Disclosure: I was provided a pair of The X Brace for review and 4 pair to giveaway to my readers. All opinions stated are my own.
If you see me in person, you will never see me in non-sensible shoes. As someone who has suffered with Plantar Faciitis and Posterior Tibial Tendinitis, I have sentenced myself to only shoes with good support based on advice from my podiatrist and sports med docs. I cannot walk around our house barefoot without noticing something flaring up nor can I wear sandals without heel straps or flip flops without suffering the consequences. It was with serious interest I discovered The X Brace and couldn’t wait to try it out.
Built by doctors, its a very simple design, supporting your foot and heel. Extremely light weight and very easy to put on, much easier than the Athletic Tape I have used.
Info from The X Brace Web Site :
|Band around foot then X Support to Heel Straps.|
I LOVED the way it supported my foot and heel. I wore with with all kinds of shoes and the heel band stayed on my foot – no matter the type of shoe or if I was barefoot. I wore the brace with Athletic shoes, loafers, clogs, flip flops and my Ugg like boots. I thought the heel strap would slip but it did not, ever, even when I ran with them on. So easy to put on too, you just slide The X Brace on and wrap slide the strap around your heel. There is silicone in the heel strap to help keep it in place. The heel strap is GREAT for barefoot or when you are wearing shoes with little support in the back.
I wore The X Brace on 3 short training runs 2-3 miles. The first two I have to admit I felt the band around my foot and it seemed as if the seam where the band is sewn together was RIGHT at my foot strike point. My third try, it was better as I took my Superfeet out of my shoes and used the insoles that came with the shoe. I was wearing New Balance 840 v2 which have some support for the arch built in and maybe I had too much support going on with the Superfeet which contain very little cushion themselves.
|X Brace Top view of Foot|
Admission here, because I have a half marathon in 2 weeks and March, I did not try them on my long runs. I didn’t want to introduce anything new to my routine , so I will continue my feet taping for the long runs through March when I have a second half marathon. I will continue to experiment on the shorter runs with The X Brace and if I can find the discomfort I experienced gone, I will switch from tape as that just adds to workout time and I LOVED being able to just slip this brace. Taping is such a time consuming process sometimes, especially when it won’t stick on my sweaty feet.
Great info on packaging how to use – its so simple really. Basically it advises to ease into your wear for shorter periods of time which I would guess is so feet and tendons can get used to the support. Also gives you contact info, I have found they are super responsive.
NOTE: If you are having issues and managing them with some overnight device, note, this product is NOT for overnight wear. My sports doctor advised me to ONLY wear overnight stuff when in constant pain for my Plantar Faciitis or Tendinitis, which I have not had to do for a long time now thank goodness. Just wanted to point that out.
My Bottom Line:
I found no discomfort in everyday wear, only wonderful support. I felt the support enough I will continue to see if I can wear them when I run. I found the folks at The X Brace nice and receptive to my feedback, they truly care about this product and helping athletes of all levels stay on their feet. As someone with lingering issues, I will continue to regularly wear my my braces with everyday shoes and see if I can find the sweet spot in my short training runs. I also LOVED support without my feet getting hot.
Keep in mind, I am not a doctor and individual results could vary, this review is based on my experience. We all have different feet and gaits you know BUT as someone who has suffered through foot pain I surely would recommend this product to anyone who needs some support. If you are having serious issues, please see a doctor, that has always been the key to my recovery in bad flare ups and I found my doctors open to me trying things on the market to see what works for me.
Want to try out The X Brace?
The kind folks at The X Brace have given me 4 sets to giveaway to my readers! SO here is how it will work…… enter the Rafflecopter below, and I will one by one select a lucky recipient, the sizes I have are different, so first pick will get first choice of size, and 2nd winner will get their choice of size. If your size is not available, I can send you an X Brace Bracelet as a thanks for entering. Open to US Residents 18 or older only.
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