SOLE SUPPORTSTM are true custom, bio-mechanical foot orthotics. An orthotic is a supportive device that is placed inside of footwear to change the mechanical function of the foot. It works dynamically during weight-bearing activities such as standing, walking, and running. Optimally, an orthotic should provide full, custom and corrected arch contact so that the foot can work in a bio-mechanically correct way.
To date, only SOLE SUPPORTS manufactures full arch contact orthotics, calibrated to flex for your weight and foot type. This is because they are more difficult to make because they must actually change the way your foot works and they need to be comfortable at the same time. Other orthotics have a one size fits all approach or are just cushions and have poor arch support that is not customized to your foot. These orthotics may feel better in your footwear; however, by failing to change foot posture and function, they will not prevent or alleviate the usual painful deformities or syndromes.
The foot is designed to un-lock, or pronate when it hits the ground for shock absorption and to conform to various terrains. It then must lock/re-stiffen or supinate for efficient leverage as it propels the body forward onto the next step. When either of these phases are excessive or out-of-synch, the foot has faulty mechanical function. The majority of people over-pronate where the arch flattens too much (flat feet) and does not re-stiffen enough for efficient propulsion. Some people do over-supinate (high, rigid arch structure) creating poor shock absorption and weight-bearing pressure concentrated in a few spots.
Pain and deformities can arise in the feet such as plantar fasciitis, corns, hammer toes, bunions, and more. Because foot function can affect the entire body, pain and dysfunction in the knees, hips, and low back can often result as well. If the problem is caught early enough, pain and deformities can often be prevented. Regular use of the SOLE SUPPORTS orthotics can often reverse a deformity development or at least prevent surgery. This happens secondary to restoring normal function of the foot mechanics which will give the body what it needs to heal itself. A typical orthotic appears to only mask your symptoms temporarily until further deformity makes things worse. When you restore healthy foot function, other treatments and therapies are more effective and have longer lasting results.
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For a professional consultation regarding whether SOLE SUPPORTSTM may be helpful to you, please contact us! Christy will evaluate and discuss your needs and can cast a custom made SOLE SUPPORTSTM for you.
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"The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground." Buddha