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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

3 Bad Things Over-The-Counter Insoles Do to Your Body

3 bad things about over the counter insoles

Over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic insoles are foot supports made from various materials including foam, leather, and plastic. OTC insoles are designed to go inside your shoe and provide some type of relief. OTC insoles are popularized by clever branding and packaging techniques and can be bought at local pharmacies and grocery stores. Some are marketed as providing additional comfort. Others promise to relieve pain from common conditions like bunions, plantar fasciitis, and arch support issues. Additionally, you can buy OTC insoles for a variety of shoes like high heels, athletic shoes, and boots, so as to seemingly work with every consumer’s lifestyle. read more

Custom Orthotics Featured on “The Doctors” TV Show

Foot Levelers Custom Orthotic featured on “The Doctors” TV Show

Whose custom orthotics are under that tape?

So, our custom orthotics got some national exposure last week, but because of pesky little sponsorship restrictions, you wouldn’t have known it!

There was a segment on the syndicated TV show The Doctors about relieving back pain — which products work, and which don’t.

What’s best for your shoes, insoles or custom orthotics?

The guest on the segment was Dr. Fab Mancini, a huge advocate of Chiropractic. He used to be the President of Parker University (Chiropractic college) and has appeared on Dr. Phil, ABC, CNN, FOX, and many other national platforms getting the word out about all the benefits Chiropractic offers. read more

Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics Help World Champion Hopeful with Low Back Pain

Becci Holcomb is a strong woman. At age thirty, she has a retired USA Powerlifting deadlift record of 501 pounds and can squat 644 pounds. This is the equivalent of deadlifting a dumpster and squatting a large vending machine. In a sport dominated by males, Becci is stronger than many of the men.

Holcomb got her start in powerlifting while enrolled at Life University. She saw a flyer at school for the powerlifting club, and it got her interested. From there, a fellow student and powerlifter got her started. Becci quickly found out that she was a natural for which she credits to genetics and her upbringing.

Originally from the small town of Blanchester, Ohio, Holcomb comes from a family where she and her siblings are naturally tall and strong. Her father, Mike Holcomb, was an All-American wrestler and a member of the 1984 Olympic wrestling team. She grew up on a small family farm where carrying fifty-pound bags of feed was a regular chore. This helped her develop her physical strength even before she knew what powerlifting was, but it is Becci’s training and hard work that has gotten her to where she is today.

Becci trains 15 hours a week and works full-time as the Assistant Wellness Center Director at Life Wellness Center. For her, that means late nights and early mornings. She lifts five days a week and on Saturday’s commutes two hours, round trip, to train with her powerlifting coach. She also maintains a rigid diet, eating six small meals throughout the day. Holcomb is the first to admit that balancing work, training, and personal life takes a lot of discipline and commitment, but it has led to her success.

In her first competition, Holcomb placed second and qualified for nationals in her weight division. She broke and set new Georgia state records in squat, deadlift, and total. She would go on to win the USA Powerlifting Open Nationals three years later and qualified for the World Championships in Europe. Holcomb was ecstatic. She had placed second and third in both national and international competitions, but she had never won a national championship. 

 After returning home, Becci started to experience pain in her feet, hips, and back. Her joints were under a lot of stress. Becci sought out Dr. Joseph Haezebrouk and Dr. Paul Donaldson at Life University for advice and treatment. They recommended Foot Levelers custom orthotics which provide comfort for the feet, support for the whole body, and are clinically proven to help reduce pain. “The key to lifting, making the weight stick, and holding onto it is good stabilization and support from the ground up,” said Dr. Haezebrouk.

Holcomb’s feet were scanned and, upon reviewing the patient report of findings, the scan showed one arch was higher than the other with the left decreased in function. She was fitted with a pair of Foot Levelers custom orthotics and felt immediate relief. “I noticed a definite difference in my low back pain when wearing my custom orthotics. They are comfortable, and my feet, hips, and back don’t hurt,” said Becci.

