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Viscolas Makes All the Difference



Viscolas is a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of shock-damping and anti-vibration products sold to professionals and consumers looking for top quality and reliability.

Viscolas, a Division of Impacto Protective Products Inc.
Corporate Headquarters:
PO Box 524, Belleville, ON K8N 5B2 Canada

What Are Viscolas Anti Vibration Products and Shock Damping Products?

Viscolas is a specially formulated visco-elastic polymer that acts like the fatty pads on the bottom of the foot to reduce shock. Viscolas effectively dissipates the skeletal shock and reverberations that occur with each step while equalizing underfoot pressures. Using Viscolas shock damping products and anti vibration products can reduce the symptoms of heel strike injuries such as tendonitis and shin splints, and provide effective soft tissue cushioning.

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.

Skeletal shock (when the buffer between foot and ground is minimized) can occur when the ground surface is hard and the shock absorbing capacity is lost. Skeletal shock is produced by simple everyday walking on hard surfaces and is one of the major contributing causes of the common backache among workers.

Viscolas is the only custom polymer expressly formulated for orthopaedic application. Viscolas products have been proven to speed post operative recovery of the foot, leg, and lower back. Viscolas can reduce symptoms of heel strike injuries such as tendonitis and shin splints. Viscolas provides effective soft tissue cushioning under the feet to aid in pain caused from skeletal shock.

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. Viscolas products are also the most chosen for personal use by the staffs of orthopaedic facilities.

Insoles and components are self-adhesive, so the insoles stay in place in the shoe and the components stay where you put them. After diagnosing the condition, simply select the components you need, press them onto the insole and place in the shoe. Components can be repositioned as often as you like during fitting and adjusted to meet changing needs during treatment.

Every component of the Viscolas system is designed to deliver long-lasting benefits. Superior compression resistance allows Viscolas to retain its total effectiveness for up to 12 months. Nonirritating Viscolas is resistant to fungal and bacterial growth and can easily be cleaned with soap and water. And the natural tackiness of components can be increased with an application of alcohol or decreased with a dusting of talcum powder.

All Viscolas products are:

  • Made in U.S.A.
  • USDA Accepted
  • Hypoallergenic, Safe for direct skin contact
  • Documented by Independent, Clinical tests

Here's How It Works

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

Recent Viscolas News

Below is an article reprinted from the Associated Press about the effectiveness of foot insole products.

$10 Foot Pads Stomp Heel Pain

By Malcolm Ritter
Science Writer
The Associated Press

NEW YORK- For millions of Americans who want relief from heel pain, over-the-counter pads that sell for $10 or so work better than custom-made shoe inserts that cost hundreds of dollars, a study found.

Heel pain is the most common reason people go to a foot doctor, and many doctors start treatment with the custom-made device. But the new work suggests that most sufferers may not have to see a doctor at all.

Starting treatment with over-the-counter pads could save more than $200 million a year in health care costs, said study director Dr. Glen Pfeffer, head of the San Francisco Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center.

The results were described recently by Dr. Carol Frey, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California and a study co-author, at a presentation sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The study was financed by companies that make the three over-the-counter pads used in the study by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.

The researchers emphasized that the study dealt only with pain relief gained during the first eight weeks of a treatment that can take a year. Longer studies will be needed to see if the results hold up, they said.

The study focused on plantar fasciitis, the major cause of heel pain. It causes a dull or stabbing pain similar to walking with a stone under the heel.

Pfeffer said perhaps 2 million or so cases get treated every year in the United States, while several million others with the disorder don't go to a doctor.

After eight weeks:

  • 72 percent of patients who just did the exercises reported at least some pain relief.
  • those who also used the custom-made inserts did no better.
  • 95 percent of silicone pad users, 88 percent of those using the heel cup and 81 percent of patients using the felt arch support said they had gotten at least some relief.

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