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Flexibility : Medium Sturdy enough to take a beating every day in your work boots, the Alznner is still flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of foot types and activities. The Alznner’s flexibility and features make it ideal for arches of average height and flexibility.
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The underside of the Alznner 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.
The Alznner’s waffle-patterned Stability Structure also helps to prevent unnecessary side-to-side motion of the foot during gait. This stable pattern helps the Alznner retain its arched shape no matter how hard the foot depresses it, ensuring that the many bones of the forefoot are properly supported. This leads to a more stabilized and better aligned foot.Top
The front end of the Alznner 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.
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 Alznner 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 Alznner 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. This can help prevent the toes from gripping the ground with each step, which could be a cause of hammertoes, calluses or corns.
While properly distributing pressure through the front end of the foot, the Alznner’s metatarsal rise also redistributes pressure through the bottom area of the entire foot which may reduce strain on the plantar fascia ligament (a band of tissues that run from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot). When the plantar fascia ligament is allowed to stretch too much under too much pressure, it can become inflamed, causing a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Because the Alznner’s metatarsal rise is so effective at properly distributing body weight throughout the foot, it can greatly reduce strain on the plantar fascia ligament.Top
The heel cup is a cup-like indentation at the heel end of the Alznner 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.
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 Alznner’s 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 Alznner arch support can help align each step starting with the heel strike. While ensuring that each heel strike is balanced and cushioned, the Alznner’s heel cup can reduce fatigue on the ankles, knees, hips, and back. A properly supported heel can properly distribute the weight of the body through the legs during gait, which means that the tendons of the ankles and knees won’t have to work extra hard to keep the body upright.Top
The Alznner 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.
By supporting all four arches of the foot, the Alznner 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 Alznner’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 Alznner helps to promote proper gait, thereby reducing excess stress in the ankles, knees and hips.Top
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