25% of the bones in the body are in your feet
Orthotics Ease Full Body Joint Pain
Your feet are a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, 38 muscles and tendons. Is it any wonder that 75% of North Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees, at some point in their lives?
What do MY FEET have to do with it?
The health of your feet has a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, even subtle changes in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can throw off the balance of your entire body, and put stress on joints higher up, leading to more serious problems in other places you may not realize are being affected.
Your feet have an important job; with every step you make throughout the day, you are making an impact on your whole body. Because of gravity’s pull, walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight.
Running produces pressure three or four times your body weight, when combined with the pull of gravity. Studies by the American Podiatric Medical Association have found that the average person will walk 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day and 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Each person has ultimately taken enough single steps in their lifetime to circle the globe four times!
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes, supplying both support and comfort, as well as improving the functioning of the bones and muscles in your feet. Health care practitioners prescribe orthotics to patients suffering from chronic foot or lower limb pain, those that have physical disabilities and to athletes to help maximize performance, and minimize injury, during both training and competition.
Orthotics come in a variety of styles to fit all types of lifestyles.
- SuperFlex — An orthotic for patients who require one pair of orthotics to wear in the majority of their shoes. Our Superflex orthotics can be worn in most shoes with the exception of slip on dress shoes.
- CushionFlex — An orthotic specifically designed for feet that can afford to sacrifice some correction for increased comfort and cushioning. This orthotic is suitable for an arthritic patient or a geriatric patient. A slightly bulkier orthotic that will fit in most casual shoes and walking shoes.
- KidsFlex — An orthotic for young children who require orthotic support in their sport or casual shoes. Designed with a deep heel cup to accommodate the larger fat pad found on the heel of a young child.
- RunFlex — The Runflex orthotic is specially engineered for the high performance runner/court player. The unique design of this orthotic allows for increased shock absorption and greater directional control for athletes on the run.
- SportFlex — A generic sport orthotic for athletes and other active patients who require increased biomechanical control while on their feet. This orthotic is designed to prevent sport or workplace related injuries by protectin against pressure and impact shock.
- EagleFlex — The EagleFlex is a suitable orthotic for golfers who require biomechanical balance during their golf swing, as well as comfort and support while walking the golf course.
- SkiFlex — A sport-enhancing orthotic designed for the avid skier. The Skiflex ensures greater control while on the slopes or on the trails.
- SkateFlex — A generic sport orthotic desgined to fit ice skates or figure skates. Each Skateflex is cut perfectly to fit into the athlete’s skate, increasing the comfort of their feet during their time on the ice.
- SoccerFlex — Designed to prevent sport related injuries by protecting against pressure and impact shock.
- CourtFlex — Designed to take pressure off the Achilles Tendon, promote greater ankle dorsiflexion and increase shock absorption.
- FashionFlex — An orthotic for women who require support in their narrow high heel pump shoes or in their dance shoes.
- DressFlex — An orthotic designed for patients who require mild to moderate biomechanical control in their slip-on or narrow cut dress shoes. This thin and narrow orthotic slips easily into slim fitting dress shoes.
- DiabeticFlex — TOG is pleased to announce that we have changed the standard diabeticflex. It now includes a vinyl sandwich as well as 1/8″ blue poron foam. A specialty accommodative orthotic designed for diabetic patients. The Diabeticflex has been specifically created to relieve high pressure areas and prevent the formation of ulcers on the diabetic foot.
- GaitPlates — These specialty accomodative orthotics have been designed to induce toe out and toe in.
- UCBL — A specialty accomodative orthotic designed for children. These orthotics include high, hard, medial & lateral flanges, with deep heel cups.
- SafetyFlex — Designed for workers who want the ultimate in comfort, shock absorption, stability, support and durability.
Put your feet on the right path! Make an appointment for a TOG GaitScan™ screening.