Friday, November 16, 2018

Treat Your Feet and be Thankful!

With Thanksgiving next week and then the big holiday rush (cue the muzak), I'm sure most of your are getting pretty tired. Especially those of you who stand on their feet all day, and then go home to stand in the kitchen and cook! Do you know your feet can cause pain all the way up your body?

Like the foundation of a house, it all begins at the ground. Your foot structure often contributes to shin, knee, hip or back pain. Have you ever wondered how a higher arch can increase the likelihood of heel pain and ankle instability, which in turn changes the way you walk? Are you aware that most adults have a leg that is longer? 

Pamper yourself this holiday season and go visit a qualified clinician and find out your foot type. Each foot type requires a different type of correction to align your feet, legs, and spine. Your clinician can explain how your foot type contributes to the type of pain you are experiencing, and how orthotics properly balance feet and can dramatically improve your overall posture and strength and decrease your pain.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

10 Things to Note About Your Child Before They Turn 10

1. In-toeing
2. Toe Walking
3. Frequent injuries anywhere in the body
4. Complaining about “growing pains”
5. “Clumsiness could be coming from poor foundation"
6. Poor posture
7. Scoliosis could be worsened or caused
8. Poor endurance during walking or running
9. Disinterest to sports involving running
10. Obesity

Are you concerned about your child's feet?

You are not alone. It is not uncommon for parents to be concerned about their child's feet!
Consider Genetics! Many adults recognize that they have feet genetically similar to their parents, but many not realize that they might have passed on these same foot traits to their children! Help your children avoid acquiring your foot problems by having their feet screened by a qualified clinician who can help you determine if treatment should be considered.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

10 Myths about feet

  1. Myth: Shoes cause bunions.
    Truth: Shoes that crowd the toes can make bunions more painful over time but shoes themselves do not cause bunions. Bunions are usually caused by a faulty mechanical structure of the foot that is inherited. The bunion itself is not inherited, but certain foot types that make people prone to developing a bunion. 
  2. Myth: Corns have roots.
    Truth: Corns, unlike calluses, have a central core of hard material, they do not, however, have roots. A corn is a build-up of skin caused by friction. In fact, many corns result from a hammertoe deformity where the toe knuckle rubs against your shoe.
  3. Myth: Cutting a notch in a toenail will ease the pain of ingrown toenails.
    Truth: If a toenail is ingrown, the nail curves down and grows into the skin. Cutting a notch into the nail does nothing, and the new nail growth will continue to curve downwards. In fact, cutting a notch can potentially cause more problems.
  4. Myth: It is normal to experience foot pain as you get older.
    Truth: It is not normal to experience foot pain at any age!
  5. Myth: There is no treatment for foot pain.
    Truth: It There are many ways to treat foot pain, including foot orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications and surgery.
  6. Myth: Doctors cannot fix a broken toe.
    Truth: There are steps you can take to make a broken toe heal better and prevent further problems like arthritis and toe deformities. When broken toes aren’t treated correctly, it can make walking and wearing shoes difficult.
  7. Myth: All foot pain is caused by poorly fitting shoes.
    Truth: Foot pain can be caused by shoes that don’t fit correctly but there are a number of medical reasons your feet might hurt that go beyond blisters and calluses, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, foot injuries and gout.
  8. Myth: Being overweight doesn’t affect my feet.
    Truth: Carrying even as few as 25 extra pounds does affect the health of your feet. Extra pounds put added pressure on your feet, contributing to the risk of developing osteoarthritis, tendon inflammation and inflammation of the plantar fascia. Also, being overweight increases your risk of developing diseases that can affect your feet, including diabetes, gout and peripheral arterial disease.
  9. Myth: Plantar warts are harmless.
    Truth: While plantar warts are caused by a virus they can cause a lot of of pain depending on where they are on your foot.
  10. Myth: You shouldn’t wear shoes if you have a foot sprain.
    Truth: Going barefoot or wearing flip-flops can make a sprain worse because you need the added support of a stable and protective shoe in order for your foot to heal.
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Friday, October 26, 2018

10 Reasons why orthotics aren’t just about feet!

10 Reasons why orthotics aren’t just about feet

1. Everything starts at the ground – just like a house

2. Proper alignment prevents future issues, less pressure on ankles

3. Less fatigue throughout the day helps you stand longer

4. Proper Biomechanics makes for more efficient movement

5. Better weight distribution

6. Orthotics can help you run longer

7. Shoes will not wear out as quickly

8. Orthotics take pressure off your joints and help your feet properly carry your weight

9. Prevent injuries – orthotics can help those with existing injuries move easier

10. Can prevent calluses and corns that come from abnormal weight distribution

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Choosing the correct orthotic

What is a foot orthotic?

By definition, a custom made foot orthotic is a medical device made to control the way a foot functions. There is a significant amount of literature that can scientifically detail what a foot orthotic should be, how they should be diagnosed, and how they should be manufactured. At the end of the day you have only one thing in mind - making your feet and overall body feel better.

A properly prescribed and manufactured foot orthotic inserted into your shoes will correct abnormalities in their biomechanical function, thus reducing pain, providing support, and preventing these deformities from progressing with age. Keep in mind that foot orthotics not only alleviate foot pain but are effective in treating hip pain, lower back pain, and knee pain that are a result of these mal-alignments in the lower body.

Orthotic Choices

There are two basic types of orthotics; accommodative and functional. Accommodative orthotics are designed to simply shift body weight away from the painful area but are not designed or intended to correct the underlying problem. These orthotics are typically made of a soft material and are referred to as "soft orthotics".

Functional foot orthotics are designed to specifically correct the abnormality and are the type of orthotic that will provide the highest level of correction and relief.

There are two types of functional orthotics; rigid and semi-rigid. Rigid orthotics are made from a firm material such as plastic or carbon fiber and are designed to aggressively correct mal-alignments of the lower extremity, i.e. pes planus. Semi-rigid orthotics are used for patients needing a more flexible device with more cushioning, i.e. pes cavus.

Our QUADRASTEP SYSTEM orthotics are a pre-fabricated custom-to-foot type foot orthotic that is the closest you can get to a custom foot orthotic with a prefab. They have all of the posting, recesses and correction of a custom functional foot orthotic at a fraction of the cost.

Your practitioner can explain how properly balanced feet can dramatically improve your overall posture and strength to optimize your bio-mechanical wellness.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

What makes littleSTEPS® Unique?

littleSTEPS® provide the same functional foot control found in prescription foot orthoses. Some of
these features are:
  • An ultra deep 30 mm heel cup to maximize rearfoot control and realign the Achilles tendon.
  • Excellent arch support with deep sidewalls to assure both comfort and correction.
  • A unique thermoplastic compound which has a combination of strength and a “soft-edge” feel for patient comfort.
  • littleSTEPS® are durable and easy to clean with soap and water.
  • Fit in most standard athletic shoes.
littleSTEPS® are sold through practitioners, to find a practitioner in your area, check out our FIND A PRACTITIONER Tool.

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