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Month: May 2015

Foot Levelers Unveils Catamaran™, Custom Orthotic Flip-Flops for Men

catamaranPre-order now!  Available August 15

Foot Levelers is excited to unveil our latest innovation in orthotic footwear: the Catamaran, custom orthotic flip-flops for men. Catamaran is individually designed using patented technology to soothe the feet while supporting the body—helping to prevent and correct body asymmetries, relieve pain, and ensure optimal gait. Perfect for the boat, the beach or the barbeque, Catamaran offers the style and ease of a traditional flip-flop but with the healthful benefits of orthotic support. Available now for pre-order in two shades of high-quality brown leather.  Your healthcare professional can scan/assess your feet for us to create your very own pair–find one here.

Over-Pronation Explained (Plus How to Spot It)

Do you over-pronate?

If you do, should you care?

The answer is yes! Over-pronation can lead to a host of problems in the joints, bones, and muscles, not to mention the feet.  These problems inevitably get worse over time.

But first, let’s back up a moment. What in the heck is “pronation” anyway?

In short, pronation describes the way your foot rolls inward when you walk and run, specifically, as your foot makes contact with the ground. Pronation is nature’s way of reducing shock on the feet, legs, and everything above, and it’s part of the “gait cycle,” or the interrelated sets of movements that keep you mobile while upright.

shutterstock_239819944Pronation is problematic when it’s excessive (over-pronation). Think you’re immune? Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones. By some estimates, 77% of the population over-pronates during walking and running, to some degree.  That’s 3 out of 4 adults.

Those who over-pronate are 1) more susceptible to foot/ankle injury, like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis and 2) are putting the entire body at risk. After all, with the body’s foundation (the feet) compromised–unable to do its primary jobs of providing stability and managing shock–the joints, muscles and bones up above become unstable.  They also get hit with more than their fair share of shock. Weakness and pain may occur, problems which worsen as the body ages.   

Have chronic low back pain? Your feet may be to blame.

Got hip pain? Your feet may be to blame.

Knee pain? (You know what we’re going to say next).

Check out this video we made for our Doctors, which helps them identify the 5 Red Flags of pronation in patients. It’s a little clinical, but you may find it useful in understanding pronation and what it can do to the body.

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Whether you’re in pain now or not, we recommend everyone have their foundation assessed regularly by a health professional. If you have foot problems (and you may, even if they don’t hurt), orthotics can help.

You can find a health professional near you here.

What Custom Orthotics Did for Heather’s Plantar Fasciitis

We love to hear from folks who have gotten better, faster, stronger, more pain-free-er using our custom orthotics.  Here’s what Heather from Maple Grove, Minnesota shared with us last week:

“For years I suffered on and off with plantar fasciitis. Last fall it was so severe that I had to stop exercising because I was in so much pain. People told me to try custom orthotics, but I never did because I didn’t think they would help me. Heather BlumerI finally tried over-the-counter orthotics but they didn’t help at all. After suffering for so many years, I finally decided I would try custom orthotics by Foot Levelers. Wow! What a difference they have made! I no longer wake up in the morning with heel pain. I can go running once again! I’ve also used the FootWheel which has been a tremendous help! The combination of the custom orthotics and the FootWheel have made such a difference in my life!”

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