heel end of the Barefoot arch support. It is designed to protect the fatty pad of the heel and to help absorb the “step shock” and joint impact that courses through the body each time the heel strikes the ground.What does the heel cup do and how can it help?
Every step each foot takes begins when the heel makes contact with the ground, in what is called “heel strike.” When the heel strikes the ground, up to three times the body’s weight can be exerted on the bones and tissues of the heel. This puts the heel under tons of stress, especially if it is not properly supported. The Barefoot heel cup is designed to help cushion and properly align the heel, thereby reducing the stress of each step.
A stable heel is one of the foundations of a stable body. If a heel is striking the ground at an angle, or rolling too much to one side during gait, it can cause imbalances throughout the entire foot, ankle, knees, and eventually through the entire body. By supporting the heel, the Barefoot arch support can help align each step starting with the heel strike.
The Barefoot arch support also features support for the inner and outer arches of the feet. These are designed to stabilize the foot during gait, to help prevent it rolling inward or outward with each step.What does inner and outer longitudinal arch support do and how does it help?
By supporting all four arches of the foot, the Barefoot arch support helps to properly distribute pressure through the entire foot, thereby preventing any one part of the foot from taking on too much pressure. This can help alleviate pain in areas of the foot that are strained.