Foot Levelers

Leading Provider of Custom Orthotics

How To Make Your Chiropractic Adjustments Hold Better

Chiropractic adjustments hold better

As a chiropractor, your primary goal is to help minimize and eliminate the pain and discomfort your patients experience daily. According to one clinical trial, 94% of chiropractic recipients experienced a 30% reduction in pain, compared with only a 54% reduction from medical care recipients.1

This is why many patients are now turning to chiropractors as their first line of defense when treating back, neck, and shoulder pain as opposed to opioids and surgeries. The national opioid dispensing rate has significantly declined in the last ten years. In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control reported 251,088,904 prescriptions were dispensed in the United States. In 2020, it was reported a total of 142,816,781 opioids had been prescribed.2 read more

I Didn’t Know Chiropractic Could Treat That!

The longer we field chiropractors are in practice, the more we observe how patients do not understand the breadth of the areas of the body and health conditions that we can treat. Many folks have never grown up with chiropractic so they did not have the benefit of getting adjusted in their younger lives. Others in various stages of adult life who are struggling with pain wonder if they should finally give chiropractic a try.

Depending on the medical professionals they consult or they people they get advice from, potential patients don’t often understand how chiropractic actually works. This lack of knowledge will not give someone the confidence to schedule that first appointment. Often, it’s one of our patients who has experienced the help we are providing them who reaches out to a friend or relative to encourage them to give chiropractic a try. read more

Getting the most out of your Scanning Technology

3D Foot Scanner

Since introducing the world’s first Chiropractic foot scanner, the FAS Scan (or Foot Analysis ystem) in 2001, Foot Levelers has endeavored to push the technology forward.  The 3-D Kiosk we have come to know more recently was originally introduced in 2017. The current version of the scanner is the product of multiple versions where each one has been an improvement upon its predecessor. The Kiosk is truly state-of-the-art.

I made the switch from foam casting to scanning after the FAS Scan was introduced in 2001. I have had the opportunity to use each of the following iterations of the scanner as they have been released. As an early adopter of scanning technology through the 21 years of its existence, I have enjoyed watching it become an extremely powerful patient education tool. I have also been impressed to see how the ease of use and functionality has improved. read more

Doctor Tip Sheet – Pain Management without Prescription Drugs Using Custom Flexible Orthotics

Often, patients and their doctors will address pain by masking it with the use of prescription drugs. While these drugs can be used to manage pain, they do not locate and treat the source of the pain. In other words, they are simply covering up the issue, not healing it. Additionally, such drugs can be addictive and dangerous, leading to worse outcomes than the original pain. When discussing pain—both directly related to the feet (like plantar fasciitis) and because of imbalances—it is important to convey the advantages of treating pain via custom orthotics rather than masking it with prescription drugs. read more

FIR+ Technology in Custom Orthotics

As breakthroughs are made in science and medical technologies, the onus falls on the innovators to translate those breakthroughs into practical products that can benefit patients.

Fresh, new ideas are the backbone of effective treatments, and today’s cutting-edge idea could very well be tomorrow’s dominant technology. All it takes is an understanding of the research, a little creativity, and the willingness to take a leap of faith toward a promising concept.

This is exactly the case with Foot Levelers’ new InMotion+ custom orthotics. They incorporate numerous proven features to provide patients with the foundation they need to live their fullest, most active lives possible, and they complement those reputable attributes with new, extremely promising technologies. read more

Doctor Tip Sheet – What to Cover When Talking to Student Athletes

Doctor tips for student athletes

Student athlete visits can go beyond checking the boxes on a sports physical form–this is the perfect time to ask the right questions to ensure you’re offering comprehensive care that can benefit them in every area of their life. To make sure every session is as productive as possible, we’ve compiled a tip sheet you can use when talking to student athletes.

Student Athlete Checklist and Conversations

  • Talk about the why behind the check-up.
    • It’s one thing to ensure the student athlete has an up-to-date physical and that they are in good health–it’s another to break down the necessity of the check-up. Why? This can empower them to understand the need for ongoing care for better overall health.
    • If they need a physical exam, talk about the importance of the exam and what they can expect.
    • Discuss the different sports they play and how this affects their ongoing care.
    Ask about previous injuries, the effects, and their road to recovery.
    • This can help you determine what—if any—precautions or assistance a student athlete may need to play at their highest level.
    • A conversation about injuries can also unearth lingering issues, both physical and mental, a student athlete may be experiencing.
    Evaluate injury risk based upon health history and the sport in question.
    • Use this to segue into a conversation about injury prevention and staying healthy in and off-season.
    • Specific injury prevention techniques may be useful here, including proper conditioning and rest.
    • Emphasize the importance of listening to their bodies and prioritizing longevity over “powering through.”
    Ask about the student athlete’s physical aspirations.
    • What do they hope to achieve in their sport and in their life?
    • This can open the door to a conversation about optimizing their athletic performance.
    • Discuss setting realistic goals, finding a balance between intense training and sustainability, and caring for their bodies long-term.
    Explore what happens in the event of an injury.
    • This subject creates an opportunity to discuss the value of establishing and maintaining relationships with healthcare providers.
    • You can also emphasize the confidence that accompanies a healthy dynamic between a student athlete and their healthcare provider. In the case of injury, having trust that their treatment and recovery will be exceptional is essential.
    Introduce the concept of a multidisciplinary approach.
    • One area of their life affects the others, and vice versa.
    • For example, their daily posture will influence optimal movement and healthy weight bearing.

