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Understanding What Makes Up the Best Pillow

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

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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

Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics Help World Champion Hopeful with Low Back Pain

Becci Holcomb is a strong woman. At age thirty, she has a retired USA Powerlifting deadlift record of 501 pounds and can squat 644 pounds. This is the equivalent of deadlifting a dumpster and squatting a large vending machine. In a sport dominated by males, Becci is stronger than many of the men.

Holcomb got her start in powerlifting while enrolled at Life University. She saw a flyer at school for the powerlifting club, and it got her interested. From there, a fellow student and powerlifter got her started. Becci quickly found out that she was a natural for which she credits to genetics and her upbringing.

Originally from the small town of Blanchester, Ohio, Holcomb comes from a family where she and her siblings are naturally tall and strong. Her father, Mike Holcomb, was an All-American wrestler and a member of the 1984 Olympic wrestling team. She grew up on a small family farm where carrying fifty-pound bags of feed was a regular chore. This helped her develop her physical strength even before she knew what powerlifting was, but it is Becci’s training and hard work that has gotten her to where she is today.

Becci trains 15 hours a week and works full-time as the Assistant Wellness Center Director at Life Wellness Center. For her, that means late nights and early mornings. She lifts five days a week and on Saturday’s commutes two hours, round trip, to train with her powerlifting coach. She also maintains a rigid diet, eating six small meals throughout the day. Holcomb is the first to admit that balancing work, training, and personal life takes a lot of discipline and commitment, but it has led to her success.

In her first competition, Holcomb placed second and qualified for nationals in her weight division. She broke and set new Georgia state records in squat, deadlift, and total. She would go on to win the USA Powerlifting Open Nationals three years later and qualified for the World Championships in Europe. Holcomb was ecstatic. She had placed second and third in both national and international competitions, but she had never won a national championship. 

 After returning home, Becci started to experience pain in her feet, hips, and back. Her joints were under a lot of stress. Becci sought out Dr. Joseph Haezebrouk and Dr. Paul Donaldson at Life University for advice and treatment. They recommended Foot Levelers custom orthotics which provide comfort for the feet, support for the whole body, and are clinically proven to help reduce pain. “The key to lifting, making the weight stick, and holding onto it is good stabilization and support from the ground up,” said Dr. Haezebrouk.

Holcomb’s feet were scanned and, upon reviewing the patient report of findings, the scan showed one arch was higher than the other with the left decreased in function. She was fitted with a pair of Foot Levelers custom orthotics and felt immediate relief. “I noticed a definite difference in my low back pain when wearing my custom orthotics. They are comfortable, and my feet, hips, and back don’t hurt,” said Becci.

“Having the proper support and alignment that Foot Levelers custom orthotics provide helps with the downward compression from the weight when your feet are off balanced and holding too much weight,” Dr. Haezebrouk added. “With Foot Levelers custom orthotics, Becci’s stability and posture improved and so did her pain.  She used to take several minutes to get off the exam room table, and now she slides right off.”  

Holcomb wears her custom orthotics from the moment she wakes up in the morning to when she goes to bed at night, having multiple pairs of custom orthotics to fit her different types of shoes. During the day she tries to live an active lifestyle. “I do a lot of hiking and walking and am always sure to wear my Foot Levelers custom orthotics,” Becci said. She even squats and bench presses wearing her Foot Levelers custom orthotics. “During training and competition, my squats are much more even when wearing my Foot Levelers than they were before.”

Competing in powerlifting is one of the most exciting things Holcomb has ever done. She says it is an adrenaline rush to lift heavy weights in front of cheering crowds. When she first started powerlifting, she did not know she would love it so much. Powerlifting has changed her life.

The most noticeable change has been in her body composition as fat mass has been replaced with muscle. However, the most significant difference has been in how she sees herself. Powerlifting has helped Becci develop a level of self-confidence and respect for herself. When she started lifting, she hated just about everything about her body. “I was always bigger and did not fit the mold for the average person. I went through some hard times as everyone does, but powerlifting has helped me grow and appreciate who I am as a person,” said Holcomb.

In April, Becci finished second at the USA Powerlifting Open Nationals to secure a spot in the 2018 World Championship where she hopes to set a new world record. However, for Holcomb, powerlifting has become more than winning championships or setting records. It is about being a positive example to women, especially her younger sisters, and letting them know that true strength is not how much you can lift but about being able to love yourself and your body. “I have younger sisters. I want to be able to instill in them that you don’t have to look a certain way to be valued and appreciated,” said Holcomb. “I want them to know that they are capable of so much and can-do amazing things.”

