Before You Take That First Step: Something New for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Before You Take That First Step: Something New for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

January 29, 2019

Plantar fasciitis - if you’re suffering from it or have in the past, the mere mention can cause flashbacks to the pain you felt when you took that first step in the morning or when you got up after sitting for a while. Wearing flip flops or walking barefoot without pain is simply out of the question, but that doesn’t have to be the case.


For years podiatrists, physical therapists and athletic trainers have used taping techniques to help support the arch and the plantar fascia. “Low-Dye taping was designed to off-load the plantar fascia and provide immediate relief from plantar fasciitis,” notes Dr. Joshua P. Eldridge, “unfortunately, taping is time consuming, temporary, and not something most people have the time or skill to do properly at home.” Dr. Eldridge, a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and a member of the team treating patients at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in the lead up to the London Olympics has treated hundreds of cases of plantar fasciitis. Putting his knowledge of biomechanics and experience working with athletes to work, Dr. Eldridge developed The X Brace, an effective way to relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis from that first step in the morning and throughout the day, especially when walking barefoot or in sandals.


"The X Brace is great to have on your nightstand right next to your bed," says Dr. Eldridge, "just slip it on before you even take that first step and you won't have that initial morning pain.” The unique “X” pattern in the patented X Brace provides support and reduces arch pressure very similarly to how the low-dye taping procedure works but without all the expertise, time, and tape. Tested by hundreds of athletes and plantar fasciitis sufferers, The X Brace has been found to be highly effective in eliminating pain when it is put on first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. Its light-weight, comfortable, construction makes it perfect for walking barefoot, and with its low-profile design and color, it's barely noticeable when worn with sandals or even heels. "I recommend keeping it in your purse or pocket so that it can be used at the first sign of pain,” states Dr. Eldridge. Wearing it for even a few hours can make a big difference.


Dr. Eldridge is quick to point out that while The X Brace works well to reduce or eliminate pain, it is not the solution for curing plantar fasciitis. Maintaining good flexibility, especially through stretching the hamstrings, calves, and plantar fascia, having good arch support in everyday shoes, and even wearing a plantar fasciitis night sock when sleeping, will help keep your feet healthy and free from pain in the long run. However, The X Brace has been proven to provide immediate pain relief when treating plantar fasciitis.


About Dr. Joshua Eldridge

Dr. Josh is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, was a member of the team treating patients at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in the lead up to the London Olympics and the author of Book on Injuries. He is the inventor of The X Brace and has developed a treatment protocol for Sever's disease and heel pain that has helped thousands of gymnasts throughout the world. Dr. Eldridge brings practical, easy injury care and prevention that can be done at home.

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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.