Disclosure: I was provided these products from Heel That Pain for the product review; however, all opinions are my own.
Several months back I was approached by Heel That Pain to test a few of their products. Heel That Pain specializes in shoe inserts and cups (seats) used to help prevent and reduce conditions such as heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis.
They use a concept know as the Fascia-Bar. “The Fascia-Bar technology present in Heel That Pain’s inserts, wraps and splints realigns the plantar fascia ligament to its proper position while providing therapeutic acupressure and cushioning to the heel bone. This combination not only provides rapid relief from pain, but also stimulates the human body’s natural ability to heal itself. In essence, the typical customer experiences progressive recovery with each step they take wearing our patented Fascia-Bar products. Our top orthotic, HTP Heel Seats, has a satisfaction rating of over 90%.”
Heel That Pain sent me one set of inserts and three sets of heel seats. I used the inserts personally for this product review. I had three other running partners review the heel seats. Their reviews will come out soon to follow. All three of these running partners currently suffer with plantar fasciitis, so they were perfectly chosen candidates for their reviews.
As for my review, I chose the Heel That Pain Full Length Heel Seats (aka inserts) with extra arch support.
As for background, I have been running for about 5 years, logged over 4,000 miles, 3 marathons, 20 half marathons, 2 Walt Disney World Goofy Challenges, and a sprinkling of 5k & 10k events. I do not suffer from any heel pain or plantar fasciitis; however, I do have the occasional foot pain. I currently use custom inserts for my running shoes, and have so for about the last 4 years. These are to help with my high arches and to prevent my foot rolling and crashing on landing.
Here is a view of the insoles from varying angles when I received them.
I was able to give these inserts a thorough review. I put in about 175 miles with the insoles (25-35 miles per week). This included runs that ranged from 3 miles to 13 miles. During this trial period, I also ran back to back half marathons in one weekend. Based on this alone you should be able to gather how much I have enjoyed this product. When I first started using the inserts, I did experience a little rubbing on the arches; however, that soon went away (and was expected) once my feet got use to the change. Beyond this, I have not experienced any other issues with the product. I am happy to report that the foot pain has gone away.
Here is a before and after depiction of how the insoles adjust your foot with the aid of the Fascia-Bar.
HTP Full Length Heel Seats:
- Stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal itself via acupressure and cushioning support
- Add a layer of padding to areas of the foot that have become worn down and stressed
- Realign the plantar fascia ligament back to its healthy position
- Offer multi-directional support with 360 degree motion control
- Improve your outlook on life, because you’re not in pain anymore
- Are machine washable and built to last
As for the product pricing, it is quite reasonable compared to my inserts I have used in the past. Typically I pay about $50 for the Currex Inserts. The Heel That Pain Full Length Heel Seats (inserts) will cost you $34.95 a pair. Also, there is a discount if you sign up for the product renewal program. If you sign up for the renewal, you will get a new set of inserts every 90 days for just $24.95. Now typically I can go about a year in a pair of inserts, so I will continue to monitor these and see when they begin to break down. I think 90 days may be a little too soon for replacements, but we shall see as the trial proceeds.
This is an excellent product which I feel confident I will continue to use. The initial products were provided to me by Heel That Pain at no cost. However, when it is time to replace the product, I feel confident that I will be purchasing them for continued use. This product really works. It is amazing how something so small as the Fascia-Bar could make sure a difference. I am usually harsh on product reviews, but found nothing with this product to deter me from future use.
Be sure to check our their website for further information on getting your pair today!
This is part one of several Heel That Pain product reviews. Stay tuned for further reviews from others in my running group, as they have plantar fasciitis and will be reviewing the heel pads.
I would like to thank Heel That Pain for asking me to review their products, and I hope this has helped others in their consideration shoe inserts.
For more information on specifics on my review of the product, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a product manufacturer and would like for me to review your product here on Doombuggy Runner, you can also email me at email@example.com.
Good luck and happy running.