“Having the proper support and alignment that Foot Levelers custom orthotics provide helps with the downward compression from the weight when your feet are off balanced and holding too much weight,” Dr. Haezebrouk added. “With Foot Levelers custom orthotics, Becci’s stability and posture improved and so did her pain.  She used to take several minutes to get off the exam room table, and now she slides right off.”  

Holcomb wears her custom orthotics from the moment she wakes up in the morning to when she goes to bed at night, having multiple pairs of custom orthotics to fit her different types of shoes. During the day she tries to live an active lifestyle. “I do a lot of hiking and walking and am always sure to wear my Foot Levelers custom orthotics,” Becci said. She even squats and bench presses wearing her Foot Levelers custom orthotics. “During training and competition, my squats are much more even when wearing my Foot Levelers than they were before.”

Competing in powerlifting is one of the most exciting things Holcomb has ever done. She says it is an adrenaline rush to lift heavy weights in front of cheering crowds. When she first started powerlifting, she did not know she would love it so much. Powerlifting has changed her life.

The most noticeable change has been in her body composition as fat mass has been replaced with muscle. However, the most significant difference has been in how she sees herself. Powerlifting has helped Becci develop a level of self-confidence and respect for herself. When she started lifting, she hated just about everything about her body. “I was always bigger and did not fit the mold for the average person. I went through some hard times as everyone does, but powerlifting has helped me grow and appreciate who I am as a person,” said Holcomb.

In April, Becci finished second at the USA Powerlifting Open Nationals to secure a spot in the 2018 World Championship where she hopes to set a new world record. However, for Holcomb, powerlifting has become more than winning championships or setting records. It is about being a positive example to women, especially her younger sisters, and letting them know that true strength is not how much you can lift but about being able to love yourself and your body. “I have younger sisters. I want to be able to instill in them that you don’t have to look a certain way to be valued and appreciated,” said Holcomb. “I want them to know that they are capable of so much and can-do amazing things.”

FOOT LEVELERS LAUNCHES NEW CUSTOM ORTHOTIC FOR WOMEN

ROANOKE, VA, June 25, 2018 – Foot Levelers, the world’s leading provider of custom orthotics, is excited to announce the launch of its 5th Avenue collection, a line of custom orthotics designed by women for women.

Heels and flats are some of the trendiest shoes for women however, they are also some of the worst for the feet and body because they provide minimal comfort and no arch support. Women are left to decide between shoes that look good with their outfit or shoes that feel good. Women’s feet should be comfortable, and their body fully supported no matter what shoes they are wearing.

The new 5th Avenue Stabilizing Orthotics are designed to provide comfort, support, and pain relief for women in flats and heels up to two inches. The luxurious top cover and super-soft mid-layer help keep the feet comfortable while the arch corrections keep the body balanced. The slim design helps the 5th Avenue fit easily into women’s flats and heels. It is perfect for women who spend hours on the job but need the comfort, support, and pain relief to keep going during and after the work-day ends.

“Women should be able to wear shoes that fit their outfit without the dread of how they are going to make their feet or body feel. With 5th Avenue custom orthotics, women can wear flats and heels that are comfortable for the feet and that provide the support the body needs. Wearing flats and heels has never felt better,” said Dawn Galbraith, Senior Vice President of Foot Levelers. 

The 5th Avenue collection is available for patients today! Now women can have the comfort, support, and pain relief their body deserves wearing flats and heels. They also make a perfect second pair! To order call 800.553.4860.

About Foot Levelers

Foot Levelers is the world’s leading provider of individually designed functional 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 health care costs visit https://www.footlevelers.com. To keep up with Foot Levelers, follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo @footlevelers.

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If you would like more information, please call Nathan Day at (540) 682-2336 or email nate.day@footlevelers.com.

Stay Cool, Look Good and Stay Supported this Summer

By Jennifer Illes, DC 

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/

Let’s Hear from Our Patients

We’ve been hearing a LOT from our patients lately, and we’re loving it! 

