The Benefits of the X Brace for an Avid Hiker and Rock Climber

The Benefits of the X Brace for an Avid Hiker and Rock Climber

June 29, 2013

James Eller was never a professional athlete. In fact, with the exception of his childhood tee-ball league, he never played an organized sport in his life, and while he may never sign any endorsement deals, he’s kept himself in reasonably good shape for over forty years. Well, to be fair, the beauty of the Black Hills and his dog, Zax, have played an important role in his overall good health.

James, also an avid rock climber, has been hiking and climbing through western South Dakota since he was a child and certainly never had any thought of a condition called plantar fasciitis. Up until recently, James only had mild pain in his lower extremities from what he assumed was the natural progression of middle age. However, the pain in his heels and arches of his feet had become significantly more pronounced and he was finding it more and more difficult to keep up his active lifestyle.

Planter Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot, and affects about 10% of the US population every year. James made a nearly perfect candidate for this affliction since it is often caused by years of accumulated injury to the foot either unbeknownst or ignored by the active individual. Weight bearing and body mass index are factors as well.

Almost an entire year of debilitating pain went by before James finally decided to look into medical treatment or at least a way to decrease the pain in his feet. After several disappointments with heat, cold, and massage therapy, and only mild relief with corticosteroids, he came across the The X-Brace and gave it a try. Finally, he got relief from the pain of simply standing and walking, and in short order, he was able to return to his nature hikes with Zax and traversing the wilderness in his spare time. “Who knew a simple elastic support around the foot could do so much?”

You don’t have to be an athlete or a mountain climber to be afflicted with planter fasciitis. Maybe you like to jog, play disc golf or racket ball, or maybe you actually are that beat cop that spends all day on his/her feet. Consider using The X-Brace. James Eller is now a vocal champion of the benefits of The X-Brace and wears it nearly every day. “I never leave home without it!”

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Great product

My daughter uses The X Brace everyday and she is experiencing good improvements with pain management. She is being able to train with less pain.

Purchased from Japan.


I live in Japan, so I was expecting quite a delay in receiving my package, but it came within a week. Very quick service and the X Brace team even emailed me to make sure I had received it and was able to use it.


As far as the X Brace goes, its really great! I was actually shocked at how simple/small the design was. I’m usually skeptical of products claiming how “great they are” and how “even athletes recommend” but these braces have gone above and beyond expectation. I can’t even tell I have them on when I’m wearing them. They helped my pain almost instantly. ( my pain was severe so it took a day... lol) it’s easier to walk, run , and even stand now. I’ve been using them for about 3 weeks and even when I do not have them on, I can see the difference in my walking patterns as well as experience little to no pain.

They are VERY easy to clean. Just hand wash using soap and water and hang them to dry at night before you go to bed. They are always nice and clean, and dry when I wake up. I haven’t had to emergency clean and dry yet but the inside of the straps have small rubber grips, therefore I would caution against putting them in the dryer or using any form of artificial heat to dry them.


They might look expensive at first glance but the X Brace is completely worth it. I strongly recommend this product to anyone suffering from over-pronation. I will be buying another pair very soon just in case something happens to the ones Im currently wearing. Overall, I’m just happy to be able to walk pain free again.


Amazing, the pain had gone away from my feet. I tested it and didn't wear them for a few days and the pain returned. I started to wear them again and the pain disappeared. Extremely happy with the purchase.

So far so good

I’ve been using the brace for a couple of weeks now. It has been offering relief as advertised. Very happy with my purchase.