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Heel Pain Heel pain is usually caused by rolling over of the foot (Excess Pronation). As the foot pronates, the arch collapses and the muscles (plantar fascia) and supporting structure are forced to stretch and elongate. By supporting the arches and re-aligning the lower limb to its natural angle, orthotics reduces the traction and strain on the plantar fascia, taking away this common cause of heel pain. Ball of Foot Pain This condition commonly occurs with women, however many men suffer from pain in the ball of the foot. Sometimes a callous develops in the centre of the foot and footwear may wear out in a similar fashion. It causes a burning sensation in the ball of the foot and can become very painful. Orthotics align the central three metatarsal shafts using an inbuilt met raise to correctly position and maintain the Metatarsal bone position. By balancing the weight distribution over five metatarsal bones, this helps remove excess weight & friction which commonly causes the callous and burning sensation. Morton's Neuroma This condition is generally caused by entrapment of the interdigital nerve lying between the third and fourth metatarsal bones. Ball of Foot Pain (Morton's Neuroma) exhibits similar symptoms to Metatarsalgia, but may also cause numbness, tingling and discoloration of the third and fourth (lesser) toes. Orthotics greatly assist in the early stages of Morton's Neuroma when damage to the nerve sheath is minimal. Orthotics re-align the metatarsal shafts and prevents interdigital nerve jamming. Flat Feet/Fallen Arches A true flat foot is rare. Generally, a flat footed person is only suffering from a functional flat foot caused by excess pronation. Excess Pronation causes the foot's arch to collapse & elongate giving the appearance of a flat foot. A functional flat foot is quite common and generally exhibits symptoms ranging from sore/tired feet to general leg fatigue and body aches. Orthotics are designed to control excess pronation (the common cause of functional flat feet), thereby restoring the foot's arch to normal. Bunions Bunions are a bony lump that gradually develop on the big toe joint over many years. Bunions can sometimes be very painful and at other times exhibit no pain at all. The common cause of this condition is a combination of genetic factors and poor foot function. Orthotics control excess pronation, which is a common factor causing Bunions. Orthotics redistribute the weight evenly over the foot to prevent (or reduce) the gradual growth of a bunion. Orthotics are very successful in reducing symptoms with painful Bunion conditions. Achilles Pain Achilles Tendonitis commonly occurs from shearing and stretching (tractional) forces placed on the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. Excess Pronation causes the heel bone to tilt excessively and places extra strain on the tendon. Inflammation of the tendon is a common result along with tightening of the calf muscles.
Orthotics align the heel bone and significantly reduces the shearing and stretching forces on the Achilles Tendon, thereby providing relief from Achilles Pain. Callous and Corns Callous and Corns develop from excess friction and rubbing on the foot. Corns normally develop on the upper joints of the toes, whilst callous generally develops under the sole of the foot (especially under the big toe/little toe joint and central ball of the foot). Corns and callous commonly develop when excess pronation disrupts the normal metatarsal bone relationship in the foot and this causes the toes to claw. Friction & rubbing from your footwear then causes corns and callous to develop on the tops of your toes and/or the bottom of your feet. Orthotics control excess pronation and prevents dropping of the metatarsal bones and furthermore clawing of the toes. Thereby removing this friction and rubbing which causes corns and callous.
Tired/aching legs are commonly caused by strain and traction on the calf muscles at the back of the legs. This occurs when the feet roll over and the legs rotate internally. In turn, this places stress on the leg muscles.
Orthotics control 'excess pronation' - decreasing internal rotation of the leg and traction on the calf muscles, thereby taking away this common cause of tired/aching legs.
Rolling over of the feet - excess pronation - causes the lower leg to rotate internally. As a result, the pelvis is forced to tilt forward, which can cause an increased curvature of the lower back. This is referred to as 'poor body posture'. Especially after standing up-right for longer periods the curvature in back will cause tightness and stiffness of the lower back muscles.
By controlling 'excess pronation' of the feet, orthotics help improve your body posture. Because the feet are now properly aligned, internal rotation of the legs and forward pelvic tilt are greatly reduced, thereby easing low back pain.
A common condition in athletes caused by abnormal friction & rubbing of the Ilio-tibial band muscle over the knee & hip joints. This condition commonly exhibits a gradual but rather severe pain on the outside knee joint and less commonly on the outside hip section. Sometimes, simply walking up or down stairs may aggravate this condition. The pain usually subsides immediately upon rest but re-occurs with activity.
Orthotics control the internal rotation of the shin bone (tibia) and furthermore the rotation on the knee & hip joint via the in-built 4 degree rearfoot varus wedge. Thereby, reducing stretching (tractional) and frictional forces on the Ilio-tibial band muscle. Stretching of the Ilio-tibial band muscle is advised.
