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Flexibility : Rigid The Max arch support is the most rigid arch support in the Exerciser family. It is built to work as hard as you do on hard surfaces or in heavy shoes. The Max’s rigid compound prevents it from flexing very much during gait. This support can stand up to even the most severe biomechanical imbalances, extremely high arches or feet that are unstable during gait.
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The sole of the Max 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 help stabilize the foot during gait.
The Max’s square Stability Structure helps to prevent unnecessary side-to-side motion of the foot during gait. The Max arch support’s stable sole pattern helps the Max retain its arched shape no matter how hard the foot depresses it, ensuring that the many bones of the forefoot are properly supported. This can lead to a more stabilized, better aligned foot.Top
The front end of the Mate 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 Max 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 Max 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 is why the Max can help prevent the toes from gripping the ground with each step, which might be the cause of hammertoes, calluses or corns.
While properly distributing pressure through the front end of the foot, the Max’s metatarsal rise also redistributes pressure across 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 Max’s metatarsal rise is so effective at properly distributing body weight through the foot, it can greatly reduce strain on the plantar fascia ligament.
Because the Max arch support is so firm, it does not flex much through the length of the entire support. For this reason, customers report that the metatarsal rise does not feel as prominent in the Max arch support as it does in other Good Feet Exerciser supports. This extra firmness translates into more rigid, stable arch support for the foot during gait.Top
The heel cup is a cup-like indentation at the heel end of the Max 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 Max arch support’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 Max arch support can help align each step starting with the heel strike.
While ensuring that each heel strike is balanced and cushioned, the Max’s heel cup can help to 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 Max’s heel cup can be the first step toward an ideally aligned skeleton.Top
The Max 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 Max 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 Max’s inner and outer longitudinal arches stabilize the foot during gait helping to prevent pronation and supination (rolling inward or outward). Because it is so rigid, the Max allows virtually no unnecessary supination or pronation which can drastically reduce pain due to excessive rolling of the foot during gait.Top
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