"Just wanted to let you know I've had my X Brace for a week now & the difference in my feet has been amazing. I'm an elementary art teacher & teach 7 classes a day on average. Last year I had to get orthotics & I had tried taping but don't have time to every day. I wore heels for the 1st time in a year on a date with my husband b/c for the first time since I don't know when, my feet weren't killing me." -Sammie
Sammie's story is one of many but hearing how our brace has changed a life never gets old! It also reminds us why The X Brace is here today. So many people deal with pain and while having pain is part of being human, we believe that accepting pain is not. Our hope is that the day you discover The X Brace becomes the same day you stop accepting foot pain as just a part of life.
But What exactly is this thing we call The X Brace?!
It is quite simply put, an elastic foot brace designed to treat Plantar Fasciitis and Sever’s Disease. The custom elastic is manufactured right here in the US and then that elastic is sewn into the format that creates an “X” pattern beneath your arch.
So Why does this simple, elastic brace work to treat Plantar Fasciitis and Sever’s Disease?
To best understand the principles that are behind what makes our elastic brace effective, we need to talk about Low-Dye Taping. This is a particular method of taping that is designed to off-load your plantar fascia, which is the the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes, and encourage healing and pain reduction. This method requires some training, lots of time and of course lots of tape. You may recall seeing various athletes with their feet taped and this is what you’re seeing in many cases. The X Brace was created to have a very similar fit on the foot but the function and design have already been built into the design. No need for training, extended taping sessions or lots of tape. Everything is ready for you and you simply have to put it on for it to start working.
Does it work for everyone?
The beauty of The X Brace is that it is easily worn by anyone and everyone and should be effective at providing pain relief if the ailment you’re suffering from is Plantar Fasciitis or Sever’s Disease. However, there are LOTS of foot issues that cause pain and our brace, while incredibly effective, can only do so much. If there are other issues at play it is possible that a complete absence of pain will not be your results.
Are there exercises that can be done to encourage a speedy recovery?
One of the biggest ways to prevent & cure Plantar Fasciitis is to keep those calf and foot muscles strong. By strengthening your muscles, your stride when walking and running will be improved and pronation can be corrected. Standing on a stair with one hand on the wall or railing for support, keeping the toes on the stair and letting the heels hang. Gain balance in this position, then slowly lift up onto your toes, then slowly return back to the neutral position. You should feel this exercise in the calf muscle and back of the ankle. This should be repeated 10 times up and down for 3 sets, a total of 30 lifts. Always follow exercise with a regimen of massage, stretch and ice as this will assist in healing and help keep the pain at bay.
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