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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

 

 

Giving Back to Our City Schools

Foot Levelers is more than “just” custom orthotics; we’re a technology company, too. Most of the doctors we work with use our proprietary 3D scanning technology to capture images of patients’ feet; these images are instantaneously sent through the magical interwebs to our lab in Roanoke, Virginia. These are the “blueprints” for building patients’ custom orthotics.

Many of those 3D scanning systems include a laptop pre-loaded with our scanning software to help run the machine. When doctors upgrade or switch their systems, sometimes those laptops are no longer needed, so they are returned to us.

L-R: Dan Sweeney, Brian Boggs, Chris Cummings of Foot Levelers and Mark Thompson and Britt Simmons of Roanoke City Schools.

That means we’ve amassed quite a collection of laptops over the last few years–150 to be exact.  We knew we wanted to donate them, but where? Someone suggested our very own Roanoke City Public School System and a plan was hatched! 

School district reps were delighted to have more tools to serve local students. “Just wow!” said Roanoke City Public School’s Director of Technology Mark Thompson. “That was extremely generous.”

Many kudos to Foot Levelers’ Tech Support Team, especially Brian Boggs and Lamont Clements, for working so hard to prepare the laptops for donation.  We were pleased to have members of the media join us for the hand-off yesterday too–you can check out stories from WSLS Channel 10 here and from WDBJ Channel 7 here

 

“Mami” Loves Foot Levelers!

Foot Levelers was honored to be the subject of a recent review on the award-winning parenting blog Mami of Multiples.  

Contributor Niki Lazenby wrote that “one week into wearing my Fiji custom orthotic flip-flops, I can honestly see a huge improvement in my level of back pain!”

In addition to Fiji–which Niki calls her “new favorite pair of flip-flops”–Niki tried running in our XP3 custom orthotics.

“I felt like I was running on clouds!” she wrote.

Not only is Niki a sufferer of Chronic Low Back Pain, she is mom to an energetic toddler. She also has one “on the way”: Niki was seven months pregnant when we first met her at a Florida Chiropractic event! 

We love great reviews, but the best part of working with Niki is knowing that we helped her break the cycle of pain .  Niki had “tried everything,” but it was Foot Levelers plus Chiropractic adjustments that gave her the relief she sought.

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Niki (far right) speaking with Kent, our CEO, at Florida Chiropractic Association’s The National in Orlando last month

Niki scans herself on the Foot Levelers’ Kiosk

Email us at service@footlevelers.com or send us a message here or on Facebook to tell us your Foot Levelers story. (And if you’re a doctor, be sure to call us today to ask about our ongoing ‘PARTY’ promotion–there’s no better way to get all your patients into custom orthotics, which are research-proven to help with Chronic Low Back Pain like Niki’s!) 

 

“Foot Scans Reveal a Lot” – Coverage in The Hartford Courant

We were excited to be featured in the Hartford Courant recently in a piece about our groundbreaking Kiosk! Thanks to writer David Holahan and congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Vincent of Simsbury Chiropractic and Wellness who was featured in the article. Click on the image below to read this exciting piece, and call 800.553.4860 so we can put you in touch with a doctor near you.

 

 

Supporting Those ‘Who Risk Their Lives to Keep Us Safe’

Team Foot Levelers was honored to kick off an unprecedented partnership with the brave men and women of Roanoke Fire-EMS this week, our hometown’s first responders. One-hundred and sixty-five of the Star City’s finest will be product-testing a new Foot Levelers orthotic top cover, designed for the toughest jobs and lifestyles!

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The Roanoke Press Corps was also out in force to help share the news with our community. Check out some of their recent stories:

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“Roanoke Fire-EMS is excited to partner with Foot Levelers on this exciting opportunity,” said Roanoke Fire-EMS Chief David Hoback. “We can’t wait to see how these custom products will benefit our firefighters.”

“Every new Foot Levelers product and product element must go through an intensive series of tests,” said Steve Stone, Foot Levelers Senior Vice President… “There aren’t many folks who work in tougher environments or who are harder on their feet and bodies than first responders; plus, as a company, we’re always looking for ways to give back…What better way than to support the selfless men and women who are out there every day risking their lives to keep us safe?”

Good news for our firefighters, who frequently suffer from back pain: a major clinical trial to be published in The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation conclusively shows that Low Back Pain improves with Foot Levelers custom orthotics. We’ll be sharing more on this exciting development soon!

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon: The Results are In!

The results are in!

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America’s Toughest Road Marathon just keeps getting bigger, with 2,507 registered runners–an 11% increase over last year; 600 volunteers, a brand new (official) double marathon, 10 non-profit race beneficiaries, plus runners hailing from 43 states and nine countries.

Even though warnings of severe weather forced organizers to cancel the event about five hours in, reviews were glowing (thanks, folks!).

Runner Elizabeth R. Bain of California said this about the race in The Roanoke Times: “What really made this course shine (besides the gorgeous views from the tops of the mountains)? YOU, Roanoke! From the volunteers handing out bibs and shirts at packet pick-up, to the mimosa ‘aid station,’ to the guy driving the bus where I took my DNF [did not finish], everyone was so kind and friendly! Even though I’m a slow, back-of-the-pack runner, every aid station had cheers and cowbells and plenty of aid station supplies for me.”

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Foot Levelers booth at the Marathon Expo Friday before the race

 

We’re proud to support this incredible event every year, and congratulate all who dared to run America’s Toughest Road Marathon. An extra loud shout-out goes to our employees who got up at the crack of dawn to participate as runners or volunteer at the Star aid station!

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It takes a village to host a marathon (Foot Levelers peeps in yellow giving out water, snacks, cheers and high fives to runners at the Star Aid Station)

 

Numbers about the economic impact should be out soon. Last year, the marathon generated more than $592,000, and over the past seven years, the it’s added more than $3.2 million to the local economy.

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Our man Barto (center, in black) chugging up Mill Mountain along with other runners. Credit: The Roanoke Times.

Congratulations runners, thank you volunteers, and kudos to organizers from the Roanoke Regional Partnership for another world-class event!

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Tammy and her daughter after the event

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Some of our employee runners ready for the race: L-R, Barto, Scott, Tyler, Mike and Wayne

Our Own Roanoke Star — in Training for America’s Toughest Road Marathon

Alyssa Rae from WSLS Channel 10 came and visited us yesterday to talk about our Workout for Payout program and how our own Abby Oliver is putting it to use while training for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! Alyssa interviewed both Kent and Abby and also shot some cool footage of Abby running part of the course!

Abby runs in our Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 Shoethotics with InMotion custom orthotics. InMotion features silver for natural odor and moisture control and Celliant, which is research-proven to help increase blood oxygen levels in the body’s tissue for a boost of strength and stamina. Check out a short video of Abby in action on our Facebook page! We’ll post again when the WSLS story airs.

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Alyssa interviewing Kent in Foot Levelers’ gym

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Click here to see a quick video of Abby running.

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