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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Friday, September 14, 2018


Here are some fun facts about Feet:

We all know that American bodies are getting bigger, but what about our feet? In the United States, the best-selling shoe size is 8.5 for women and 10.5 for men. Those are both up a full size from 30 years ago, according to the National Shoe Retailers Association in a Chicago Tribune article. If you think you know your correct size, you could be off — a 2011 report published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery suggests that about 35 percent of people underestimated by at least half a size.

It is suggested that 9 out of 10 women wear the wrong shoe size!

Humans have nearly 8000 nerves in our feet

Compared to fingernails, toenails grow much more slowly – about 1mm a month

Fingernails and toenails grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy and teenage years

The record for the world’s largest feet belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears US size 28½

In a pair of feet, there are 250,000 sweat glands

It takes at least 5-6 months to grow an entirely new toenail

Akshat Saxena holds the world record for having the most toes with 10 digits one each foot!

In America, the average shoe size has gone up two sizes in just four decades

It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Ever Wonder Why You Would Need a Foot Orthotic?

Your Feet Are Important!

Like the foundation of a house, it all begins at the ground. Yes, flat feet are often the cause of foot pain. But, did you know that your foot structure often contributes to common ailments such as 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? In fact, the majority of individuals have some degree of limb inequality either in structure or function.

Did you know your shoe size can change even if your feet haven't necessarily "grown"?

Do you wonder if it can actually be healthy to wear a heel occasionally?

Ever wonder what a callus indicates?

Did You Know Your Foot Type is Genetic? Your foot type and how you walk is inherited from your parents, just like hair and eye color. You won't "outgrow" your foot problems, and your kids will inherit your feet! 

Foot Orthotics can help with all these conditions, as they actually help to stabilize and control the way you walk so that you are aligned properly, and you have a stronger foundation. That can result in alleviation of pain and symptoms in ALL areas of your body, not just your feet.

Why Treat All Feet the Same?
Your feet are not like anyone else's, why should your foot orthotics be the same?
The QUADRASTEP SYSTEM® is based on the different structural and functional aspects of the foot, categorizing them into 6 specific foot "types". Each foot type influences not only how you walk, but the conditions and symptoms that you may experience throughout your life.
The QUADRASTEP SYSTEM® provides truly corrective prefabricated foot orthotics (not just arch supports) that can bring immediate improvement to your symptoms! Your practitioner can select a device with the correct features for you, based on your foot type.
QUADRASTEP® orthotics are the closest you can get to a custom orthotic, without the expense and wait!
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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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Causes and Prevention: Why Your Foot and Ankle Are Killing You?

The condition of your feet can give you a lot of clues about multiple medical issues, like diabetes, arthritis, or sprain. Foot and ankle pain is a widespread problem among people of all ages and gender, and it refers to any kind of discomfort in your foot and ankles.
92.1% of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis suffer from foot pain, and it substantially impacts their life and work. – NCBI
Here we have made a list of causes that might be killing your foot and ankle.
Read the full article from Dr. Scott Gray HERE
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Are your kids ready for FALL SPORTS?

Fall is here and kids everywhere are gearing up for fall sports programs including soccer and football, track and volleyball. over 30 Million kids are involved in at least one interscholastic sports program; 21.5 Million kids are playing on one or more organized sports teams! More than 2.6 million children are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreational-related injuries

According to statistics, nearly 35.8% of injuries in kids 5-17 relate to sports and recreation. Why are Kids more susceptible to sports related injuries? 
  • Active bone growth precedes muscle and tendon lengthening creating limited flexibility and risk of overuse injuries.
  • Kids have an actively growing musculoskeletal system. Motor strength imbalances can lead to muscle strains.
  • Open physeal growth plates in kids can lead to a higher incidence of tearing injuries.
  • Kids have limited skill levels and level of conditioning (coordination issues).
  • Consider gender: Male-female ratio of injury 1.8:1, but some girls are more susceptible to particular injuries.
  • Kids have greater ligamentous laxity.

Kids are not just small adults! Adults whose bones have finished growing might simply pull a muscle or a tendon after a fall. But in a child, that same fall could injure the growth plate. One of the most commonly injured parts of the body in adolescents is the foot and ankle, particularly those involved in sports. Here are some of the more common injuries by age group:

AGES 6-12

  • Flat Feet
  • Growing Pains
  • Knee or Shin Pain
  • Osgood Schlatters disease or syndrome
  • Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever's disease)
  • Poor Posture and Postural Weakness
  • including Genu Valgus (Knock Knees)

AGES 13-17

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)
  • Plantarfasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Instability
littleSTEPS® foot orthotics for kids can help protect kids during sports activities. They can be worn in cleats or athletic shoes. littleSTEPS® products are specifically designed for kids to deliver a prescription based correction, closest you will find to matching custom UCBL devices! littleSTEPS® come in 11 sizes to fit toddlers to teens. For larger teens, a QUADRASTEP® orthotic may be more appropriate. Ask your practitioner about littleSTEPS® and QUADRASTEP® orthotics today! If you need to find a practitioner, visit our website Like us on Facebook @quadrasteps
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