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Say “Aloha” to Brand New Shoethotics® from OluKai and Foot Levelers

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Founded in Hawaii, OluKai believes everyone, no matter where they are, can “live Aloha.” Unlock your inner Aloha with footwear featuring quality materials and handcrafted details inspired by ocean culture.

Olukai is formed from two Hawaiian words: “Olu” meaning comfort and “Kai” meaning ocean. We’re especially excited to be partnering with them because of the Olukai philosophy: creating great products while leaving the smallest footprint possible on the planet. In every facet of its business, OluKai is committed to respecting the people and the environments it touches.

Want a pair of Olukai Shoethotics? Talk to your Chiropractor to learn more, or give us a call to find a doc near you: 800.553.4860!

The Best of Summer

We <3 summer! Foot Levelers’ custom orthotic flip-flops help balance the body’s foundation and give you the support you need through all your summer activities!

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We Put Fiji to the Test: Check Out Our Latest Video!

We packed a bag and headed to the coast in our Fiji custom orthotic waterproof flip-flops recently (not only do they “defy the sea”; we’re pleased to report they’re great for breezing through airport security, too). Click here to watch us test drive a pair in the water!

A couple of other nifty points about our custom orthotic waterproof flip-flops, Fiji for her and Maui for him: they’re super light-weight and they float, so if a wave tries to steal one away, you can easily pluck it from the water before it’s gone for good. Bright colors like Palm Green (shown below) and our Black Chevron pattern make them easy to spot on the water.

Below our ever-diligent product tester checks out how Fiji “performs” in a seaside hammock.  We’re pleased to report that Fiji scores a 10 out of 10 here, too. Talk to your Chiropractor about getting a pair today!

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Susan Loves Her Custom Orthotic Flip-flops (and So Will You!)

We love hearing from our patients! Thanks Susan!

“I absolutely love my Foot Levelers’ custom orthotic flip-flops. The first time I tried them on was the day I was flying to Orlando for a convention. I put them on that morning, walked through the entire airport and still had them on late into the evening. My feet, knees and low back felt great and that never would have happened in any other kind of flip-flops. I have worn Foot Levelers orthotics for over 20 years so I understand the importance of wearing the right shoe with the right correction.”

–Susan J., Andover, MA

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The Pitter-Patter of Little Feet: Kids and the ‘Pedal Foundation’

We know, parents: as if you don’t have enough to worry about when it comes to your kids.  But making sure your children’s feet are healthy is important.  We’ll tell you the why and the how.

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The Why: Foot problems that develop in childhood can seriously affect your child’s health now and in the future. Picture the body as a building: if the foundation is unbalanced or “off,” everything built on top of it may suffer–in your child’s body, this includes the pelvis and spine, leading to biomechanical dysfunction. Later in life, foot problems from childhood can can accelerate degenerative changes in the knees, hips, and spine. They may also put your child at greater risk for injury during sports or play.

The How: Your Chiropractor can do a quick assessment of your child’s feet to make shutterstock_119611549sure they are developing as they should, and determine what treatment is necessary if not. He or she may watch your child walk, examine their shoe wear pattern, assess knee to foot alignment (is there a straight line down from the mid-point of each kneecap to the foot?), or look at the Achilles tendon and medial arches. Other signs that trouble is afoot include recurring subluxations.

At age 5 or above, your doctor may recommend custom-made flexible orthotics, like Foot Levelers’ Ultra Young Soles. Sensible, supportive footwear is always recommended, at any age.

Next time you visit your DC, bring your wee one along.  Addressing pedal imbalances early can help your child now and well on into the future.

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The Real Fashion Faux Pas

You–yes you–may be harboring a dangerous villain.

It may be lurking in your bedroom closet. Or hiding in the hallway by the front door.

It may have even have made its way into the shadowy depths of….. Your back pocket.

We’re actually talking everyday items here: the oversized handbag. The workplace or evening heels. The elegant briefcase or its more modern counterpart, the laptop bag. Even the seemingly innocuous leather wallet… shutterstock_57363508The things you wear or carry on your body may secretly be conspiring to cause you serious pain and problems down the road.

We’ve talked about high heels in previous posts, but here’s Foot Levelers’ quick list of common fashion faux pas (faux pases? faux pie?) when it comes to health:

  • Large purses or handbags
  • Heavy briefcases or laptop bags
  • Too small shoes
  • High heels
  • Pointy toed shoes
  • …Even the traditional pocket wallet

Let’s “unpack” this, shall we? Big bags or heavy briefcases may carry all your essentials, but they also shift a majority of your body’s weight to one side. Our bodies are meant to stand upright–not tilt–and the addition of a large bag or purse works against this.  The result: Strain to the lower back, knees, hips, and spine.

Shoes that are too small, too tall, too pointy or fit poorly can add stress to the body and disrupt your natural gait (walking) pattern. When your walk is “off,” stress occurs in places it shouldn’t.  On your feet, you may see calluses or painful bunions. Again, strain radiates disproportionately throughout the body and joints.

shutterstock_95550097And that “innocent” wallet? Many men sport it in their back pocket during the day, and sit on it without much concern.  But sitting on a wallet creates an uneven foundation for the body in the seated position – which may cause sciatica or even a herniated disc.

