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New Athletic TIPS™: Prevention and Treatment of Shin Splints in Young Runners

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Check out this new TIP on keeping young runners injury-free from our friends at Athletic TIPS! Step 1: Fit the athlete “for custom-made flexible orthotics for support, symmetry of the arches, and shock absorption.” A body balanced at its foundation works better, stronger, and is less likely to get injured. Read more here!

 

 

Mission Accomplished! Abby Oliver at the Finish Line of America’s Toughest Road Marathon

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Abby Oliver in our Sales and Service department did great in the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon this past Saturday. Liz on our team chatted with Abby at the finish line after Abby completed the grueling 26.2 miles–in her Foot Levelers’ XP3+ orthotics, no less–check out our new video here!

Big congrats to Foot Levelers’ team members Abby, Josh Barto and Steve Stone–and to all those who braved America’s Toughest Road Marathon! See you next year!

Look Who Made the Front Page!

RT coverWe’re excited for our own Abby Oliver, who graces the front page of The Roanoke Times today, our hometown paper!

Abby is a rockstar in our Sales and Service department and an accomplished basketball player in her “previous life”–to say the least. The Times talked to her about training for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon–her very first marathon, and known as America’s toughest–happening just steps from our office door tomorrow!

‘Course, Abby is no stranger to challenges.  Among a mile-long list of achievements, she was the University of Richmond’s women’s team 7th Leading All-Time Scorer when she graduated in 2012, and the nation’s best at the free throw line. Read that again: the nation’s best. Number 1, Numero Uno, Top Dog, Queen Bee. Holy wow. Before joining our team, Abby played pro overseas.

At Foot Levelers, Abby helps doctors from all over the world choose the right custom-made orthotics for their patients, many of whom are professional athletes. Her experience on the court makes her a natural when it comes to helping docs help patients stay injury-free and performing at their peak.

We know Abby will do great at The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, and we’ll all be rooting for her at the finish line. Go Abby go! 

80° with 100% Electricity at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

The clanging of cowbells, the cheers of supporters, the slapping of rubber against pavement as one by one runners crossed the finish line, exhausted but exhilarated, triumphant and often emotional — these are just a few of the sights and sounds from this weekend’s Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. The mercury surged to 80 and the sun was unrelenting, but the air hummed with excitement. Click on the images below to enjoy the short videos.

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High fives across the finish line

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David Stewart Wiley (right), Music Director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, along with his 12-year-old son Misha, encouraging runners with a live rendition “Chariots of Fire” (thanks to Maestro Wiley for this clip!)

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Another view of the finish line

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More excitement from the finish line

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Amy Ostrofe of Suffolk, Virginia (runner in pink), women’s winner of the Blue Ridge Marathon with a time of just over 3:25

Scenes from the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon!

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Approaching the finish line!

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High five–she’s made it across the finish!

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Go MOM!

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The finish line

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A few of the hardworking volunteers who make it possible

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Brandon Miles, who finished the half marathon first in his age group. “Was it tough?” we asked. “Yes! Especially Peakwood Drive.”

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A beautiful day for a run

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Foot Levelers near the finish line

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Cheerleaders near the finish line

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At the Foot Levelers booth, Kristina Piluso (left) talks to a runner about how maintaining a healthy, stable foundation helps athletic performance

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Kristina readies the 3D BodyView for a foot/postural assessment

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The marathon’s oldest female runner, Betsy Davis, age 73, with the captain of her fan club

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Super gals!

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Just steps away from the finish line…

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Another runner makes it under the 4 hour mark!

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“Hey Mom–I finished!”

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Friends, runners, champions

Meet Our Marathon Volunteers: Laura Ash

Nine days and counting until the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! We’re pleased to introduce Laura, one of our most enthusiastic marathon volunteers. Laura helps man the Mill Mountain aid station where runners refuel with water and snacks around mile 12.

Name: Laura Ash

Years with Foot Levelers: 17

Role at Foot Levelers: “Layout Technician. When 3D foot scans or foam casting kits arrive [with foot impressions from patients], I look at the image and what the doctor says, and I design the orthotics,” based on Foot Levelers’ proprietary method.

Role at the Blue Ridge Marathon: “I hand out the water and snacks on top of Mill Mountain and I’m a cheerleader.”

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Runners crossing the starting line at the 2014 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

What made you decide to volunteer? “The very first year I volunteered for the Workout for Payout points” [credits that Foot Levelers offers employees toward free health insurance, days off, and other goodies, earned by eating healthy, exercising, and volunteering].  “But once I got up there to Mill Mountain, I got caught up!

It’s amazing to me: watching that first wave of runners; they’re like a wave of gazelles. Then the people with physical challenges come—and it’s so inspiring…Last year there was a gentleman in a wheelchair; he had no use of his legs, he was doing it all with his arms…

All your life from this high you hear, ‘you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ Some of these runners are disabled, some of them are not so young–they’re older than I am! So seeing them out there reminds you that ‘yes, you really can do whatever you put your mind to.’ It brings that to life.”

How do you feel about Foot Levelers’ involvement in the marathon? “It makes me proud to be part of Foot Levelers, because the marathon brings so much to Roanoke, and we’re giving back to a community that has given so much to us.  We’re also showing people how our orthotics can help, whether you’re a professional athlete or just running around the block for fun.”

