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Walk tall with Viscolas orthoticsViscolas® is the only visco-elastic polymer expressly formulated for orthopaedic application. Reproducing the shock attenuating properties of the fatty pads on the bottom of the foot, Viscolas® effectively dissipates the skeletal shock and reverberations that occur with each step, and equalizes underfoot pressures. Use of Viscolas® has proven to speed post operative recovery of the foot, leg, and lower-back, reduce symptoms of heel strike injuries such as tendonitis and shin splints, and provide effective soft tissue cushioning under foot.

In trial after trial, Viscolas® has been proven to provide significantly better shock absorbing efficiency than any other visco-elastic polymer. Insoles made of Viscolas® are the ones most prescribed by orthopaedic surgeons, therapists, and other health professionals. And, they are the insole most chosen for personal use by the staffs of orthopaedic facilities.

In The Workplace

With every step, a shock wave is generated through the entire body column. When the ground surface is hard,much of the body's natural shock absorbing capacity is lost. The buffer between foot and ground is minimized and "skeletal shock" occurs, punishing the whole body column and causing pain and fatigue in the foot, legs and back.

Did You Know

  • Recent studies* reveal that the skeletal shock produced by simple everyday walking on hard surfaces is one of the major contributing causes of the common backache among workers.
  • "Skeletal Shock", or chronic overload, is a result of repeated impact of the foot against hard surfaces.Skeletal shock can cause pain in the entire body column (foot, ankle, knee, hip and spine). It can lead to foot pain such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, painful heels, Achilles tendonitis and also a variety of joint ailments such as joint degeneration and osteoarthritis.
  • When walking, running or jumping, a person weighs from one half to ten times his normal standing or "dead" weight. This added weight and varying pattern of heel strike is imposed on the bottom of the foot which is unequipped to withstand such repeated stresses. Even standing, the foot carries more than the ordinary "dead" weight of the body. Because we unconsciously shift our weight, we create stress concentration on small parts of the foot. Seldom is weight distributed evenly over the whole sole.

*Clinical studies available upon request.

Compare The Difference


The purpose of any shock absorbing insole is to cushion the body column from the impact of heel strike.

Here's How It Works:

The energy force caused by heel strike is absorbed by the insole material. As the heel lifts off, the insole material rebounds, releasing the stored energy before it can travel through the body column. As you will see, insole materials are not the same in structure or performance!

Heel Strike On Common Foam Cushion Insole

Heel strike completely compresses the foam insole. Permanent compression and loss of rebound capability begins to take place in the first few days of wear. They completely compress, or bottom out, in just a few weeks.

Perspiration, heat and friction cause the foam insoles to break down and crumble, further diminishing their effectiveness.

Heel Strike On Relievers Insole

Heel strike is displaced laterally, spreading the energy force evenly over the insole surface providing maximum energy dissipation and storage capabilities. By nature of their material, Viscolas® insoles resist permanent compression and retain their total effectiveness for up to 12 months.

Viscolas® is not affected by perspiration, heat or friction (sole sheer).