The Hug orthotic is all about one thing: instant comfort. Good Feet named this arch support the “Hug” because it feels just like a comfy hug against the foot. The Hug orthotic is molded in the same shape as the Good Feet Classic arch support, but is made of an ultra-soft rubber compound designed to cushion the foot against step shock. The Hug orthotic is a perfect starter arch support for those whose health complications or pain issues prevent the feet from acclimating to Good Feet’s more rigid arch support products.
The sole of the Hug arch support features a sturdy pattern of connected squares called a “Stability Structure.” These thick squares are positioned under the forefoot of the support, to provide a little extra stability during gait.What does the stability structure do and how can it help?
The Hug’s square Stability Structure is very flexible and gives generously under pressure. This stabilizing pattern helps the Hug keep its shape which means consistent support for your feet.
The front end of the Hug arch support features a prominent “bump” that resembles a miniature pitcher’s mound. This is called the metatarsal rise and it is particularly effective at taking pressure off the ball of the foot, the toes and the heel.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. The Hug’s flexible material is not designed to redistribute pressure through the foot, so the metatarsal rise in the Hug will not redistribute pressure from the front of the foot as aggressively as our more rigid Exerciser arch supports.
The heel cup is a cup-like indentation at the heel end of the Hug 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.” The Hug’s heel cup is designed to help cushion and properly align the heel, thereby reducing the stress of each step.
The Hug 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 Hug 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.
The Hug’s inner and outer longitudinal arch support features stabilize the foot during gait, helping to prevent pronation and supination (rolling inward or outward). By stabilizing the foot, the Hug helps to reduce excess stress in the ankles, knees and hips..