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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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By Liza G.
This is my 2nd pair of the Yolandas that I've purchased....and about the 10th or 12th pair of orthaheels that I own ....they are the most comfortable shoes ever...I wear them all the time practically. I also have the half insoles for me and a pair for my guy...and we rotate them through many of our non-orthaheel shoes. Can't say enough good things about these shoes...they've changed my life as far as the comfort of my feet go. YAY!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Finally a good-for-you AND cute sandal
from Calgary, AB
I absolutely love these sandals and I think I might only wear Orthaheels in the future! They have soft cushioning like crocs but the foot support of an orthotic. Although I don't have a lot of over-pronation, I have bunions and experience heel pain after a long day on my feet. I can wear these for a full day and be pain-free at the end of it. I can only imagine what they would do for people with major over-pronation. I'm going on a European trip soon where I'll be doing a lot of walking, and I was having a hard time finding a sandal that's both cute to wear with dresses and comfortable/good for my feet. I've finally found what I've been looking for, and I can't wait to wear these there!
Hmmmm not sure
from Bradford, Ontario
If I had paid full price I would have sent them back. They're ok but nothing special.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Cute, comfortable just like my Tides
By JoAnne Mercedes
from Victoria BC
I have been wearing the Tide flip flop for three years and own four pair. Thought I would get this sandal in the 'gold' colour for dressier summer occasions and it feels just like the Tide.Great sandal, for my flat size 9.5 feet and the gold is a good neutral shade.
Finally, a supportive, stylish sandal.
from CORNWALLIS , NS
I was happy to buy these on sale as my new house shoes. Since I have a high arch, finding shoes with support in the arch area is a challenge. These fit the bill perfectly and are so cute at the same time. I'm not a huge fan of the toe thong style but love everything else about how these sandals feel and look.I will buy another pair in a different style as these really feel great on my feet.
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The Perfect Summer Sandal
from Etobicoke, ON
I ordered a size 8, which fits perfectly. These sandals are stylish and comfortable; a great combination. The silver tone is understated, more like a gun- metal, and goes with everything. I have been very happy with the comfort and durability of other orthaheel sandals that I've ordered, and look forward to adding these to my collection. Keep the funky styles coming!
from Niagara Falls
I just purchased these in gold and silver. The gold tone is a nice subdued gold and will go with just about anything. The silver is a really nice darker tone almost a gunmetal shade. I'm really please with both. I like that the strap is adjustable for a better fit. Also got them at the sale price so that's an added bonus!
from sault ste marie, on
what can I say, I bought a pair of these last summer and was so pleased to be able to get another pair in a different colour at a reduced price. I find them very comfortable and much more attractive than the regular cheap things, as well as the fact that these are good for your feet.
By Madame Pat
from Blind River, ON
Bought a pair of Orthaheel sandals before my March Break Holiday. Loved them so much, I bought another pair in a different colour when I got back!They are stylish and comfortable. Great with a sun dress, capris, jeans. I love them!
love this shoe
from Sudbury Ontario
I have been wearing the orthaheel in different styles for about 3 years now and love, love, love them. I'm a hairstylist and on my feet for very long days, these shoes are awesome, better then shoes I've paid hundreds of dollars for. can't say enough about their fit and their many beautiful styles.