X-Line Wedges

HealthyStep wedges – our unique shape


Whenever I am on one of our trade stands (which is quite often these days!) I am always asked why our self-adhesive wedges are so uniquely shaped. The answer is quite straightforward – they are designed to integrate perfectly with our insoles functionality.

Let’s take the rearfoot wedge – I tend to explain it as follows:

1)  The unique design negates the need for full width material which means the heel is not lifted out of the shoe and better shoe-fit is the result.



A frontal plane view of the rearfoot (Distal to Proximal).  The slice is perpendicular to the inclination of the wedge at this point.

2)  Our wedge is designed to blend into the medial rearfoot skive of the insole to offer STJ axis control and you can see that the profile steadily ramps up  to complement the contours of the top surface, to support the talonavicular joint.



A frontal plane view of the TN jt support (Proximal to Distal). The slice is perpendicular to the inclination of the wedge at this point.

3) In the final phase of its function  as it runs into the mid-foot the picture shows the smooth angles bevelling of the wedge on the distal edge allowing the foot to transition into mid-stance (a wedge with a blunt edge would result in collapse of the arch profile and loss of function).



A frontal plane view of the midfoot (Proximal to Distal). The slice is perpendicular to the inclination of the wedge at this point.

In considering wedge design we wanted to offer clinicians a practical and low-stock solution so our wedges conveniently fit onto all our X-Line and Condition Specific insole range – we didn’t want you having to rummage around in a drawer full of product specific parts!

 

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