What are your favorite orthotics? “I like the InMotion… I have them in the shoes I’m wearing right now. I’ll be wearing them on race day too!”

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Meet Our Marathon Runners: Brandon Harmon

It’s in less than 2 weeks: Runners from all over the world descend upon Foot Levelers’ hometown of Roanoke, Virginia for The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. With over 7,430′ of elevation change through the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s a reason it’s called America’s Toughest Road Marathon.

We’ll be spotlighting a few of our company’s runners and volunteers as the event draws near. So without further adieu, meet Brandon…

Name: Brandon Harmon

Brandon competing in the 2014 Foot Levelers' Blue Ridge Marathon

Brandon competing in the 2014 Foot Levelers’ Blue Ridge Marathon

Age: 25

Years with Foot Levelers: 7

Role: Associate Hardware Technician (“I make sure all our 3D BodyView systems are up-to-date with software and ready to use!”)

Number of marathons run: “This is my second marathon—I did the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon last year—so it’s my second running event, ever!”

Training schedule: 3x weekly runs which culminate into 1 long weekend run.I started with 1 mile 3 times a week, which added up to a 3 mile run on the weekend. I try to build by 2-4 miles every week. This week I’ll run 22.”

What made you decide to participate? “It was more on a whim than anything. Last year other people were doing it, so I figured I’d give it a shot too. I wasn’t concerned about my time, just about finishing.” (He finished). “I train in the Foot Levelers’ gym or when the weather’s nice I run outside. The company has been really supportive about my participation. People like Steve Stone [VP of Operations at Foot Levelers, who is also running] have also been very helpful and encouraging.”

And how was it? “Before I was a little nervous, but I just knew I had to finish. After I was dead tired. My legs were like lead. It’s really tough on your body. I did very little training last year—I had only run up to 8 miles before doing the whole 26 mile marathon—but I’m not making that mistake this year!

How are you feeling about this year? “I’m feeling good. I think my time will be much better this year. My InMotion orthotics help me run and train at my best!”

My Chiropractor Wants to See My Feet. …(Wait — What?)

You’ve finally made an appointment to see your Chiropractor. Perhaps it’s low back pain that brings you in, or bouts of throbbing headaches and you’re tired of popping pills. Or maybe you’re a runner who’s training for a big event and you’re hoping your Doctor can help you stay in tip-top shape to avoid injury. All of these are great reasons to see a Chiropractor, and some of the most common.

Appointment day arrives and the Doctor begins her exam. Suddenly, she’s asking to see the bottoms of your shoes (wait—what?) and then tells you to remove your shoes and socks completely. She leads a now-barefooted you over to what she calls a “3D digital foot scanner.” You’re instructed to “step right up.”

At this point you may be wondering: What in the world do my feet have to do with anything? Or, Did I take a wrong turn and end up at the podiatrist’s office?

As it turns out, feet have to do with a lot and there’s good reason for your Chiropractor to be interested in them. Chiropractors are trained to look at a patient’s entire body structure, and the foundation of that structure is the feet. Think of your body as a building. The way the building is put together is important, because it determines how it will hold up to stress and age. The foundation is especially important, because everything sits on top of it. When there are cracks in the walls or ceiling – in the analogy, that’s the low back pain or headaches that prompted you to call the Doctor in the first place – problems in the foundation may be to blame.

Your feet may feel just fine, but that doesn’t mean they’re not causing trouble up above. Foot imbalance or dysfunction can have ripple effects, transferring problems (and pain) to the legs, knees, hips, spine, shoulders, even skull. (The 3D foot scan helps your Doctor detect otherwise “silent” problems with the feet; so does examining the wear patterns on your shoes). We’ll talk more about foot imbalances in future posts, but in the meantime, when your Chiropractor asks to look at your feet, don’t hesitate. Good health starts from the ground up!

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Runners, On Your Mark: 30 Days and Counting til America’s Toughest Road Marathon

7,430′ of elevation change through the Blue Ridge Mountains makes The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon America’s toughest road marathon.

Are you ready? It’s not too late to join the starting line on April 18th, 2015 in Foot Levelers’ gorgeous, mountain hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. Check it out:

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Recently announced: Big Head Todd and the Monsters headline the post-race concert! Stay tuned for more…

And Now, A Word from Our Doctors…

We received this great message from Dr. Amy Olson in Birmingham, Michigan about her marathon-running patient!

“One of my most memorable patients, an avid runner, suffered from knee and shin pain when I first saw her. The runner was forced to abandon her goals of marathon events but one day said, ‘Forget this!,’ and made an appointment to see me, determined to run in the 2010 Chicago marathon.

She suffered from two very common problems: pelvic torsion, causing a leg-length discrepancy, and the inability to maintain the arches of her feet in a weight-bearing position. Both of these conditions are extremely common and can lead to problems such as: plantar fasciitis, shin splints, patellar tracking dysfunction (knee pain), low back pain, upper back pain, neck pain, and even headaches. For a runner these problems can become magnified due to the extreme stress on the joints of the spine, legs and feet.

I began my patient on a treatment plan of chiropractic adjustments targeting the spine and feet, stretching, massage therapy, and Foot Levelers functional orthotics. Once the pain was under control, my patient continued to see me once per week for the months leading up to the marathon. On the big day, my patient finished the marathon without a hitch.”

Thanks Dr. Amy! We’re glad we could help.

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