If you are like the majority of people with some degree of arch loss, either from birth or overtime, there are some critical facts you need to know. All common foot problems, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, calluses and corns, etc. are usually caused by a low arch when we are standing, walking, and running (weight-bearing activities). There are a number of reasons why so many of us have, at varying degrees, flat feet. Mostly it comes down to body weight, gravity, and our ever-changing walking surfaces, from concrete to carpet, to tile, to wood floors. The first two are constantly flattening the foot down against the hard surfaces we live on. The ligaments that support the bones of the foot get stretched out and our arches drop.
The real question, then, is what is the best way to hold the arches up, correct the way our feet work, and fight body weight, gravity and concrete? Sole Supports are different than the typical custom orthotics. They are designed like an engineer would design the best way to build a bridge, looking at the real forces involved and how best to manage them.
There are three critical things that an orthotic has to have in order to be effective:
- Orthotics must capture the properly corrected position of the foot: as high an arch as the foot can make with heel and forefoot flat on the ground
- The orthotic must make full contact with the entire foot in this position, especially with the corrected arch position.
- The orthotic must be rigid enough to maintain this corrected position against the person’s weight and gravity, yet flexible enough to be comfortable upon impact with a typical concrete floor.
These are the main reasons we are highly confident the Sole Supports are different and can provide an effective standard for foot relief that helps prevent as well as treat all the common foot and lower leg conditions caused by poor foot function. These conditions include:
-Iliotibial band syndrome
-Lower back pain
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