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!
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!
We’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.
Do you over-pronate?
If you do, should you care?
The answer is yes! Over-pronation can lead to a host of problems in the joints, bones, and muscles, not to mention the feet. These problems inevitably get worse over time.
But first, let’s back up a moment. What in the heck is “pronation” anyway?
In short, pronation describes the way your foot rolls inward when you walk and run, specifically, as your foot makes contact with the ground. Pronation is nature’s way of reducing shock on the feet, legs, and everything above, and it’s part of the “gait cycle,” or the interrelated sets of movements that keep you mobile while upright.
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.
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.
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
Years with Foot Levelers: 7
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.”
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:
Recently announced: Big Head Todd and the Monsters headline the post-race concert! Stay tuned for more…
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.