Check out some of these recent testimonials…

“I was having knee problems, my Chiropractor suggested Foot Levelers and my pain is gone! Worth every dime and recently bought my daughter a set.” –Melissa Williams

 “I wouldn’t be able to walk without mine! Worth every dime. I have scoliosis and a bulging disc in my neck and plantar fasciitis in my feet! I don’t know what I’d do without my Foot Levelers! Thank you.” –Bobbi Reese Morgan

“I have scoliosis and have been in pain for at least 30 years. I purchased the inserts and flip flops. The inserts can be used in all my shoes and the flip flops are worn 90% of the time in the summer. Foot levelers are heaven sent. They are invaluable in keeping my hips and spin in alignment and are worth every penny I’ve spent.” –Georgianna Lund

Thanks, folks! We’re honored to serve you… Please keep the feedback coming! 

Breaking: Study Validates Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics Significantly Reduce Low Back Pain, Help Reduce Reliance on Opioids

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What could eclipse the eclipse?

In our world–in the world of safe, effective pain management and the fight to save lives as the national opioid emergency rages on–it’s a new, major research study that proves what we’ve know for over 65 years:

Foot Levelers + Chiropractic care significantly reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

by an average of 40.4 percent.

Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the study hits the print stands September 1. Click here or scroll down to view the full news release.

Foot Levelers custom orthotics, like Chiropractic care, are safe, painless, non-invasive and cost-effective–in stark contrast to risky, expensive surgery.  It’s important to note that Chiropractic is, and has always been, a proudly drug-free approach to care.

Got Pain? Avoid the knife and potentially life-threatening drugs. Call 800.553.4860 to find a Foot Levelers doctor near you.

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ROANOKE, VA—August 22, 2017—A conclusive new study, “Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial” conducted by National University of Health Sciences and published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation shows that Foot Levelers custom orthotics, particularly in combination with chiropractic care, significantly reduce Low Back Pain (LBP). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports 80 percent of adults experience LBP at some point in their lifetime and it’s the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with many taking prescription drugs for pain relief – which often leads to long-term drug abuse and addiction.

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“The study unequivocally confirms what we have known for over 65 years: Foot Levelers custom orthotics are a powerful first-line treatment in the battle against LBP,” says Kent S. Greenawalt, CEO of Foot Levelers, the world’s leading provider of custom-made functional orthotics and other therapeutic products. “There is significant scientific evidence that explains the foot-spine connection, but the bottom line is that using Foot Levelers to balance and support the feet—the foundation of the body—helps balance and support the spine. This study is another striking development in the case for evidence-based, conservative care of LBP, which in the face of America’s ongoing opioid crisis, is more important news than ever.”

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Key Findings

  • Foot Levelers orthotics significantly reduce Low Back Pain 34.5 percent
  • Foot Levelers orthotics plus chiropractic care reduce Low Back Pain 40.4 percent
  • Foot Levelers alone or in conjunction with chiropractic care improves function:  18.5 percent and 32.3 percent, respectively
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    Let’s Get Nerdy

    Science. We like it.

    And not just because the design of our custom orthotics is based on it. Not just because research proves again and again that our custom orthotics help Low Back Pain, plus a ton of other pain and performance issues.*

    Wellllllll... OK. That’s a big part of it.

    But we also like science because our patients like it. Nay, our patients demand it! As well they should–health is “kind of a big deal” and folks want to make sure they’re making the right decisions for their body, well-being, and longevity.

    That’s why today (!) we released a BIG, whopping, dare-we-say thrilling update to our Patient Report of Findings… Check out the latest and greatest below!

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    This new Report of Findings–available on the cloud-based Kiosk only–reveals detailed info and images about the health of your feet and their three arches, plus how arch collapse may be contributing to problems throughout the body. It helps your doctor determine if you’re a candidate for custom orthotics.