FOOT LEVELERS ADDS NEW SHOETHOTICS TO GIVE PATIENTS MORE OPTIONS FOR FALL 2018!

Roanoke, VA, September 24, 2018 – Foot Levelers has added FIVE NEW Shoethotics® to their fall catalog making it easier for your patients to wear the shoe styles they like without sacrificing the pain relief, support, and comfort that comes with Foot Levelers custom orthotics. These NEW Shoethotics include shoes from Brooks, Merrell, and OluKai that your patients are sure to love.

Foot Levelers’ NEW Shoethotics include:

The Brooks® Ghost 11 – For Men and Women

 

The Brooks Ghost 11 running shoe is great for hardcore runners and active patients. The Brooks Ghost 11 has been improved with Brooks’ DNA Loft foam along with modifications to the upper and outsole. Paired with Foot Levelers custom orthotics, these Brooks provide a lightweight running shoe with the comfort and support your patient’s bodies need.

Merrell MOAB FST 2 WP – For Women

Give your patients the comfort on long hikes in this waterproof hiker that will help your patients traverse the most difficult trails and terrain with ease. M Select™ DRY impermeable membrane seals out water and lets moisture escape.  Combined with Foot Levelers custom orthotics, this hiker provides the comfort and flexible, intuitive support your patient’s bodies need to withstand those long hikes on the trail.

Merrell MOAB 2 WP – For Men

Help your patients gear up for a day on the trail with the Merrell® MOAB 2 Waterproof shoe. With durable leathers, the comfort and support of Foot Levelers custom orthotics, and Merrell’s Vibram traction, the MOAB (Mother-Of-All-Boots) is the perfect shoe for your patients who love the outdoors. The MOAB 2’s M Select™ DRY impermeable membrane seals out water and lets moisture escape which helps keep feet dry. 

OluKai Pehuea Hulu – For Women

A boot for all-day wear or cozy comfort on chilly evenings. This women’s boot comes with full-grain leather and genuine twin-faced shearling lining with a zipper for easy on and off. A soft, wool blend footbed cover has been added for maximum breathability, temperature regulation, and comfort. Paired with Foot Levelers custom orthotics, this boot for women provides the all-day cushioning, support, and comfort their body needs.

OluKai Pehuea Leather – For Women

This classy shoe comes in soft, unlined full-grain leather with a plush microfiber lining. With OluKai’s versatile Drop-In Heel™ for shoe or slide option, the Pehuea Leather is the perfect shoe that can dress any outfit up or down. A slip-on has never felt so comfortable or supportive when paired with Foot Levelers custom orthotics which help provide the comfort and support the body needs.

OluKai Nohea Slipper – For Women

The Nohea Slipper comes with OluKai’s patented Drop-In Heel® design that offers both a shoe and slide functionality and includes soft, premium nubuck leather, genuine sheepskin shearling lining and elastic gore panels for customized fit. Paired with Foot Levelers custom orthotics, the Nohea Slipper encapsulates style, comfort, and support for in the house, or out and about. 

OluKai Kulana – For Men

The OluKai Kulana is a stylish, island-inspired loafer made of premium smooth full-grain leather. It effortlessly transitions from boardroom meetings to backyard barbecues with its laser etched detail and sharp and modern look. Paired with Foot Levelers custom orthotics, the Kulana provides cushioning, support, and comfort for the whole body.

The exciting part is that these NEW Shoethotics are available for order today! To order, call 800.553.4860.

For more information, visit FootLevelers.com/products/orthotic-shoes. And, make sure to tune in every Tuesday for Shoesday Tuesdays for our Facebook Live product demonstrations.

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About Foot Levelers

Foot Levelers is the world’s leading provider of individually designed stabilizing orthotics, custom orthotic flip-flops, Shoethotics®, and Sandalthotics®, as well as therapeutic products. We have been serving healthcare professionals and their patients for over 66 years with innovative products designed to help reduce pain in the feet, legs, hips, back, and neck, so people can enjoy a fuller and happier life at work, home, or play. For more information about how Foot Levelers is helping healthcare professionals deliver better health outcomes, and lower overall healthcare costs visit https://www.footlevelers.com. To keep up with Foot Levelers, follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo @footlevelers.

