Like the descriptive names of the Flex and Mid-Flex Maintainer arch supports, the Ultra Maintainer arch support is named for its “Ultra-rigid” support capabilities. This arch support is similar to the Miracle, but is manufactured with a super-rigid, reinforced compound. The Ultra Maintainer arch support features a lower inner longitudinal arch which is perfect for feet with lower or more flexible arches. A lower metatarsal rise also accommodates all four arches of the foot and is contoured with the medium to flat arches in mind.
The “toes” end of the Ultra Maintainer arch support features a small lump. This is called the “metatarsal rise,” and it is designed to help take pressure off the ball of the foot and the toes every time the foot takes a step.
Far from being merely a luxury, the leather covering of the Ultra arch support serves an important biomechanical purpose. It is the first line of defense for feet that need a little extra shock absorption to help prevent inflammation of ligaments or pain due to excess pressure. This added cushion helps the Deluxe Leather provide extra comfort for sensitive and unstable feet, knees and hips.What the metatarsal rise do and how does it help?
By properly supporting the metatarsal arch, the metatarsal rise lifts up the bones in the ball of the foot, 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 Ultra Maintainer arch support can help reduce pain caused by corns, calluses and excess pressure on the ball of the foot. The Ultra Maintainer arch support is also perfect for supporting a high arch and taking pressure off the toes in dress shoes.
The metatarsal rise on the Ultra Maintainer arch support is slightly lower than the same feature in Good Feet’s other Maintainers. It is designed to provide support to the forefoot, preventing the ball of the foot from hitting the ground too hard and distributing pressure away from the toes. While a foot of average arch height and flexibility may find it too rigid to serve as a comfortable performance enhancer, some athletes use the Ultra Maintainer arch support even during high-impact sports.
The metatarsal rise on the Ultra Maintainer arch support helps to support the ligaments and tendons in the forefoot as the entire foot works while walking or standing. The Ultra’s metatarsal rise helps to maintain the forefoot in the ideal pressure-distribution pattern, by properly dispersing body weight through the foot with each step. The Ultra Maintainer arch support can ensure that the pressure of body weight is properly dispersed through the entire foot during each step and while standing on hard surfaces.
The heel end of the Ultra Maintainer arch support is a “heel platform”; a tapered end that fits the shape of the heel yet does not cup the fatty pad of the heel to align each step. The heel platform helps to support the transverse arch while allowing enough freedom for the heel to roll and twist naturally leisure activities.What does the heel platform do and how can it help?
The heel platform of the Ultra Maintainer supports the transverse arch which is located in front of the heel. This arch area is where the Plantar Fascia ligament connects to the heel bone. By supporting the transverse arch, the Ultra Maintainer arch support can help protect the heel against inflammation of the Plantar Fascia ligament.
Though it supports the heel during gait, the heel platform on the Ultra Maintainer arch support is primarily designed to maintain the foot in the ideal position for proper distribution of body weight during gait.
The lower profile of the heel platform allows the Ultra Maintainer arch support to fit comfortably in open-heeled dress shoes with the aid of some Good Feet velcro attached to the bottom of the support.
The Ultra Maintainer 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. As the most rigid Maintainer available, the Ultra helps to properly distribute the weight of the body through the foot with each step, and prevent excessive splaying or rolling.What does inner and outer longitudinal arch support do and how does it help?
By supporting all four arches of the foot, the Ultra Maintainer 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 straining under too much stress.
The Ultra’s inner and outer longitudinal arches stabilize the foot during gait, helping to prevent pronation and supination (rolling inward or outward). By stabilizing the foot, the Ultra Maintainer arch support helps to promote proper gait, thereby reducing excess stress in the ankles, knees and hips. The Ultra’s rigid flexibility level makes it the ideal Maintainer in a complete arch support system for those with moderate to severe motion control needs and higher or more flexible arches.