It is a good training technique to both vary your runs and vary your footwear (including your insoles). In many cases, you will be able to run pain free without KNEED2Run 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.
Go to Running Injury Clinic to learn more about injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Wraps around your heel without pushing on the heel counter inside the running shoe. By gently compressing your heel pad, the natural cushioning under your heel is utilized, weight is evenly distributed under your heel, all without causing your heel to slip out of the back of your shoe.
The heel cradle in KNEED2Run is designed to optimally connect with your heel and fit inside the heel counter of running shoes. The heel doesn’t push out the heel counter of the running 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 KNEED2Run utilizes your natural heel pad, by gently compressing it, and optimizing that cushioning under your heel. In addition, the rounded bowl 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.
Biomechanically shaped to ensure support from the heel all the way to the ball of the foot.
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. To fit your arch length you may have to choose a KNEED insole that is one size smaller or larger than your shoe size to ensure a proper fit. Your arch should have a gentle contact point all along the inside shape of the insole. If a higher arch support is needed to contact your foot you can have your local independent KNEED dealer use a pillow molding technique to raise the arch. This will be in the case in less than ten percent of the population. People with lower arches (pes planus or flat feet) will typically find the additional support of KNEED2Run exactly what they were looking for. However, you can apply weight to the heated product to lower the arch support to a comfortable level.
Following the direction of your foot, Kneed2Run flexes with your foot and also maintains its shape where you need the support.
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 transitions towards your natural flex areas.