FOOT LEVELERS ANNOUNCES FALL SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Roanoke, VA September 10, 2018 – Foot Levelers is excited to announce their fall seminar schedule which includes Foot Levelers’ five new speakers!

For over 66 years, Foot Levelers has been a strong supporter of chiropractic and a leading provider of professional development and continuing education opportunities. Foot Levelers Chiropractic Seminars feature leading experts and are an excellent educational resource allowing doctors to earn up to 12 CEUs per seminar.

Foot Levelers’ seminar fall schedule includes:

November 10-11, 8 CEU SEMINAR (San Francisco, CA) read more

FOOT LEVELERS GENERATES RECORD SALES WITH NEW LOOK FOR KIOSK AT NATIONAL BY FCA


Foot Levelers, the world’s leader in custom stabilizing orthotics, revealed the new look for its Kiosk in Orlando, Florida, at the National by FCA. The new design attracted huge interest from chiropractors and generated record Kiosk sales.

The Foot Levelers Kiosk, premiered in 2017, is an innovative foot scanning device that makes it easy and efficient for patients to scan themselves for custom orthotics and for medical professionals to prescribe them. The new design includes a fresh, clean look, interactive graphics, and presents information in a way where patients can understand how imbalances in their feet are impacting their daily lives.

“We are thrilled to announce a new updated look to our Kiosk for our doctors. This innovative design is receiving praise throughout the profession! The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! Every chiropractor should have one in their office,” said Kent Greenawalt, Chairman and CEO of Foot Levelers, Inc.

Patients love the Kiosk and their ability to scan themselves for custom orthotics. This saves the doctor and their staff valuable time, allowing them to spend more time reviewing the report of findings and treatment options. Kiosks with the new design are available for order today! For more information on the Kiosk or to order your Kiosk today call Foot Levelers at 800-553-4860.

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About Foot Levelers

Foot Levelers is the world’s leading provider of individually designed Stabilizing Orthotics, customer orthotic flip-flops, Shoethotics® and Sandalthotics®, as well as therapeutic products. We have been serving healthcare professionals and their patients for over 66 years with innovative products designed to help reduce pain in the feet, legs, hips, back, and neck, so people can enjoy a fuller and happier life at work, home, or play. For more information about how Foot Levelers is helping healthcare professionals deliver better health outcomes, and lower overall health care costs visit https://www.footlevelers.com. To keep up with Foot Levelers, follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo @footlevelers.

Are Your Patient’s Shoes Causing Pain In Their Body?

Musculoskeletal health is one of the largest costs in healthcare today. With one in two Americans having a musculoskeletal condition, the need for proper support and body alignment has never been greater. A recent survey found that most Americans today wear three pairs of shoes throughout the week. (1) Most of these shoes were not made to support their body, to fit their feet, and are harmful to their musculoskeletal health. Your patient’s health and freedom from pain are important for their quality of life and it starts with continuous support for their body from the ground up. 

Many consumers have been convinced, to get the proper support, it is only a matter of buying a more athletic, “comfortable” shoe. In 2015 alone, the athletic footwear industry generated $17.2 billion in sales according to the NPD Group. While athletic shoes being produced today may be more “comfortable”, the truth is they do not provide the support the body needs and can negatively impact posture and body alignment.

Most shoes, whether athletic or dress, are more fashion than function. When a shoe is designed, most are designed based upon a sample size. Typically, shoe companies use a men’s size ten and a women’s size eight shoe as their sample size. Manufacturers then add or subtract materials to create the larger or smaller sizes of the shoes. The outcome are shoes designed to fit and provide maximum performance for the sample size, not to each individually sized foot. (2)

Shoe companies such as Nike and Adidas have worked to remedy this. Nike’s new technology and foam sole enables Nike to make shoe sizes that fit the perfect size of the foot. This means each size is perfectly designed to maximize performance and no two sizes will have the same sole texture or design. While companies like Nike produce shoes that are made for different sizes of feet, their shoes still provide little or no support for the body.

Just look at the shoes your patients wear for evidence of the pronation in their feet. Shoes are designed to protect feet from the elements and adapt them to specific activities. They are not designed to handle the additional forces necessary to support the body. The shoes just break down. If you look at the extensive wear patterns, shoes show the evidence of the imbalances in the feet and the inability to provide the necessary support to correct them.

