It is a good to vary your footwear (including your insoles). In many cases, you will be pain free without KNEED2Be after a period of time. If your injury persists make sure you seek professional medical advice. Your local independent footwear dealer can be a great resource for medical professionals in your community.
The heel cradle in KNEED2Be is designed to optimally connect with your heel and fit within the heel counter of the shoes you live in. The heel doesn’t push out the heel counter of the shoe, allowing the shoe to hold your heel the way it was meant to without slippage. There is no sacrifice between support and slippage. While inside your shoe, the shape of KNEED2Be utilizes your natural heel pad, by gently compressing it, and optimizing that cushioning under your heel. In addition, the rounded shape matches the shape of your heel while the flat surface underneath the insole matches the flat surface inside your shoe. We are taking your shoe and giving it a three-dimensional shape to match your unique foot inside the shoe.
The medial longitudinal arch (typically just called “the arch” of the foot even though you technically have three) is shaped to ensure you have support from your heel to the ball of your foot (at the base of the big toe). The arch shape is based on the most common arch length and height for your shoe size. It is important you fit your arch length so adjust the size you have selected where necessary to ensure the proper fit. Your arch should have a gentle contact point all along the inside shape of the insole. People with lower arches (pes planus) will typically find the additional support of Kneed insoles to be exactly what they were looking for. However, you can apply weight to the heated product to lower the arch support to a comfortable level.
Often support in orthotics and insoles is achieved by using hard materials that don’t allow the rest of your foot to bend where you need it to. At worst the insoles can be overly restrictive and at best they bend just shy of where you would ideally want. By using a variable density ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) material, KNEED2Be supports your foot and then the density transitions towards your natural flex areas.