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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer and warmer weather mean more patients are wearing sandals and flip-flops! They are gaining popularity for use for a variety of occasions for their casual and comfortable style. A survey on 1,000 females showed that approximately 43% of them preferred wearing flip-flops over sports shoes during shopping. (1) And although it’s always fun to kick your typical non-summer footwear aside, sandals are typically known to be the most non-foot-friendly shoes.
The typical sandal or flip-flop is very thin and offers little support or cushioning to the foot. When wearing flip-flops, people tend to alter their gait by taking shorter steps, which often results in hip and lower back pain. 2 And while the sole may seem soft and comfortable, this can cause pain in the heels, arches, ball of the foot, and toes. The foot also ends up over-pronating (rolling inward) in flip-flops, especially with no added support for the arch of the foot. (2)
Flip-flops also make the muscles and tendons work overtime. Since there is only a little V-shaped strap coming from between the toes and across the arch of the foot, there is not much holding the flip-flop to the foot. As people walk, they end up gripping their toes, making the muscles and tendons in their feet do all the work, which can lead to tendinitis.
Of all the summer footwear options, flip-flops are the most damaging to the feet. And despite what we tell patients, they are going to continue wearing them. So here are 4 “C’s” for your patients to consider when choosing sandals or flip-flops this summer.
Top 4 “C’s” to Wear Custom Orthotic Sandal and Flip-Flops:
#1: Column of Support: Orthotic Sandals (like the regular custom-made orthotics) may correct foot positioning. While typically flip-flops are worn on a variety of uneven surfaces, like sand, their job is to realign the feet with the lower limbs of the body to reduce stress in the ankles, knees, and back.
#2: Comfortable: Orthotic flip-flops give ultimate comfort to the rest of the body. It’s easier to walk all day and still feel relaxed. The body is given a solid foundation from the feet contributing to a very good posture and alignment of the body. Also, you will notice it is quite easy to make strides with the orthotic arch support sandals as minimal strains are incurred to the arches of the feet.
#3: Convenient: Easy on-and-off means it’s convenient to wear at any point.
The great news is that Foot Levelers has a trendy variety of men and women’s custom orthotic flip-flops and sandals which are designed to offer the casual footwear with the support the world has long needed. Ordinary flip-flops can do a tremendous amount of damage to the feet and the body. Foot Levelers builds in their exclusive their 3-arch support to all their custom orthotic flip-flops that provide the comfort and support and helps align the body.
Assess your patients’ feet and shoes as part of your normal intake process, and don’t miss the opportunity to talk to them about having the proper support in their flip-flops. Encourage your patients to choose their summer footwear carefully—it’s critical to good health. Sandals or flip-flops that don’t properly support the feet negatively impact the kinetic chain. High-quality, supportive footwear, ideally with support for all three of the foot’s arches, gives the body a healthy, solid foundation that is less likely to experience biomechanical problems and more receptive to chiropractic care.
References 1. Carl TJ & Barrett SL. Computerized analysis of plantar pressure variation in flip-flops, athletic shoes, and bare feet. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2008. 98(5): 374-8. 2. Parker-Pope, T. (2008, June 5). Summer flip-flops may lead to foot pain. Retrieved from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/summer-flip-flops-may-lead-to-foot-pain/
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