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Flexibility : flexible The Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is actually named for its flexibility; it is made of a springy compound that bounces back after each compression. The Flex Leather is so gentle on the feet that most customers feel comfortable in it right away. The Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is the perfect maintainer for those Read More
with flatter or more sensitive feet, since its low profile and gentle flexion allow it to follow the contours of any foot.
The Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is sturdy enough to support all four arches, and yet easily compresses under pressure, to spring back under the arch. The Flex Leather can do everything the Flex Maintainer arch support can with the added comfort of a leather cushion, which feels wonderful when worn in sandals against bare feet.
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The “toes” end of the Flex Leather 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.
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 Flex Leather Maintainer arch support can help reduce pain caused by corns, calluses, and excess pressure on the ball of the foot.
The metatarsal rise on the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is much less aggressive than the same feature in the Exerciser arch supports. The Flex Leather’s metatarsal rise is designed to provide flexible support to the active foot, preventing the ball of the foot from hitting the ground too hard, and distributing pressure away from the toes.
On the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support, the metatarsal rise helps to support the ligaments and tendons in the forefoot, as the entire foot works during strenuous or sports activities. The Flex Leather’s metatarsal rise conforms more to the foot, which means it provides just enough support to take pressure off the ball of the foot, without interfering with the foot as it adapts to uneven terrain. The flexibility of the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support helps it accommodate the needs of the athletic foot for every sport or casual activity. Top
The heel end of the Flex Leather 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 during sports and leisure activities.
The heel platform of the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support supports the Transverse arch, which is located in front of the heel. This arch includes a sensitive spot where the very important Plantar Fascia ligament connects to the heel bone. By supporting the transverse arch, the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support can help protect the heel against inflammation of the Plantar Fascia ligament, while still allowing the foot the freedom it needs to perform during sports or leisure activities.
Though it supports the heel during gait, the heel platform on the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is primarily designed to promote the ideal alignment of the foot during athletic and leisure activities. Because the heel platform on the Flex Leather allows the heel to move, the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is ideal for use during sports that require the foot to roll or propel the body from side to side, such as tennis or basketball.
The lower profile of the heel platform allows the Flex Leather 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 leather cushion on this support provides perfect comfort for those whose heels get dry, cracked or split while wearing their favorite open-heeled shoes. Top
The Flex Leather 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.
By supporting all four arches of the foot, the Flex Leather 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 Flex Leather’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 Flex Leather Maintainer arch support helps to promote proper gait, thereby reducing excess stress in the ankles, knees and hips. Because the Flex Leather Maintainer arch support is very flexible, it perfectly meets the maintainer needs of all four arches, for those who have sensitive or flatter feet. Top
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