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Flexibility : RIGID The Honeycomb arch support’s flexibility complements the solid “stability web” on the underside of the support. Its durable material firmly resists flattening or flexing, which means it can withstand tons of pressure. Because it is so firm, the Honeycomb is most ideal for those with higher arches, more flexible arches, or people who work on hard surfaces.
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The sole of the Honeycomb arch support features a unique Stability Web pattern which affords it extra stability during gait. The hexagon shape of each “stability cell” allows very little side-to-side flexion of the foot. Instead, each cell in the Honeycomb’s Stability Web pattern stands firm with each step the foot takes, to support the forefoot against flattening or splaying.
The Honeycomb arch support’s Stability Web pattern is designed to provide maximum support to the forefoot. Unlike the more rigid Good Feet Max arch support, the Honeycomb arch support does allow some rolling of the foot during gait, but only very little. The hexagon shape of each stability cell helps to evenly distribute pressure through the whole forefoot, stabilizing all of the bones, ligaments and tendons.
The front end of the Honeycomb 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 Honeycomb arch support can help relieve some pain caused by pressure in the ball of the foot and also distribute body weight away from corns, calluses, and other painful problem areas in the ball of the foot. The Honeycomb’s metatarsal rise works with its firmer material to provide balanced support through the whole foot.
As it takes pressure off the ball of the foot, the metatarsal rise in the Honeycomb 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 Diamond’s metatarsal rise also redistributes pressure through the whole bottom of the foot, effectively reducing strain on the plantar fascia ligament (a band of tissue that runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot). When the plantar fascia ligament is allowed to stretch under too much pressure, it can become inflamed, causing a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Because the Honeycomb’s metatarsal rise is so effective at properly distributing body weight through the foot, it can greatly reduce strain on the plantar fascia ligament. The Honeycomb offers such rigid stability that customers who suffer from plantar fasciitis frequently comment that they feel balanced and realigned the moment they step on the arch support.
The heel cup is a cup-like indentation at the heel end of the Honeycomb 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 Honeycomb’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 Honeycomb can help align each step, starting with heel strike.
While ensuring that each heel strike is balanced and cushioned, the Honeycomb arch support’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. As part of an arch support system, the Honeycomb’s heel cup can be the first step toward an ideally aligned skeleton.
The Honeycomb 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 Honeycomb 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 Honeycomb’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 Honeycomb helps to promote proper gait, thereby reducing excess stress in the ankles, knees and hips. Because the Honeycomb is firmer than most supports, those with higher arches frequently find it provides just the stability their ankles, knees and hips need.
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