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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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I do not want to sound like a hypocrite, but I felt it only proper to add an addendum to my initial review. I am a Size 7 1/2 in approximately 98% of my shoes, sandals, and boots. I really like this sandal. It is everything I say above; attractive; well-made, etc. But, I reviewed these a little too quick. For after I wore them inside my home, on the carpet only, I realized that the size 7 was too short in length for my right foot, which like most people. The arch hit perfect. But I kept hitting the back edge of the sandal. The length it just a bit too short. Before returning them I had a PVR recording of one of the shows co-hosted by the owner of Orthaheel, so later I went back to watch. The owner had suggested going UP a 1/2 size, not DOWN a 1/2 size., even though the Product Overview stated going down a 1/2 size, as did the TSC customer support people. That gets confusing when all are not on the same page for information. So I returned the 7 and ordered a size 8. That did not work either.They were far too big. The arch was in the wrong place. They would not stay on my foot easily flopped around inside and could not be adjusted to stay on. I was so so disappointed. The size 8 had to be returned. Please ORTHAHEEL, why will you not make half sizes?? You show how important foot placement is in footwear. You show with a marked foot how significant the pronation can be. You speak of how well the product is made. But when it gets so difficult to get a sandal to fit your feet, one has no choice but to opt for companies that make 1/2 sizes. That 1/2 size makes or breaks how a shoe, a sandal, or boot fits. Please consider 1/2 sizing. I would still recommend this sandal for those whose feet it will fit. That is why I docked stars. And it gets annoying having to send your purchases back & forth to find a size that should fit.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I ordered the Black with the snake print and they are not only a beautiful looking sandal, but extremely comfortable. It was hard to pick between the three since I like them all. I like their adjustability when the feel swell during the summer through the day. These are easy to walk in for a two strap sandal which was a concern for me since I have ordered a two strap pair previously and had to return them. They were too hard to keep on the feet & kept sliding off.The straps seemed to be in the wrong placement to keep them on without gripping constantly with your toes which is impossible. I have not experienced the same problem with these at all. I love orthaheel/Dr. Weil sandals. They have made such a difference to my posture and aching feet. I am thrilled that they are getting more daring in their designs and colors. I am hoping that they come up with some great fall/winter shoe & boot designs so I can have healthy feet all year, not just for 2-3 months in our short Canadian summers. Absolutely recommend them.