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    Our 3D BodyView generates a fantastic Patient Report of Findings too–but this version is more in-depth than ever. You and your doctor are armed with…

  • More data about your feet and posture
  • Enhanced options to review the Report together
  • Nifty new graphics that show how orthotics can improve your posture
  • Sections your doctor can customize with her or his practice information so you’ll always have your doctor’s info handy should you have questions or want to schedule a follow-up
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    1 Scan = Unlimited Pairs (for Up to 2 Years!)

    Did you know that Foot Levelers keeps your foot scan on file for 24 months? That means a fresh pair of custom orthotics or orthotic shoes may just be a phone call away!

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    Call your doctor today to ask about additional pairs–whether it’s the same model you got before or you want to try something completely different, one scan gives us the information we need to build you the support you need.  And if you don’t have a Foot Levelers doctor yet, call or message us today to find one near you! 800.553.4860.

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    Congrats to Dr. Edward Wagner, This Week’s “SHINDIG” Winner!

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    Congrats to Dr. Edward Wagner of Wagner Holistic Center in Pacific Palisades, Ca. Dr. Wagner used code SHINDIG last week and won a pair of Beats wireless headphones in our sweepstakes!!

    Docs: Be sure to get your SHINDIG orders in–the more you use code SHINDIG, the more patients you help, the more you save, the more chances to win. We’ll be announcing a new fabulous prize on Monday!

    5 Reasons to Choose Custom Orthotics for the Treatment of Low Back Pain

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    1. The feet are the body’s foundation. Just like a building, fixing problems in the foundation can help with problems throughout the structure.

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    “…I have to load 5,000 pigs every 4 months. This entails many hours of walking on cement alleyways. I couldn’t help load without my Foot Levelers!” –Farmer Donita Koberg Platz of Minnesota

    2. “Bad” feet are linked to bad backs—the research proves it. Fixing bad feet can make a huge difference in the treatment of low back pain.

    3. Your feet may feel just fine—but they could be causing problems up above. Foot imbalance or dysfunction is often “silent,” but it can have ripple effects, transferring problems (and pain) to the low back. read more

    “WHYOTY” April: Enter to Win a Pair of Brooks Shoethotics® at Facebook.com/FootLevelers!

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    MEDIA ALERT: To celebrate 65 years of relieving pain and improving patient outcomes, Foot Levelers launched an exciting, year-long patient sweepstakes:Where Have Your Orthotics Taken You?” (“WHYOTY”). There’s a prize for every month; April’s was recently revealed to be a pair of Brooks Shoethotics®. Brooks are the go-to shoes of serious runners; our Brooks Shoethotics combine this exceptional brand with Foot Levelers custom-made orthotics built in.

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    Whether it’s running their first marathon or walking to the mailbox pain-free, patients who post their photos and/or videos of them “in action” with their orthotics to Foot Levelers’ Facebook page are entered to win a fabulous WHYOTY prize each month.

    “My Foot Levelers took me hiking through an old volcano on the island of Hawaii!” said Danielle Evans of Michigan, January’s winner. “I never travel without them. Two foot surgeries and metal in my feet have made me so thankful for the support they offer my three arches (or lack there of), the lightweight design, and soft foam inserts. I had tried ones from my foot doctor who did my surgeries and the hard inserts made my feet hurt worse! Foot Levelers orthotics are a life changer!”

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    Another submission from WHYOTY contestant Claire Welsh!

    It’s easy for patients to enter WHYOTY. Here’s how:

    1) Posts a photo or video to our Facebook page of an activity in which you’re wearing Foot Levelers orthotics or orthotic footwear.

    2) Say a few words about what’s happening and where.

    3) Each post, post like, and post comment equals entries into a monthly sweepstakes. At the end of the month, we announce the winner!

