Foot Pain and Orthotics
With all the different products advertised for relief of foot pain and deformities, picking the right one for your needs can be confusing and difficult. The truth is there are quite a few people that suffer from foot ailments who are anxiously looking for a solution and some willing to try anything. It is also sadly true that the vast majority of products currently sold as foot pain solutions are useless, especially in regards to eliminating the problem long-term. So how do you find what is right and effective for you?
Foot Problems Associated With Pregnancy
If you are like the majority of people with some degree of arch loss, either from birth or over time, there are some critical facts you need to know before you can make an informed decision. All of the common foot problems, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, calluses and corns, etc. are usually caused by the lack of enough arch in the foot when we are standing, walking and running (weight-bearing activities). There are a number of reasons why most of us have some degree of flat feet, but mostly it comes down to body weight, gravity and concrete. 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.
Orthotics Before ICON
Typical custom orthotics are made based on some unproven assumptions about how to control the foot that seem to defy real-world engineering and the laws of physics. These are blindly followed simply because they are 'industry standard', not because they have been proven effective. In fact, the majority of medical studies done on the effectiveness of standard custom orthotics compared with off-the-shelf cushions or other treatments have demonstrated that they are either no better or worse! Standard custom orthotics use wedges under the heel and forefoot to try to correct foot function because that is traditional teaching. Usually the arches in these orthotics are minimal, partly because manufacturers are concerned that the casts they receive from practitioners are unreliable, and partly because the flatter the orthotic, the less chance the user will be uncomfortable. Because they avoid full and dynamic arch support, they cannot be effective in preventing arch collapse. So they end up merely being expensive. If you have flat feet, try standing on a small wedge and see if it holds your arch up!
ICON: New Technology
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? That is how we can appreciate the difference between Icon and typical custom orthotics. Icon was 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. When Dr. Marc Klein helped design ICON, he discovered three critical things that an orthotic has to have in order to be effective. First, 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. Second, the orthotic must make full contact with the entire foot in this position, especially with the corrected arch position, in order to have the mechanical power and efficiency to control the foot. Third, the orthotic must be rigid enough to maintain this corrected position against the person's weight and gravity and yet flexible enough to be comfortable upon impact with a typical concrete floor. To accomplish these three main goals, he experimented with new, reliable casting techniques to get the right custom foot mold and with materials that could offer the right blend of rigidity and flexibility for every individual foot. He now spends much of his time training healthcare practitioners, most of whom have had traditional orthotic training, the how and why of ICON.
Other Problems: Over-Supination (High-Arched, Rigid feet)
A small percentage of people have the opposite problem: their arches are too high and rigid due to congenitally tight bone structure. Their feet are very poor shock absorbers and all the force of body weight and gravity gets concentrated on a few points at the bottom of their feet. Dr. Klein discovered that his full contact orthotic design was also quite effective for this foot type because it re-distributes foot pressure evenly across the entire sole of the foot. For the first time, people with this more unusual foot problem now have a custom orthotic solution.The Results
Hopefully, now you can understand that all orthotics are not alike. ICON is proud to be setting a new, effective standard for foot relief that helps prevent as well as treat all the common foot and even lower leg conditions caused by poor foot function. Ask your health provider if ICON may be helpful for you.
Main Reasons ICON is Different:
- Conform perfectly to your arch for support
- Designed with your weight and activity levels in mind
- Engineered to actually control foot function, not just cushion it
- Captures the foot in the ideal position for weight bearing activities
- Top quality materials
If you have any questions about ICON Orthotics or any other orthotic problems, contact us today at 561-447-7571.
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What Our Patients Say
by Charlie A.
"I experienced heel pain for about a year and a half and it got to the point where I couldn't get out of bed...Now I'm back up to about 98% and I can crank out 2 hour runs without any pain and no problem at all."
"I have had problems with my feet for many years, and I had stopped exercising because of it. I was fitted with a sports orthotic by Dr Klein, and with his help I have had a improvement with them. I am back to running and could not have done it without Dr. Klein."
"I visited Dr. Klein due to a Plantar problem in my right heel. Dr. Klein was extremely professional in his diagnosis and treatment of my problem. My condition was extremely painful to me for three weeks prior to my visit. I was fitted for a specialty sports orthotic and the results were dramatic. I no longer have pain when I walk or play golf. my balance in my golf swing has greatly improved and walking is no longer a painful experience. Highly recommend."
Marc B. Klein, DPM
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Foot or Ankle Pain?
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