Foot Levelers Shoe Orthotics

Foot-Levelers-logoYou may have read my post onorthotic insoles and saw I mentioned Foot Levelers Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers. Foot Levelers make a custom-made orthotic insole that can be inserted in shoes and sandals for your feet to help improve your spinal health.

Foot Levelers the company was originally started by Monte Greenawalt, a US chiropractor, over 55 years ago. So Foot Levelers have been manufacturing custom-made orthotic insoles for shoes for many years which they like to call Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers.

The belief is that your feet are the foundation for your entire body. So like most structures in the world, your body’s foundation must be balanced to support the weight above it. If the foot arches in one or both of your feet collapse or dysfunction then, your body doesn’t get the correct postural support, causing an imbalance in your skeletal frame and neurological tone. So read on if you would like to know more about Foot Levelers spinal pelvic stabilizers as a choice for shoe orthotics.

Posture Imbalance from the Feet Up

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Posture Kinetic Chain Effect

As can be seen in the adjacent picture, the body is a biomechanical kinetic chain. If there are abnormal movements at one line, or joint, these can interfere with proper movements at other joints.

This means that excessive pronation of the foot or feet could have an effect further up the kinematic chain, even all the way into your spine.

What is Foot Pronation?

Pronation is a term that describes the normal rotation of a body part downward or inward. Foot pronation is actually a normal action that occurs when walking.

However, if foot pronation happens excessively, then pronation can contribute to global postural problems. The major cause of over-pronation or excessive pronation in the feet is a decrease in the foot arch height.

Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers?

The normal foot anatomy has three distinct arches, which create an architectural vault. The three foot arches are the medial, lateral and transverse arches. So the three arches help improve our postural stability and walking/running function.

Foot Levelers believe that properly fitted Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers in your shoes help support the feet to control excessive and unwanted pronation or supination. The result should be to reduce any unwanted mechanical and neurological stresses on the body.

Providing improved shock absorption through shoe orthotics should help reduce repetitive stress on joints and muscles, permitting smoother function and possibly decreasing arthritic symptoms. So if you were to wear shoe orthotics like the Foot Levelers Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers it would be for the long-term.

Foot Levelers Spinal Pelvic Stabilizer shoe orthotics look at supporting the foot through the three phases of the gait cycle which are: heel strike, mid-stance, and toe-off.

Each pair of shoe orthotics from Foot Levelers can be varied according to your activity level and what your chiropractor feels would be best for you. You could see the full product range by Foot Levelers including Brooks running shoes with built in custom made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizer shoe orthotics.

You could also see my pair of shoe orthotics called the “original spinal pelvic stablizers” what they look like after 2 years daily wear.

Scanning your Feet Arches

Foot Levelers latest tool for scanning the three arches of your feet is the Associate Platinum™ foot scanner.

The Associate Platinum™ foot scanner provides a foot scan that lets a chiropractor examine your feet and each foot’s three arches. Your chiropractor can then show you a colour photo of your feet instantly.

The foot and arch scans may help you understand and see where you place pressure and if there is a difference between the left and right foot. All this information would aid in helping you understand how dysfunction in your feet could affect the rest of your body. It is from these feet scans on the Associate Platinum™ that a pair of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers can be custom-made for your shoes.

To perform the digital feet arch scan on the Foot Levelers Associate Platinum™ scanner, to see how well supported your feet are, can be done within a minute by your chiropractor.

Foot Levelers Associate Platinum™ foot arches scans can help your chiropractor to screen for postural imbalances that contribute to problems in any number of places, like your knees, hips, and lower back, even if your feet don’t hurt!

So from the digital foot scan any areas of abnormal pressure can be seen, which could show an imbalanced distribution of weight between the feet indicating a fatigue of one of the three arches of the foot.

Who Can Benefit from Shoe Orthotics?

So far I have mentioned how the feet are the foundation of the entire spinal pelvic structures posture. This would mean that any fatigued fallen foot arch can cause pain, now or later in life, in either the feet, knees, hips, or back.

From my own personal experience with lower back pain and shoe orthotics I found that dysfunctional arches play a role in lower back pain, which can be helped with a good pair of shoe orthotics.

So I feel most of us could benefit from wearing a good pair of shoe orthotics to help performance or prevent pain, like lower back pain. So should you want to find a chiropractor somewhere in the world who is recommending and prescribing Foot Levelers custom made spinal pelvic stabilizers shoe orthotics you can contact Foot Levelers here.