FAQs

Need more information about BioPods®? Get answers to your questions about why BioPods are different, how they work, how to choose the right model, and the results you can expect.

About BioPods

What exactly is a Stimsole®?

BioPods® Stimsoles® offer a new direction in the treatment of foot-related pathologies that challenges traditional and conventional approaches. They go well beyond insoles and orthotics that are now available in the market by optimizing your innate body intelligence: the natural protective reflexes that keep our bodies safe.

Physically, Stimsoles are distiguished by their unique variable reflex Pods that are positoned in the center of flexible insole bodies. They are designed to be worn like regular insoles within a wide range of footwear.

How do BioPods® work?

The Pods in each pair of BioPods® Stimsoles® features a special design that makes it possible to create multiple and varied stimulation points across their surface. As your body shifts over the arches of your feet, the springy Pods stimulate—rather than support—your arches. As you use your BioPods, Pods retain their volume and springiness, while the bodies of the Stimsoles compact slightly around them, causing a gentle increase in stimulus intensity. Over time, this regular variable stimulus helps reflexes in your feet, legs, hips, and back adapt to healthier function.

What material is used to make a Pod?

The Pods in BioPods® Stimsoles® are made from our proprietary thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials that are extremely springy and durable.

What does BioPods® Variable Reflex Technology™ do?

The regular variable stimulus delivered by the Pods is made possible by our proprietary Variable Reflex Technology (VRT). The honeycomb design provides numerous points of contact that continually change as the feet move. This is a comfortable and unique way to restore direct stimulation to the arch areas of the feet within the otherwise dampened and restrictive footwear environment.

What makes BioPods® Stimsoles® different from conventional insoles?

Traditional insoles and orthotics simply cushion and support your feet—treating the symptoms, not the cause of pain. More than that, they often create a dependence on that artificial support. BioPods® provide the right kind of stimulus to actually change your reflexes and retrain your body mechanics until they adapt to healthy functioning.

Stimsoles provide a flexible neutral platform for the feet to minimise adding an additional dampening and supporting layer to the in-shoe environment. Easily trimmable to 3/4 length, they perform best in loosely laced, similarly flexible shoes that impose munimal restriction on foot movement.

Choosing the BioPods® For You

Which BioPods® Stimsole® model is right for me?

There’s a BioPods® Stimsole® model that’s ideal for any lifestyle. Each Stimsole model provides one of three different stimulus intensity Pods (soft, moderate, more intense) to suit your foot type and the activity or sport for which you’ll use it.

All Purpose Stimsoles are ideal for everyday use, if you are light on your feet, and especially if you stand for long periods and/or wear tight-fitting shoes.

Performance Stimsoles are designed for heavier wear, for loose-fitting shoes, and for activities such as walking or running for fitness and performance.

What size BioPods® should I buy?

BioPods® Stimsoles® are available in size “ranges” that encompass half a size per size range. (For example, one size range is US men’s 10-10.5 and the next size up is men’s 11-11.5.) For the best fit, choose your shoe size. However, if you are between sizes (10.5 – 11, for example), we recommend that you choose the smaller of the two sizes.

For the full range of sizes, visit the Shop BioPods page.

Does my lifestyle make a difference?

Even though the BioPods® design is based on principles used by sports medicine, you are sure to find a BioPods model that is ideal for the way you live.

All Purpose Model Stimsoles® are ideal for dress shoes and boots since they are marginally thinner than the Performance Model. All BioPods Stimsoles feature trim lines on their undersides to enable you to easily convert then to 3/4 length for any shoes that do not feature removable insoles. Simply tuck the 3/4 length version back against the heel pocket of your footwear and slip you foot in over it. In most cases, your body’s weight will keep the 3/4 length insoles in place but if your shoes feature an exceptionally slippery surface, we recommend using velcro tabs to secure them.

Performance Model Stimsoles® are ideal for heavier and more active applications in looser fitting shoes. They feature reinforcement pads at the heel and forefoot areas for added durability in demanding activities. They can also be easily trimmed to 3/4 length for footwear that does not feature removable generic insoles.

TIP: Save the toe pieces so you can place them in a shoe that has a removable insole. When you place the 3/4 length insoles in behind them, you once again have a full length Stimsole!

Results You Can Expect

How long does it take for BioPods to work?

The good news is that virtually everyone can regain healthy protective reflex function, often much more quickly than you’d expect. BioPods work like an exercise program in your shoes, delivering a springy, varied stimulus directly to your arches that revitalizes protective reflex function throughout your feet, legs hips, and back, which continually adapt over time and become more optimally aligned, stronger and more flexible.

As with any muscle training, you’ll experience a phase of soft tissue adjustment that may continue for 6-8 weeks, as your protective reflexes retrain to work more efficiently and your musculoskeletal system realigns. During this period, it is normal to experience intermittent twinges or tightness in some areas and, if there is any scar tissue or fibrosis, you may experience some soreness. If soreness persists, seek advice from a healthcare professional.

What are some of the conditions that can be improved by BioPods?

By retraining your protective reflexes, BioPods help your body adapt to healthier function and relieve the painful symptoms of many conditions—from Achilles tendonitis to shin splints. For details about the many conditions that can be improved by BioPods, visit the Where Does It Hurt? section of the BioPods website.

The Science Of BioPods

What causes most foot-related problems?

Nearly all conventional footwear actually interferes with healthy natural foot function to some degree—especially shoes that hamper your ability to raise your toes or shoes that are designed to provide extra support and cushioning. Over time, your feet don’t adjust in a healthy way to these conditions. This maladaptation is the cause of most foot-related problems.

Why does extra support and cushioning cause problems?

Most of us have been led to believe that our feet should be supported and cushioned to prevent problems. In reality, long periods of artificial support and lack of stimulation actually cause maladaptation, reduce strength and flexibility, increase stiffness and pain, and lead to dependence on that extra support and cushioning.

BioPods are not designed to provide artificial support, cushion, and control. Instead, they are designed to be used in shoes that are loosely laced to allow room for your feet to flex adequately. The variable stimulus that you experience under your arches continually engage and optimize your body’s protective reflexes in your feet, legs, hips, and back when you’re walking, running, or during any other weight-bearing movement.

How do our protective reflexes help prevent stress and strain on our feet, legs, and hips?

Proprioception is our ability to sense stimuli inside our body that help our awareness of our body’s position in our environment. Our protective reflexes—the unconscious activations of our neuromuscular system that are triggered by stimuli that are perceived as threats to our bodies—involve proprioception. They play an important role any time we walk, run or engage in any strenuous activity. When a foot is on the ground, these reflexes use sensory information about the terrain to trigger “protective” muscle activations through the other foot, leg and hip in anticipation of the contact of the other foot with the ground. This is repeated, step after step.

BioPods are designed to encourage healthy protective reflex function and work in harmony with the natural dynamic movement of the feet. With the regular, variable stimulus they provide, they challenge our body’s natural protective reflex mechanisms and causes them to adapt toward healthier function. Even though the stimulus is under the soles of your feet, it affects and improves proprioceptive and reflex function up through your feet, legs, hips, and back.