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Give Hip Pain the Boot

Got hip pain?

Foot Levelers custom-made stabilizing orthotics may be able to help.

The hip joint is the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint, allowing for fluid movement during running, walking, and more. As the hip bone moves around in its socket, a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction.

But with age and use, this cartilage can wear down or sustain damage. So can the muscles, tendons, and bones in and surrounding the hip.  Hip pain is usually a symptom of an underlying condition, including Arthritis, Avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis), certain cancers, Bursitis, fracture, labral tear, muscle or tendon strain, and tendinitis. It’s important to work with your healthcare provider to determine the source of your pain.

Custom-made stabilizing orthotics, like Foot Levelers XP3 orthotic shown here, can help your hip pain by stabilizing the body’s foundation–the feet–and restoring alignment to hips.

Symptoms of Hip Pain

Depending on the condition that’s causing your hip pain, you might feel the discomfort in your:

  • Inside of the hip joint
  • Outside of the hip joint
  • Groin
  • Buttocks
  • Thigh

Occasionally pain from other areas of the body, such as the back or groin (from a hernia for example), is felt in the hip.

In most cases, treating your hip pain is more likely to be successful when the focus is on restoring balanced function to the entire body—starting from the ground up—rather than simply reducing the pain and inflammation in the irritated tissues. Chiropractic care plus custom orthotics have been proven to help.


Your Chiropractor can help relieve your hip pain with adjustments, rehab, and custom orthotics. Icing or heating the area may also help, as might resting the affected joint.

Your doctor can help you determine what stretching and strengthening exercises might improve your hip’s function and reduce your pain.

Remember: hip replacement surgery, though successful for many, is still a major surgery. Make sure to try conservative care first,  like drug- and surgery-free Chiropractic care plus Foot Levelers custom orthotics. Your hip pain may be helped without the need for the knife, downtime, or potentially addictive drugs.

X-ray of a patient’s hip before orthotics (left) and immediately after placing Foot Levelers custom orthotics in the shoes. Notice the asymmetry between the hips immediately diminishes–and so does the pain.


Are Your Feet Warm Weather Ready? Meet The World’s Healthiest Flip-flops

The innovation that started it all: Foot Levelers’ Seabreeze custom orthotic flip-flop.

The wait is over (well, close enough). Spring is just around the corner, which means…

It’s flip-flop time, hooray! 

But don’t settle for just any flip-flop; ask your doctor about the world’s healthiest: Foot Levelers’ custom orthotic flip-flops, made just for your feet and your body based on a 3D scan of your foot. 

What’s the big deal about our custom orthotic flip-flops?

  • They’re so flippin’ comfortable you’ll never want to take them off. Seriously. 
  • Patented 3 Arch Advantage provides healthy support for all three of the foot’s arches 
  • Shock-absorbent mid-layer cradles and protects your feet and body with every step
  • Stunning, handcrafted craftsmanship that’s unrivaled (prepare yourself to turn some heads and rack up the compliments)
  • Designed to help your body, not hurt it (traditional flip-flops can destroy your feet and your spine… Learn more here)
  • In styes available for women and men; in traditional, high-quality leather and exciting waterproof options

Waterproof custom orthotic flip-flops–styles available for women and men.

Perfect for your casual warm weather outings or for simply kicking back in ultimate, pampering support. 

“I absolutely love my Foot Levelers’ custom orthotic flip-flops. The first time I tried them on was the day I was flying to Orlando for a convention. I put them on that morning, walked through the entire airport and still had them on late into the evening. My feet, knees and low back felt great and that never would have happened in any other kind of flip-flops.”

–Susan J., Andover, MA

Ask your doctor about Foot Levelers custom orthotic flip-flops today! 

Dazzling support: Our Vegas custom orthotic flip-flop featuring no less than 220 brilliant rhinestones.

Proud, Patriotic Employer: Maria Huffman and Foot Levelers

Recently Foot Levelers’ own Maria Huffman was recognized by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (EGSR) for being a Patriotic Employer! She was nominated by Jason Cain, our employee who is also a proud Marine.

Jason works for Maria in Foot Levelers’ Shipping Department, and he is also a Combat Engineer with the Marines. Previously, he was a Marine Aviation Mechanic, but now he trains other Marines to look for IEDs, which he still does two weekends a month.

ESGR is part of the Department of Defense. ESGR seeks to “foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military services of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.” The Patriot Award honors individual supervisors for their support when nominated by the employee or his/her family.

Congratulations, Maria, and thank you for your service, Jason!

Foot Levelers proudly employs a number of former and current military folks like Jason. 

Patriotic employer, Foot Levelers

Left to Right: Bob Vaughn of ESGR, Jason Cain, proud marine and Foot Levelers Line Specialist, and Maria Huffman, Foot Levelers Shipping Supervisor.

Happy (Almost) New Year!

The New Year is Almost Here! 

Whatever your goals for 2018, the Foot Levelers family wishes you a healthy, joyous, and prosperous revolution around the sun. 

Please be safe out there tonight! See you next year! 


Your Friends at Foot Levelers


CHEERS is Almost Up (the Special Ends as the Ball Drops!!)

Docs… Don’t forget, we’re honoring code CHEERS until December 31st, 2017! 

Happy Holidays from Us (& Rory!)

We received a special surprise in the mail the other day–all the way from the U.K.! 

Rory Smith is a little boy we had the pleasure of helping earlier in the year.  He and his family sent us this holiday lovely card.

The inside reads, “To all at Foot Levelers: We could not have got through 2017 without you.”

Back at you, Smith family! Hearing from patients like you keeps us going.

Here’s Tammy from Sales & Service with card. 


Birthday Surprise for Kent!

Out today, the latest issue of Valley Business Front magazine couldn’t have come at a better time. Today is our CEO Kent’s birthday, and Kent was chosen as one of just eight regional business leaders to earn the distinction of “2017 Business Icon”! Congratulations Kent!

Valley Business Front‘s writers focused on Kent’s personal and professional philanthropy as well as the incredible success of Foot Levelers under his visionary leadership.  It’s a well-deserved honor for our favorite birthday boy! 

Happy birthday Kent, and a big congrats! Thanks for all you do to make Foot Levelers a great place to work and your Southwest Virginia community a better place to live, work, and play. We’re also so proud to be part of your impassioned movement for bringing natural, non-invasive, evidence-based treatment options to patients in pain–not only here, but all around the world, too. You are making a big difference through your work, and we’re honored to be on your “A Team.”

Best wishes, Your Foot Levelers Family



End of Year CHEERS!

Many of our doctors are celebrating the end of 2017 with savings on Foot Levelers custom orthotics and orthotic footwear. Ask your doctor about ways to save today!

Plus, don’t forget, most Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs) cover custom orthotics and custom orthotic footwear, and some accounts time out on December 31st. Don’t “snooze” and lose out on this great opportunity for healthy, whole-body support with no out-of-pocket expense to you. Act now to start the New Year off right–supported and stabilized with Foot Levelers!

Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving from Foot Levelers!

A few pics from our almost-Thanksgiving Day feast on Tuesday. A big shout-out to Mary and Katie in H.R. who coordinated the lovely meal! (They’re the turkeys pictured in photo 5). 😉 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday full of family, friends, and of course, food! 




We Do Halloween Right!

A time honored annual tradition, we Halloween hard here at Foot Levelers. Check out some our folks’ best costumes during our recent celebration.

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