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“Mami” Loves Foot Levelers!

Foot Levelers was honored to be the subject of a recent review on the award-winning parenting blog Mami of Multiples.  

Contributor Niki Lazenby wrote that “one week into wearing my Fiji custom orthotic flip-flops, I can honestly see a huge improvement in my level of back pain!”

In addition to Fiji–which Niki calls her “new favorite pair of flip-flops”–Niki tried running in our XP3 custom orthotics.

“I felt like I was running on clouds!” she wrote.

Not only is Niki a sufferer of Chronic Low Back Pain, she is mom to an energetic toddler. She also has one “on the way”: Niki was seven months pregnant when we first met her at a Florida Chiropractic event! 

We love great reviews, but the best part of working with Niki is knowing that we helped her break the cycle of pain .  Niki had “tried everything,” but it was Foot Levelers plus Chiropractic adjustments that gave her the relief she sought.

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Niki (far right) speaking with Kent, our CEO, at Florida Chiropractic Association’s The National in Orlando last month

Niki scans herself on the Foot Levelers’ Kiosk

Email us at service@footlevelers.com or send us a message here or on Facebook to tell us your Foot Levelers story. (And if you’re a doctor, be sure to call us today to ask about our ongoing ‘PARTY’ promotion–there’s no better way to get all your patients into custom orthotics, which are research-proven to help with Chronic Low Back Pain like Niki’s!) 

 

Dr. Kris at the Sports Chiropractic Symposium Australia: Tweens, Teens and Young Adult Female Athletes

Here’s more from our awesome Dr. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli (“Dr. Kris”) who’s traveling through Australia lecturing on Chiropractic’s important role in women’s wellness. We’re honored to have such a wonderful doctor and educator on our team!

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One word to describe this group….AMAZING! It was so wonderful to meet a group of Chiropractors on the same mission of patient centered care and leading the way in the profession. At this conference I met a variety of practitioners from around Australia as well as students from Macquarie University, Murdoch University and New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

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Angelica Gaunt of Foot Levelers Australia, Dr. Lorenzo Campagna Current Sports Chiropractor NSW Chairman, Debbie Kelly-CCA and me!

The topic for my presentation at the conference was: The Female Athlete: Tweens, Teens and Young Adults. During the presentation one of the topics of interest was assisting the female athlete in understanding how to optimize training in correlation with her menstrual cycle and the impact it can have. In addition, the correlation of the biomechanics of the pelvis and conditions which effect the female patient.

The conference concluded very nicely with a gender balanced discussion panel of many untitled2speakers from the weekend related to sports Chiropractic practice….It was an incredible honor to be included.

A huge thank you to the CCA and Sports Chiropractic of Australia for including me as speaker!

As the conference ended it was now time for a walk to see some of the rest of Sydney….off to the Opera it was!

Stay tuned….. for tomorrow is a board lecture in Sydney!

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America’s Toughest Road Marathon Needs YOU!

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On April 16th, hundreds of runners from all over the world will descend upon Foot Levelers’ hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as America’s toughest road marathon.

And it’s not “just” the race. Down by Downtown is a three-day celebration of music with more than 50 acts performing at iconic local venues including the stunning Elmwood Park Amphitheater and at the marathon finish line.

Not a runner, but still want to get involved? Not a problem.

Consider joining the team that makes it happen.  It takes over 500 volunteers to pull off the big event, and there are still plenty of spots left.  So pick a time and job description that suits you and come join the fun!!

If you’re coming from out of town, check out our Visitor’s Center for lots of great advice on where to sleep, eat, and other things to see and do in our gorgeous little corner of the world. We can’t wait to host you!

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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Laura Ash

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…

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