As a medical professional, it is vital for your patient’s health that they have the proper support no matter what shoe type they are wearing. Recommending multiple pairs of orthotics is critical to your patient’s musculoskeletal health. The effects of excessive foot pronation impacts everyone. While performing daily activities on their feet, your patients are most likely pronating wearing shoes that do not support their body. Without the proper support, their body will revert to the impact of the imbalances in their feet and, if not addressed, will cause pain in the knee, hip, back, and neck.

Far too many patients ignore and even put up with the pain caused by the poor fit and lack of support shoes provide for their body. Pronation in the feet combined with shoes that do not fit and that provide no support have a negative impact on the posture and alignment of the body. Patients who wear shoes without the proper support will regret their choice down the line. By recommending multiple pairs of custom orthotics, you can ensure your patients will have the continuity of support no matter what shoe type they are wearing. It will improve their health by helping them maintain proper posture and support and quality of life. 

  1. Robbins, Todd (2018, February 28). How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Wear in a Week? Retrieved from https://98txt.iheart.com/content/2018-02-28-how-many-pairs-of-shoes-do-you-wear-in-a-week/
  2. Tepper, Fitz (2018, January 23). Nike Just Released Its First Shoe With An All-Foam Bottom. Retrieved from https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/nike-just-released-its-first-shoe-with-an-all-foam-bottom/

The Importance of Multiple Pairs

By Dr. Tim Maggs

The feet are the foundation of the body. Just like a house, when the foundation is not level everything that sits atop is not supported and is crooked. This means that normal foot mechanics can adversely influence the normal functions of the ankle, knee, hip, back, and neck. If left untreated, many foot conditions eventually contribute to health concerns up the kinetic chain.

This foot-spine-body connection is one of the most important and most common ones we see in our patients that walk into our office every day. After 40 years of practice and 17 years of digitally scanning every patient’s feet, my simple conclusion is that every human has some degree of arch collapse in their feet. No one is immune to plastic deformation, and the arches of the feet continue to collapse with age.

Genetics plays a significant role in the collapse of the arches in the feet. However, factors like shoe types, activity levels, and injuries can play a role. The shoes that people buy, whether they are athletic or dress, tend to provide minimal support for the feet. It is more fashion than function. If one looks at the bottom of most shoes, there is minimal arch support present. In most cases, the body goes years with imbalances and learns to compensate for the collapsed arches. This leads to pain in the ankles, knees, hips, back, and neck.

As an architectural structure, the feet are the foundation, and all work must begin thereby addressing the imbalances in the feet and the impact they are having up the kinetic chain. Using the Structural Fingerprint® Exam, we assess the biomechanical imbalances with every test. We do-leg length, muscle tenderness, joint mobility, digital foot scan and then the biomechanical x-rays. These assessments help demonstrate imbalances, fixations, distortion patterns and in many cases, dysfunction.

In most cases, the body has gone years with imbalances and has learned to compensate for the collapsed arches and the abnormal biomechanics. Re-educating the body is critically important, and that starts with Foot Levelers custom orthotics. Once Foot Levelers custom orthotics are introduced to the foot and shoe, the body will go through a re-education period. Just by wearing the custom orthotics, the feet are forced to exercise different muscle groups to align the body and provide full body support.

Re-educating the body is critically important and can only be truly successful when the patient has continuity of support in all their shoes. A study in Time Magazine found that the average person has 27 pairs of shoes. Due to the multiple shoe types we all wear, it is critically important to equip each shoe type with a custom orthotic. Without the continuity of proper support across shoe types, the body will revert to and compensate for the imbalances and diminish your patient’s outcomes.

This means that we as providers need to address that issue at our report of findings. Take the time to understand how many different shoe types the patient wears, walk slowly through the explanation of cost, and stand firm on the importance of wearing them continually. The continuity of wearing these supports cannot be over-emphasized. The result will be a win-win for you and your patient.

For all my patients, I start out by recommending two pairs. A recent survey found that 61% of respondents said they wore two or three pairs of shoes in a week. A great start is recommending one pair for their athletic shoes and one for their work or dress shoes. These two pairs of custom orthotics alone will cover a majority of their week and ensure that they have the consistent support their body needs no matter what shoes they are wearing.

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