How and Why the Cluffy Lux Step Insole was Invented.

Dr. James Clough, Foot and Ankle Surgeon and inventor of the Cluffy Lux Step Insole explains why he created an insole that helps people suffering with foot pain, get pain relief.

About Dr. James Clough

Dr. Clough learned foot biomechanics at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco.  He attended this school to learn foot biomechanics from some of the best leaders in foot biomechanical theory, Dr. Root Weed, Dr. Ron Valmassy and others. It was not long into his 36-year career when he realized that most of what he had learned about foot biomechanics had failed to produce the expected results in his patients. The custom orthotics he made and prescribed were just not as reliable as he expected, and the over-the-counter products were just not that effective. He was looking for a better answer to the question of how to help my patients more consistently with conservative treatments.

As he continued to learn more about the foot, he developed a fascination with the big toe (first ray). He learned as much as he could about the big toe, believing this held the key to the improvements in foot function that he was seeking. After reviewing older research from the 1940s and ’50s, he was able to appreciate that the first ray was holding the most promise for a better understanding of how to treat the foot. This was a departure from the biomechanical theories that he learned in school and required a different approach to the foot. He discovered that simply lifting the big toe held the most promise for unlocking the normal function of the foot.  He tested his theory in practice and low and behold, it worked quite often, even in difficult situations! This was the only thing that took his wife’s foot pain away, and he had tried everything for her. This was more than 20 years ago and it has changed everything in his practice and life since then. 

This led to the development of the Cluffy Wedge in 2002.  This has helped a lot of people with their foot pain when other therapies have failed. Patients then requested Dr. Clough design an insole too with the Cluffy Wedge – which led to his next product.  It took years of conceptualizing, but in 2019 we brought out our proprietary insole – the Lux Step.  This is now our premier product and effective in helping many that cannot find benefits with anything else.

The reason why we have our business is because we feel we can help many people with their foot pain, at a reasonable cost.  Because of the testimonials we receive, it motivates us to continue to do what we do and push forward.  We sincerely hope you are one of our success stories and that you will spread the word to your family and friends. It gives us all satisfaction to bring our unique solutions to you at an affordable price for a real solution to your foot pain, by addressing and fixing the root cause of many foot pains.