Foot Levelers

Leading Provider of Custom Orthotics

What is the difference between pronation and supination?

Supination severity diagram
Diagram showing difference between supination and pronation.
Illustration: © 2014 Dennis Homack, DC, MS, CCSP

It is extremely rare for someone’s feet and their stride to be perfectly balanced and equally weighted. Some people have feet that visibly turn inward or outward, while others have a subtler inner or outer weight distribution.

It’s hard to see, unless you look at the bottom of your shoes or have your feet scanned with the Foot Levelers Kiosk or other Foot Levelers scanning technology. (Click here to find a provider near you.)

Pronation and Supination

When bodyweight is placed on the outside of the foot while walking or running, it is known as supination. When the weight is placed more on the inside of the foot, it’s referred to as pronation. An easy way to differentiate and remember the difference is that supination has “up” in the word. In a proper stride, the foot should move from heel to toe with a person’s bodyweight evenly distributed on their feet, giving them neutral pronation. read more

How to Ease Pain Caused by Flat Feet and Arthritis

Many people think they are born with flat feet and that some people are simply, flat-footed. While it’s true that some people are flat-footed for most of their life, over time we all become more and more flat-footed since our arches collapse as we age. It’s possible that someone with flat feet feels no pain. However, if your arches collapse over time, causing your feet to become flatter, you will likely experience pain and discomfort.

Arthritis is another contributing factor to foot pain (as well as pain in other joints throughout the body), and flat feet and arthritis are often co-occurring issues. What many people do not realize when they are experiencing pain is that the source of their pain could be their feet, even if they’re having knee, hip, or neck pain. So, let’s discuss how custom orthotics are one of the best ways to ease pain caused by flat feet and/or arthritis. read more

Why Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics are the Best

The best custom orthotic

When you’re seeking out the best orthotics, whether you’re a healthcare provider looking for a reliable orthotics supplier, or a patient looking for pain relief, Foot Levelers is your best option. Let’s explore some of those reasons.

Results

Our patented orthotics get results. Noticeable, long-lasting results.

Foot Levelers is a family-owned company that was born in 1952 when Dr. Monte H. Greenawalt invented Stabilizing Orthotics (that’s the technical name of our orthotics, more on that later). read more

Using Social Media to Grow and Sustain Your Practice

Social Media InfluenceMore than half of the entire world population is a Facebook user today, according to HootSuite. Facebook and its sister company Instagram are two of the leading social media platforms that can provide endless potential (and revenue) for business owners including chiropractors. These two networks are now our first stop for news, entertainment, communication, and purchasing. It’s no wonder that being an influencer is now a full-time career that can amass more than six figures a year. But as a chiropractor, you also have a major influence and strategically leveraging that on social media can help maintain and grow your practice. Here are some tips to help you. read more

3 Causes of Knee Pain and How to Get Relief

3 Causes of knee painAccording to WebMD,

Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint that brings people to their doctor.

The knee, in addition to bending and straightening hundreds of times each day, carries all of the weight of our body along with our hips and ankles. The knee is also distinctly different from other joints of the body because it also twists and rotates, making it even more susceptible to injury and discomfort. Additionally, the knee is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and cartilage, so there are a lot of different areas that can be injured and irritated. read more

Parkers Seminars Dallas Homecoming 2019

Parker Seminars Dallas 2019

MASTERY: Art. Science. Philosophy. October 4-6

It’s the year of MASTERY and we want you to join us October 4-6 for a weekend of education, networking, fun, entertainment, and so much more.

*Three office personnel. ($99 each additional DC, $79 each additional Certified Healthcare Professional or Office Staff, up to a total of 10 registrations. Call for pricing for groups more than 10.)