    Creating Better Student Athletes as a Healthcare Provider

    One thing that’s crucial to talk to patients–especially student athletes–is injury prevention. When talking to patients, try offering a more holistic view of how injury prevention won’t just benefit them now but in the long run, too. In other words, discussing longevity (for their sport and for their health) is key. Offer helpful conversation starters like: read more

Orthotic Insoles Guide

Orthotic insoles offer essential support and pain relief for individuals suffering from foot and ankle conditions. But with so many types of insoles available, choosing the best ones for you can be tricky. Read on to learn more about what the right custom orthotics can do for you.

What Are Orthotic Insoles and What Do They Do?

Foot orthotics are also sometimes called “arch supports” or simply “orthotics.” They can be made of different materials and vary in quality. However, their purpose remains the same: orthotic insoles are designed to support your feet and ankles so that you can stay active without experiencing pain and discomfort. Orthotics guide your foot in maintaining natural and healthy motion and can prevent over-pronation or over-supination. read more

Foot Levelers Celebrates 70th Anniversary: Foundation of Innovation Heralds More Ground-Breaking Custom Orthotic Advancements to Come

70 Years of Innovation

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Foot Levelers is delighted to celebrate our 70th anniversary. This is a great opportunity to take a look back at what we’ve accomplished and look to what’s ahead. Foot Levelers is recognized as a pioneer in innovation, developing a number of “firsts” in global health, including the first truly custom orthotic, first casting in foam methodology and first 3-D scanner. Our hand-crafted custom orthotics have always been the only ones that support all three arches of the foot to stabilize the entire body for optimal overall health and are backed by proven science. read more

Foot Levelers Launches InMotion+™ Custom Orthotic: Greater Shock Absorption, Increased Propulsion and Temperature-Regulation than the Original InMotion®

Foot Levelers is pleased to introduce our most advanced custom orthotic yet! In honor of our 70th anniversary, we’ve taken our most prescribed custom orthotic, InMotion, and added advanced materials and features to create InMotion+.

InMotion+ is a meticulously crafted and rigorously tested orthotic that incorporates premium cushioning, stability and comfort features offered in our other top performing orthotics, while maintaining the core elements users expect from Foot Levelers: durability, temperature regulation and odor control. read more

Shock Absorption, Propulsion, and the Effect on the Body

Everything within the body is interconnected. If each system is functioning properly, you will likely thrive. If something is out of balance, other systems can suffer. Misalignment in the hips, for example, can cause debilitating back pain.

This relationship between all the areas of the body is exceptionally clear when it comes to the feet and how they can affect every step in the Kinetic Chain. As the foundation on which the rest of the body builds, healthy feet are essential to optimal function. As a doctor, you understand this relationship and the profound influence it can have on the success of adjustments and overall care. read more

Leg Length Discrepancy: the Long and the Short of It

In daily clinical practice, we can utilize leg length checks on just about every patient presenting with lower extremity, spinal and upper extremity complaints. In our Foot Levelers community, we understand the role the feet play in many ailments that patients present with, and we know that foot function has a powerful influence on the entire body. The exposure that we have had with leg length discrepancy (LLD) beginning in chiropractic college and then expanding out into the seminars and classes we have taken during our years of practice offers solid support for how important LLD is in everyday patient care. read more

Addressing Functional Scoliosis Through Foot Stabilization

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. So, in the spirit of education, detection, and fostering more awareness of scoliosis, let’s understand how chiropractic plays such an important role in this condition. Recall that the classic “structural scoliosis” is a sideways, abnormal curvature of the spine that can range from being hardly noticeable to so severe it affects people’s posture and height. The appearance of scoliosis is generally in 3 forms:

  1. The spine could curve to the side as a single curve to the left (levoscoliosis)
  2. The spine could curve to the side as a single curve to the right (dextroscoliosis)
  3. The spine could involve two curves (shaped like the letter S).

