I wondered, do I really need a heel cup and arch when these elements were always the ones I was having to adjust for best comfort and control. For as simple as a Graceyfeet insole is to look at, the science behind it is quite extensive. Graceyfeet works because pronation and bony alignment in and of themselves do not cause pain unless there is existing physical trauma or excessive mechanical stress to the tissues. Poor alignment does produce high plantar pressures that transmit excessive vertical forces through the joints of the foot and ankle and up the chain; that is what causes the pain and prolongs healing times. This is why, for example, we place a valgus wedge (or 1st ray cut-out) under the forefoot in the presence of a plantarflexed, hypo-mobile first ray. But what if there was a material that blocked the ground reaction force (GRF), allowed the 1st ray to drop, and molded to the heel and met-heads so well that it dispersed the pressures over a larger surface-area without the need for a heelcup or special pads? This is exactly what Graceyfeet does in a 3/16" thin, flat insole. Graceyfeet drops the pressure that causes pain, maintains a preferred joint movement path, and can be used in the presence of gross deformity and existing pathology. The full-length Kevlar turns vertical forces into horizontal forces while the PPT/SRP stores and returns energy under load. If the GRF is blocked and not allowed to reach the foot, where does it go? It stays in the cleat/ground interface. This results in improved grip on dirt, turf, and court surfaces. Faster acceleration times, quicker jumps, sharper cuts, powerful push-offs, etc....This stuff digs hard and releases perfectly. This in-turn, instills confidence in a player's base of support. But they should practice in it first! Immediately he will experience what the advantages feel like, and soon they will become second nature; freeing your player's mind to focus on his assignments of play, not his feet.
Now don't get me wrong, I do believe orthotics (Heel cup, posts, wedges, MLA pads, custom molded shells, etc.) work to reduce pain, improve balance and alter the kinetics and kinematics of gait!
Graceyfeet is a tool for the toolbox to control pain and improve function. It can be complimentary to existing orthotic devices or for athletes who have soured on the use of orthotics altogether. It can go next to the skin and be cut for cast shoes, wrist pads, crown pads for helmets, slide pads, glove/mitt pads, chest pads, shoulder pads, and anywhere reduced pressures are desired. It's anti-microbial and anti-bacterial! It can be washed and dried in a machine! I can silkscreen a logo or player's name on it! It's very cool stuff.
So, you've read this far. Congratulations! You've earned the right to know more...
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Thank you Kevin Kirby, you are the gold standard.
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Loves me some Benno Nigg!
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