Speakers

  • Richard Brown DC, LL.M, FRCC, FBCA, FEAC, FAECC
  • Mark N. Charrette, DC
  • Randall Chestnutt
  • Courtney Conley, DC
  • Norman Doidge, MD
  • Angela Duell, MS, OTR/L
  • Phyllis Frase-Charrette
  • Brenda Frederiksen
  • Gregg Friedman, DC
  • Courtney Gowin, DC
  • David Graber, DC
  • Nichelle Gurule, DC
  • Mark L. Hanson, DC
  • Nathan Hinkeldey, DC
  • Randall B. Johns, DC
  • Major Erik Johnson
  • Mark A. King, DC
  • Josh Kollmann, DC
  • Jeff Langmaid, DC
  • Ed Le Cara, DC
  • Craig Liebenson, DC
  • Noel Lloyd, DC
  • Greg May, LMT
  • Molly McNown, OTR, CKTP, CPC
  • Joseph Mercola, DO
  • Yvette Noel, CPCO
  • Andrew A. Oteo, DC
  • Cindy Parks
  • Anne Prinz
  • Camille Reagan, DACBSP, CCEP
  • John Rosa, DC
  • Josh Satterlee, DC
  • David Seaman, DC
  • Dennis Short, DC
  • Billy Sticker
  • Kristina Stitcher, DC
  • Irum Tahir, DC
  • Shawn Thistle, DC
  • Troy C. Van Biezen DC
  • Rob Vasquez, DC
  • Ruth Werner, BCTMB
  • Brett Winchester, DC
  • Chad Woolner, DC
  • read more

    How Chiropractic Adjustments and Other​ Treatments Can Help the Opioid Epidemic

    Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pain relief and pain management

    Opioid alternative through chiropractic adjustments and treatments

    Currently, more than 2 million Americans are dependent on opioids. For many people, their addiction stems from seeking pain management for an injury or chronic condition, such as back or knee pain. The opioid crisis has become a national emergency causing overdose remedies to be sold over-the-counter for greater availability. Although some opioid abusers turn to hard drugs like heroin, many people develop dangerous addictions to prescription drugs originally provided to them by doctors they trust for treatment. However, opioids are not the only option for treatment and seeking chiropractic care provide patients with pain relief, but also aids in reducing the negative effects of the opioid epidemic on American society. read more

    Foot Levelers Sponsors 2019 Student ACA Leadership Conference

    Foot Levelers is proud to the be the official Awards Dinner sponsor for the 2019 Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) Leadership Conference. From September 6-8, 2019, SACA leaders from across the country will convene at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois for the this prestigious event. The program is designed to inspire and educate chiropractic student leaders, so attendees will gain vital tools to become successful and effective leaders in their profession and communities. read more

    Have Low Back Pain? Look to Custom Orthotics First

    Whole Body Health with Custom Orthotics

    At least 80% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime, and more than 3 million reported cases of lower back pain occur each year. Lower back pain is also one of the biggest reasons why people miss work due to the intensity and sometimes sudden onset of discomfort and pain. However, there is a solution that doesn’t include endless trips to the doctor, arguing with insurance agents, prescription medications, and inconvenient physical therapy appointments.

    Understanding Low Back Pain read more

    Kevin Durant Achilles Tendon Rupture Most Likely Caused by Calf Injury

    Kevin Durant Achilles Injury

    In case you hadn’t heard, the world’s best basketball player, Kevin Durant, recently went down with an Achilles injury. It’s looking like (as we write this) it’s a ruptured Achilles tendon. That’s a devesting injury for anyone, let alone a world-class athlete.

    Durant had been dealing with a calf injury, on the same leg, for a few weeks before this Achilles injury. He missed several games because of the calf injury and was in his first game back in action.

    In a press conference after the game, the President of the Warriors, Bob Myers commented, “The initial injury was a calf injury. This is not a calf injury,” Myers said. “I’m not a doctor, I don’t know how those are related or not, but it’s a different injury.” read more

    Blue Ridge Marathon Contributes $5 Million to Economy Over 10 Years

    Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, and Anthem Star 10K generated a record $835,618 in economic impact in 2019 and contributed $15,750 to nonprofits.

    ROANOKE, Va. (May 28, 2019) — Ten years. Five million dollars. That’s the contribution of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon as more racers brought more money to the Roanoke Region’s economy. 

    More than 3,050 runners registered for Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, double marathon, half marathon, relay, Anthem Star 10K, and Carilion Family 1-Miler as well as the new Sunday Slow-K. The event generated a record single-year total of $835,618 in economic impact according to an analysis by the Roanoke Regional Partnership. read more

    5 Reasons Orthotics Help Your Entire Body

    Whole body health

    Our body is an interdependent system and when one part is not functioning properly, it can negatively impact other parts leading to over or diminished use. Physicals exist because it is necessary to be examined from head to toe, literally, down to each and every toe, and specialists alone cannot effectively treat our entire body. Chiropractic medicine takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to the body to help ensure and optimize functioning so that we can live our daily lives more easily.