Structural scoliosis causes can be from certain neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, birth defects affecting the development of the bones of the spine; injuries to or infections of the spine; or spinal cord abnormalities. read more

The Foot Levelers Kiosk -Making Practice Easier While Improving the Bottom Line

As chiropractors, many of you have embraced the latest state-of-the-art technologies in your practice that may include EHR software, cold lasers, massage guns, adjusting instruments, etc. There seems to always be some new gadget or gimmick out there that tries to hit us emotionally to make us purchase it. It’s crucial to know if a new piece of technology will be helpful and boost the success of our practice.

When Foot Levelers introduced the world’s first chiropractic foot scanner back in 2001, I was excited to learn about it and adopt it. Personally, I always gravitate towards new technology because it leads us into the future and keeps us on the cutting edge of knowledge. That original FAS SCAN was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the digital scanning technology that would follow in the years to come. Foot Levelers introduced the 3D Kiosk in 2017 and they have continued to enhance it. read more

Orthotics vs. Inserts: What Is the Difference?

Orthotics for shoes and inserts should not be confused with one another, as there are some crucial differences. Unlike inserts, Foot Levelers orthotics are custom-made for your body and feet, based on scans and doctor exams. Orthotics can manage foot disorders and posture problems, and they generally last much longer-lasting than insoles.

Over-the-counter insoles are available in stores and pharmacies. They are made from gel, foam, and other materials, and these insoles can provide good shock absorption and cushion. However, inserts cannot treat or prevent foot disorders, such as over-pronation or alignment issues. Moreover, since inserts are not custom-made for your specific feet, wearing them could cause pain and discomfort over time. read more

Your Home Does Not Protect You From Overpronating

The importance of custom stabilization inside and out

It is a privilege helping patients understand the role the feet play in overall body stability. On a daily basis, we have opportunities to explain to patients about the presence of the three arches of the foot, the existence of excessive foot pronation and the subsequent effects on the axial kinetic chain of the body. We see patients’ eyes light up when they finally understand that their feet (which often are not hurting them) are a root cause or contributory factor to so many aches and pains people seek treatment for. read more

Laying the Foundation for a Healthy Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy – A Conversation with Caitlin Haley Corona, DC

Dr. Caitlin Haley Corona became especially interested in addressing the unique Chiropractic benefits of pregnancy in 2019, when she was expecting herself. Now a mother of two, she has continued her education in pregnancy and pediatrics and is certified in the Webster Technique.

As a busy doctor at Bledsoe Chiropractic in Conway, AR, Dr. Corona treats women throughout all stages of pregnancy. In this blog, she shares her insights about the importance of Chiropractic care during pregnancy and after baby’s arrival.  read more

Four Steps to Success in Teaching Patients the Foot-Spine Connection

Crooked Man body stresses

It’s a marvel how little patients understand about the bodies they inhabit. In the healthcare arena, pain and discomfort are big factors for going to the typical medical doctor. Most patients have been trained to seek this type of healthcare practitioner from their early days of going to the pediatrician and then to their adult GP. It comes as no surprise to us that patients become frustrated when they are told to take medication, give it 4-6 weeks of rest, or get referred for therapy and exercises that don’t work as well as the patient hopes. They feel like they are spinning their wheels. read more

All Orthotics are NOT Created Equal

Custom Orthotics vs. Generic Insoles

By Kevin Wong

One of the biggest challenges I have found over the last 25 years with being an extremity-based doctor is the general lack of public knowledge regarding the feet and how they affect the rest of the body. Starting from a very young age, we are not properly taught about our anatomy and how different body parts work with and affect each other. This comes into play when incorporating the use of orthotics into patient care.

When patients need medical care, the majority of them will begin with allopathic medicine. This is because they believe that pain is the indicator of when to seek treatment.  It’s common to only treat the pain of conditions like plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis, rather than identifying and correcting the foot/arch dysfunction and biomechanical problems that are their underlying cause. Interestingly enough, many patients with faulty foot biomechanics live their lives without having any foot pain at all. However, in my experience I have seen that upwards of 87% of all human beings in a standing posture exhibit signs of flat or pronating feet that that can lead to pain and disfunction in the knees, hips, pelvis, neck, and spine. Even common conditions like shin splints and sprained ankles can stem from unhealthy foot function. read more

Plantar Fasciitis vs. the Heel Spur: How Are These Conditions Related?

Are you experiencing foot pain near a joint that worsens with movement? You could be suffering from tendinitis. Tendinitis (also spelled tendonitis) is inflammation or irritation of a tendon—the thick, fibrous cords that connect your muscles to your bones. The condition can cause dull, aching pain, tenderness, and mild swelling around a joint and can affect your ability to partake in certain activities.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the various types of tendinitis, what causes them, and, most importantly, how they can be treated so you can get back to doing all of the things you love. Let’s get started.

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