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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 love Orthaheel
from Cumberland (Ontario)
Very comfortable, I wear them all the time. I am glad that they have size 5.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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These are wonderful slippers
from Calgary, Alberta
I am so pleased with my purchase of these slippers. I bought my first pair around Christmas and it made such a difference in my posture, feet and back. If you have problems with your feet and lower back you can say goodbye to that!I just received my second pair recently just because I wanted to have a second pair. I certainly haven't worn out the first pair, but I wanted the versatility of the both of them. I have also purchased 3 pair of the showstopper sandles offered recently and they are wonderful as well.Do yourself a favor and order a pair. You can't go wrong!
i use this slippers inside and out and they are nice and comfortable,as far as know these are ment for women but i got them not knowing that,any way once i got them they fit and they were awsome i love orthaheel i have several of their shoes and slippers,only issue is they are not ment to be used for a long time because my feet hurts if i ware it for longer than few hours.not for work,unless your feet are curved just like the shape of orthaheel.
Not for me
from picton, ontarip
I was told I have plantar fasciitis, but my left heel no longer bothers me as much as my right hip. Not sure what is going on. I thought I would try orthaheel, unfortunatley I had to return them because they made my hip hurt more.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
( 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I have ordered but not received these yet and I am tracking them and hope to have them tomorrow. I have bought Orthoheel slippers before and I live in them, inside and out. I have pretty much worn my last ones (after years of wear) out but they sure don't owe me anything. I like the fact that they are washable and adjustable and look like sandals outside. I will never buy any other kid of slippers or sandals as long as I can get Orthoheels.
These slippers are great.
from Red Deer
First of all, orthotic slippers are almost impossible to find so I'm delighted to be able to purchase them on TSC. I find the slippers very warm but they are comfortable and, bottom line, when I wear these I have no heel pain.
Warm and cozy
Comfy and warm. Fit a little big on a narrow foot. Wish I would have bought a smaller size.
Wasn't sure, but pleasantly surprised
from central Ontario
I needed a new pair of slippers, but had trouble finding any with support. I have slate floors, and need something with good support, or my feet and back get sore. I thought these were expensive, but ventured to try. I really think they are a good fit for what I need. I had to start wearing orthotics this year, and these do the trick. At first I was concerned, because the first two days wearing, my feet hurt. They are a bit rigid, but once I got used to wearing them, they are perfectly fine. Would buy again. There is nothing in the stores like this. I looked and could not find.
Good quality and support
By Callie the Pooch
from Vancouver, BC
I have purchased slippers from Orthaheel in the past and found them to be excellent support for my arches. These are the leopard slip ons and they seem to be good as well. Bring back more of the sole inserts that have been offered in the past, I like to add them to shoes I have already.
Cute & Comfortable
By Discerning Shopper
I don't wear or need orthotics, but I have tile & hardwood floors throughout my home and when my feet are sore & tired after a hard workout at the gym, these slippers are the perfect footwear of choice. They're super comfortable, provide great support and as an added bonus, they're really cute (I purchased the black with white spots).