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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

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

All Orthotics are NOT Created Equal

Custom Orthotics vs. Generic Insoles

By Kevin M. 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

Social Media Marketing: Promote the Sharing of Your Facebook Posts and Tweets

When you post on Facebook and Twitter, do you sit by and watch as the crickets play their tune (meaning you typically receive no shares and maybe a few likes)? It’s time you give your posts a boost to jump-start the organic share and interaction process and see some fruit from your labor.

One way to give your social media a marketing push is to make it extremely easy for your followers and clients to share your posts. Say you’re sending out an email newsletter that highlights a recent Facebook post or Tweet. Instead of the reader having to go through multiple steps to share your post, simplify the process by adding a “Share” button directly in your email, webpage, or PDF that provides a 1-click solution to open the social media’s share function for that specific post. Let’s get started! read more

Healing the Pain of Heel Spurs

Heel Spur relief
Are you looking for relief from a painful heel spur?

What is a heel spur? 
A heel spur is a bone growth that develops on the back or bottom of the heel. While anyone could get a spur on the heel, they’re more common in women than men and in people aged 40 or older. 
 
Heel spur pain can vary from a sharp, stabbing sensation to a mild ache. In many cases, spurs on the heel are present for some time but don’t hurt until they grow to the point that they press on the nerves and soft tissue of the foot. 
 
Dorsal spurs form on the back of the heel, and plantar spurs appear at the bottom. It’s possible to have multiple spurs on one heel. 
 
What causes heel spurs? 

These factors increase the risk:  read more

Overpronation – Feet Don’t Have to Hurt to be Hurting the Rest of Your Body

Overpronation and flat feet affects the whole body

You are probably an overpronator and don’t know it! Overpronation is a common and natural condition where the feet roll excessively inward every time you take a step. Most people overpronate to some degree, and a slight inward motion is part of the foot’s proper gait cycle. However, during overpronation, both the degree of the inward angle and length of time the foot is in that position is too much for the body to support naturally.  

Your feet may not hurt, but overpronation is throwing your whole body off balance with every step. When your ankles, knees, hips and back are out of alignment, the excessive stress and wear can cause pain. Over time, it can even lead to injuries. To get to the real source of the issue, start with your body’s foundation – the feet.   read more

Down and dirty differences between pronation vs supination?

Supination severity diagram
Diagram showing difference between supination vs 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 vs 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

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