    The more you post, and the more your friends “like,” share, and comment on it, the greater the chance of winning that month’s prize! read more

    Check Out AM7™: Our New Custom-Made Orthotics for Teens

    We’re excited to introduce our newest innovation in custom-made orthotics: AM7™, designed for teens ages 13-18.  AM7 features:

    • Super durability for teens’ active lifestylesAM7-teen orthotic
    • Odor protection designed specifically for teens
    • 3 Arch Advantage™ to promote healthy posture, help prevent injury and improve biomechanics

    AM7 is available with Foot Levelers’ Posture Protect Program™, for savings with each replacement orthotic for the rapidly growing teen. It’s the perfect “step up” for young patients who have enjoyed the support and protection of Foot Levelers’ Ultra Young Soles®, designed for ages 5–12.

    AM7 and Ultra Young Soles are developed specifically for the growing body. Ask your Chiropractor to learn more!

    Why ‘Custom Orthotics’ Matters

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    Considering custom orthotics? Maybe your Chiropractor recommended custom orthotics to help treat a painful condition, like low back pain, knee pain or plantar fasciitis.  Or perhaps you’re an athlete who wants to improve your performance on the field while protecting yourself from injury. Head to toe (and everywhere in between), research shows that the feet play a critical role in whole-body wellness. Custom orthotics can help keep them balanced and healthy.

    But you may be wondering to yourself: why is custom such a big deal when it comes to orthotics?  After all, generic, off-the-shelf inserts are cheaper, and they’re everywhere, lining the shelves of a number of pharmacies, super stores, even some grocery stores. Their bright and flashy packaging promises the world: “Get relief from runner’s knee!” “Soothe arthritis pain!”  “Helps with low back pain!”

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    If all that’s true… Why not go for the cheap and easy fix?

    What is the big deal about custom anyway?

    We’re so glad you asked!

    Let’s start with the basics: Your feet are just as unique as your fingerprints. That means your size 9 feet are not the same as your neighbor’s size 9 feet (in fact, if you’re like most people, there are even significant differences between your right foot and left!).  

    Generic, over-the-counter “orthotics” ignore this crucial fact.

    Because they’re mass-produced, they can only address only general conditions, for “general feet,” as if such a thing exists. They can’t account for differences between your right and left foot, and they certainly can’t include read more

    From Burrrr to Bahhh: Versawool(TM)

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    Does the view outside your window look a little something like the mess above?

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    If you’re located on the East Coast like we are, you may (yet again) find your city or town smothered beneath a blanket of snow today. The perfect antidote: Foot Levelers’ Versawool orthotic.

    Made with 100% natural Merino wool from the Merino sheep, this super smart orthotic actually helps regulate body temperature–so it will help keep you warm and cozy on days that are anything but. Best of all, Versawool is great for spring and summer too. That same smart temperature-regulating technology will help keep you cool when temperatures rise.

    Versawool also naturally wicks away moisture and fights odors, so your feet will feel (and smell) dry and fresh no matter the weather outside.

    Like all Foot Levelers’ functional orthotics, Versawool orthotics are custom-made based on a scan or cast of your feet, so you get support that’s 100% individually-designed just for you. Just like snowflakes, no two pairs of feet are the same. Shouldn’t something as critical as support for your body’s foundation be just as unique?

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    Talk to your Chiropractor about Versawool today!

     

    Wall Street Journal: Surgery Not Needed for Most Foot Problems

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    …Course, we already knew that. Foot problems can usually be treated without surgery! 

    In “No Surgery: Fresh Cures for Common Foot Pain” by WSJ Health Reporter Angela Chen, the writer speaks with experts who say that most foot problems–from bunions to plantar fasciitis to hammertoes to ball of foot pain–can be treated successfully without surgery. “Some treatments, such as insoles that redistribute the pressure on the foot…aim to address the cause of the foot problems, which can help them from recurring,” writes Chen. (Hey! That’s what we’ve been saying all along!)

    “‘I think people come in wanting surgery because they want a quick fix and want to be back to normal,’ says Norman Turner, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. ‘Unfortunately, in most cases surgery isn’t a quick fix because it can take just as long, or longer, to get back on your feet.'”

    “The knife” is not the answer–it’s costly, potentially dangerous, and could have you down for months. Got foot problems? Read the full piece here, then read what a difference custom orthotics make, and find a health professional near you who can help.

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