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My Orthaheel experience
from Mt. Pleasant, On
I recently purchased the Hannah mule from Orthaheel, as I needed some slip-on shoes that provide the comfort and support I need. I have 2 or 3 pairs of Orthaheel sandals that I live in all summer, and absolutely love how great they make my feet feel. I am happy with the mules, however, find them a bit wide, and like others have said, I too wish there was a narrower width available. I will continue to purchase other styles made by Orthaheel, and hope for some width choices in the future. I have had plantar fascitis, and most likely now arthritis, and these shoes are my saviour!!!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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My go to slip-on shoe
By Babs in BC
I appreciate the extra suppport in the easy-to-wear shoes. I wear these slip-ons fequently. I bought the wineberry and found the color darkened considerably when I protected them with mink oil, but I preferred the darker color to the original.
Easy and comfortable!
This is another one of my purchases from TSC's Orthaheel line, I am now addicted to this shoe line, I just love how easy they are to wear and how good they are for your feet, I purchased mine at TSC's outlet store on Orfus Road and just loved them. I find that Orthaheel is a larger fitting shoe as I am a 10 and I can get away with a 9, try them you will not be sorry!
comfortabe footwear that looks very good
Love the footwear from Orthaheel. Have bought a couple of different type of their shoes and love them all. Comfortable to wear and easy to adjust with the straps. Keep up the good work
I have a couple of different pairs of Orthaheel shoes. They are my go to shoe especially when my feet hurt. I love this shoe it feels great on my foot, however, as with some other complaints I see here, every little water drop makes a unremovable stain on the upper shoe. I would love to wear these shoes outside of the house, but I know they would look horrible after one wear to the city. I would love to see a shoe from Orthaheel with a bit of heal!
Very nice shoe
from NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
I love these shoes for the summer,easy to get on/off. For me they fit a little big, but does not effect the wear. Something did get on the top of the shoe, and i could not get it off, so there is a dark stain on them now,but i use these as a every day shoe, and any new shoe does not look new for long.I bought my regular size 7.
leather upper please!
By longtime shopper
Purchased two pair at showstopper price - one for a gift and other for myself. Yes these offer good arch support but I find the manmade materials make the shoe too hot for me. I have relegated them to 'house shoes' vs wearing slippers.
I bought my first pair as a show stopper and was not sure what to expect. Well I have bought three more paires since. My daughter grabbed one and I gave one to a friend who had knee surgery. She lives in them since her surgery. I have had no problems with odor. I have a back injury and these shoes really help..they are the Best!, A great buy and really work.
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Comfortable support all day long
I bought 2 pairs of the Hannah Slip-on on sale, in black and wear them as slippers and indoor shoes at home and at the office. Very comfortable, the footbed is a bit soft and bouncy and wearing them has reduced my back and leg pain at night to almost un-noticable levels. I really really like the tread on these shoes as it makes it very safe feeling to walk on wood or tile floors without danger of sliding or slipping. One thing I have noticed, is that since my second toes on both feet are a tiny bit longer than my big toes, these two toes seems to bang into the toebox of the shoe a lot and can be a bit sore at the end of the day. However, that is a minor issue for me. I guess I must have narrow feet because I find the shoe upper to barely touch my feet anywhere, the cross strap on the top doesn't touch my foot at all. However, I detest tight shoes so I actually consider this a plus; that I can wear them and not have my feet be squashed or compressed. I really like how the heel is lower than the arch as that seems to be exactly what my back and legs are looking for regarding comfort.I did remove a star for the odor generating issue. Of course my feet are always clean and dry but for some reason, my feet sweat quite a bit in these shoes. At home and the office its possible to kick these off quickly to let them air out and dry out a bit, but if someone were to wear these for hours these shoes would quickly degenerate into stinkbombs :). I wish the manufacturers could come up with a solution to this problem that actually prevents the odor in the first place. None of my regular shoes or boots seem to have this odor problem. I have other Orthaheel sandals that I wear in spring and summer and they also have the stink problem, especially if they get water on them from rain or a garden sprinkler or whatever. I've been reduced to spraying my sandals with bacteria killing fabric spray and letting them sit for a day or two before they are wearable without an overpowering smell. Considering they are sandals, and "rubber" they shouldn't have that issue in the first place, since there is plenty of air circulation and dry quickly. I also an disappointed that these shoes do not come in a narrow width as my mother who has very very narrow feet would love to have some of these shoes but cannot keep them on her feet, even tightening the velcro strap to the max. It could be dangerous for her to use these shoes because of slipping out of them and maybe tripping and falling. On the whole, I am very happy with these shoes and the drawbacks mentioned do not prevent me from recommending this brand of shoes to everybody who asks about them.
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COMFORTABLE FOR MY FEET
I bought two pairs when they were a showstopper. The value is good for these shoes as they are really well made. I was hoping to wear them as indoor shoes for the winter. My feet feel very good while wearing but I have a problem with my legs aching at the end of the day. I can't wear them more than two days in a row. If we could get this fab support with a bit of a heel it would make the world of difference for me anyway. Like I said they are good value but I won't be buying any more. Its the heel lower than my foot that is causing my legs to ache. I would recommend but with caution...