There’s good news: small and simple changes will help you avoid pain and strain.  If you frequently carry bags or briefcases, alternate sides. (And strengthening the muscles that are used to carry these accessories can help hold their weight while maintaining good posture).  Guys, carry your wallet in a front pocket whenever possible.

With shoes, make sure you purchase ones that fit (one study found that 88% of women wear shoes that are too small! Eighty-eight percent!!). They should also have good support–ideally, custom-made orthotics.  When wearing heels, try not to do so for any longer than 2 hours.

Keep in mind: your body is like a building.  By protecting its foundation, and taking care of the overall structure, it will look better, last longer, and feel better, too. To your health!

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Hey Guys! Your Ship Has Come In

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The flip-flop that’s got his back, too—Catamaran is HERE and ready to ship out!

For stability, support and sun-sational comfort, check out our custom orthotic flip-flops for guys:

  • Individualized 3 Arch Advantage™ support make it the world’s healthiest flip-flop—guaranteed
  • Crafted from rich, earthy leather with a cushioning EVA mid-layer for supreme comfort
  • Durable, slip-resistant rubber sole means safety lasts all summer long
  • Choose from two rugged hues: Teak or Mahogany

Yes! You can get your “laid-back on” without wrecking your feet and back—or your doctor’s adjustment. Visit your health professional to get your feet scanned so we can make a pair just for you.

Prepare to Be Dazzled by Bling, Our Newest Custom Orthotic Flip-flop

bling topStunning and supportive, in classic flip-flop styling, Bling is high fashion footwear—without the high price to health.

Bling offers Foot Levelers’ signature 3 Arch Advantage™ support with a built-in individually-designed orthotic made just for her, plus:

  • Brilliant rhinestones inlayed in a single stitch toe thong, for added comfort
  • Buttery-soft black suede top cover for luxurious support and stability
  • Cushioning EVA mid-layer and slip-resistant rubber sole

You’ll flip over Bling! It’s the support you need with the style and comfort you crave.

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How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Own? (And Are You Sure?)

Let’s face it. No one wears the same shoes all the time, because there’s more to life than just the office or gym. In fact, the average American owns an average of 19 pairs of shoes at any given time!

We challenged our employees to get out their shoes, count ’em, and take a picture. (Our “winner” so far on number of pairs owned is Corrie, 125 pairs of shoes!)

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How many pairs do you THINK you have? And how many do you ACTUALLY have?

Answer the first question in your head, and then take a moment to do an actual count. You’ll be surprised.

To optimize the health benefits of custom orthotics, you should be supported with every step, during every activity.  Make sure you have multiple pairs of orthotics for your multiple pairs of shoes. Your feet and body will thank you!

Pick Your Perfect Shoe, Protect Your Body’s Foundation

What’s in a shoe?

Consider this: the average American takes 5,900 steps a day.1  Most people will walk thousands of miles over a lifetime.

With each step, improper footwear can cause degenerative changes in the muscles, joints and connective tissues of the feet.  Feet are the body’s foundation—when that’s compromised, everything above may shift. A body out of alignment is a body in pain, one that’s more prone to injury and disease.

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Ladies—we hope you’re listening (!), because you, especially, are at risk.  A survey on women’s shoes found that 88% of women were wearing shoes that were smaller than their feet (by an avg. of 12 cm!). Is it any wonder that 80%  reported “some foot pain” and that 76% of the women surveyed were found to have one or more foot deformity?

What’s more, high heels and pointed shoes especially can cause bunions, knee pain, and lower back pain. Heels also shift enormous pressure onto the fatty pad of the forefoot, which can lead to early breakdown and injury. The higher the heel, the greater the danger.

So here’s a quick reference guide for choosing shoes that are right for you…

Say “YES” to shoes…

  • With a square or wide toe box
  • With a heel lower than two inches high
  • With 1/2 inch of space between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe
  • With arch support (for all three of the foot’s arches, ideally)
  • With wiggle room for toes–especially the big toe

Just say “NO” to…

  • Too high heels (sorry ladies…If you MUST wear them, try to do so for no more than two hours at a time)
  • Stiletto heels (awful for balance—if you’ve got to go with heels, choose chunky instead!)
  • Pointy toed shoes (heels or otherwise)
  • Flat-as-a-board footwear like many summer sandals (if you must, fit them with orthotics)

A few more considerations:

  • Don’t go by size alone: different manufacturers size differently, plus the feet tend to grow larger as we age. With pregnancy, you can gain up to a size! 
  • Because the feet swell throughout the day—by up to 8%—do your shoe shopping toward the end of the day to ensure ample fit

Your body is your vehicle for that great adventure called Life—why risk premature break-down along the road? Wearing custom orthotics in every pair of shoes gives you the support you need for a long and fruitful journey. Shoethotics and Sandalthotics are a great choice too, because they take all the guesswork out of selecting healthy footwear, plus they’re pre-fitted with custom orthotics made just for you.

PS: We’re excited about our new custom orthotic flip-flops for guys and gals alike, which offer all the fashion and comfort of regular flip-flops, ‘cept with healthy three arch support.

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Foot Levelers’ new Catamaran custom orthotic flip-flop (cool, casual footwear for dudes).

17,000-10,000 steps a day is ideal, according to experts. 5,900 average steps for Americans — Business Insider, “Here’s how much the average American walks every day”

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