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    5 Terrible Things People Do to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

    5 Terrible Things People Do to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue in your foot and nearly 2 million Americans suffer from the discomfort of plantar fasciitis. Although many people think that plantar fasciitis affects only the heel of the foot, it can actually affect any part of the bottom of your foot since all of that tissue is at risk for inflammation. Early morning foot pain and/or stiffness is typically a good indication that you’re experiencing plantar fasciitis, as is pain or discomfort after spending long periods of time on your feet.  read more

    How Chiropractors Can Fix Plantar Fasciitis

    Chiropractor helping plantar fasciitis

    With nearly 2 million American’s dealing with plantar fasciitis, it’s a very common problem that requires attention. Sadly, though, many people ignore their symptoms and discomfort until it becomes debilitating or until they have more time to get treatment. But, treating and alleviating plantar fasciitis can be as simple as seeing a Chiropractor and you can even take steps (no pun intended) to help prevent it from returning.

    The feet are the foundation of the body. Problems with your feet are akin to having a sinking or cracking foundation in your home. It’s a chain reaction that influences how the rest of the body operates, but discomfort can also cloud your mind and negatively impact your mood and productivity, too. So how can you tell whether you have plantar fasciitis? read more

    3 Bad Things Over-The-Counter Insoles Do to Your Body

    3 bad things about over the counter insoles

    Over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic insoles are foot supports made from various materials including foam, leather, and plastic. OTC insoles are designed to go inside your shoe and provide some type of relief. OTC insoles are popularized by clever branding and packaging techniques and can be bought at local pharmacies and grocery stores. Some are marketed as providing additional comfort. Others promise to relieve pain from common conditions like bunions, plantar fasciitis, and arch support issues. Additionally, you can buy OTC insoles for a variety of shoes like high heels, athletic shoes, and boots, so as to seemingly work with every consumer’s lifestyle. read more

    Understanding What Makes Up the Best Pillow

    best pillow for sleeping
    The best pillow for sleeping is one that’s both comfortable and supportive.

    Empirical Usage

    People with chronic and/or acute neck pain are often overwhelmed with web pages, ads, emails, etc. about what is the best pillow for them. Most bedding stores have a line of pillows they tout as the best pillow to buy for neck pain.  Is there any scientific support for the claims made for better sleep, lowered neck pain, and headache relief? Which of the many different designs of support pillow is most likely to be helpful for most people?  Are there any risks or problems associated with the use of cervical pillows?  read more

    Everything You Need to Know About Plantar Fasciitis, Including Whether or Not You Have It

    Nearly 2 million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis.

    Heel and foot pain, spurs, tight tendons, and stiffness could be signs that you had a long day, you wore the wrong shoes, or that you have a common condition known as plantar fasciitis, along with nearly 2 million other Americans. For many of us living busy lives, we often brush off our own health unless or until we experience excruciating pain or some form of debilitation. But, foot pain, even a mild amount, is nothing to put on your to-do list for when you have time. The feet are the foundation of the body and when your feet aren’t operating at 100%, neither are you. Identifying, diagnosing, and treating plantar fasciitis can be fast and easy, leading you to have more comfort as you handle everything else in your life. read more

    Custom Orthotics Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show

    Foot Levelers Custom Orthotic featured on “The Doctors” TV Show

    Whose custom orthotics are under that tape?

    So, our custom orthotics got some national exposure last week, but because of pesky little sponsorship restrictions, you wouldn’t have known it!

    There was a segment on the syndicated TV show The Doctors about relieving back pain — which products work, and which don’t.

    What’s best for your shoes, insoles or custom orthotics?

    The guest on the segment was Dr. Fab Mancini, a huge advocate of Chiropractic. He used to be the President of Parker University (Chiropractic college) and has appeared on Dr. Phil, ABC, CNN, FOX, and many other national platforms getting the word out about all the benefits Chiropractic offers. read more

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