Superfeet: The Original Support since 1977
Superfeet® founders, doctors Dennis Brown, D. SC (Hon) and Chris Smith, D.P.M., combined over 90 years of experience and biomechanical expertise to develop the distinct Superfeet shape. Pioneers of prescription graphite orthotics at their Northwest Podiatric Laboratory, Dennis and Chris found that the majority of people – upwards of 80% – would benefit from a biomechanically correct insole.
So they founded Superfeet Worldwide in 1977 with a simple mission: To design and manufacture affordable professional grade orthotics with as much medical knowledge as they could at a fraction of the price of custom-crafted orthotics.
That original mission holds true today. Initially the company focused on developing affordable, custom insoles for skiers, but now the product line includes full-length and ¾-length insoles for all styles of footwear and types of activity.
AN UNSTABLE FOOT CAN LEAD TO:
REPORTED CONDITIONS WHICH HAVE SHOWN POSITIVE IMPROVEMENT FROM USING SUPERFEET
There are many causes of Achilles tendonitis, seen in patients with all different foot types. Most often, Achilles tendonitis can be linked to increasing activities over a short period of time, particularly increased running, walking or hiking distances too quickly before the tendon can develop the strength and flexibility to adapt to the new activity.
Achilles tendonitis also happens frequently in runners who perform their training in sturdy training shoes with elevated heels (all running training shoes), and then do a race or fast training in a race flat or spike that often has little to no heel elevation. This causes the Achilles tendons to have to stretch up to an inch more than they were used to, due to the training shoe artificially elevating the heel..
The same situation is seen in women who usually wear shoes with high heels and then attempt to wear a shoe with a lower heel. The Achilles tendon is placed under additional stress that it is not used to and it becomes inflamed.
Achilles tendonitis can affect any part of the tendon, but most commonly affects the tendon at its insertion on the heel or just a few centimeters above the insertion.
Shoes that rub on the back of the heel can irritate the Achilles tendon and back of the heel bone that can be considered traumatic Achilles tendonitis, but sometimes is called a pump bump. This is often easily determined by looking in the inside of the heel counter of the shoe to see if the material has been worn away by the back of the heel.
Achilles tendonitis should be treated immediately, since prolonged and untreated inflammation can cause the problem to become chronic and allow scar tissue to form within the tendon, which decreases its flexibility and increases the chances of rupture.
In flexible foot types, an insole or an orthotic with a deep heel cup may help eliminate some of the excessive motion of the heel, which aggravates the tendon.
LOW BACK PAIN
The feet are the foundation for the whole body, very much like a foundation for a house. If you properly support the foundation, the structure above it can function in the manner it was designed to work in. If the foot excessively pronates or collapses, that in turn internally rotates the tibia and fibula, the knee, the femur and can rotate and drop the hip on one side affecting the lower back.
When the feet are properly supported and centered, the amount of rotation in the lower extremity and the hips is reduced, taking stress off and helping to realign the lower back.
As the skeletal structure of the lower extremity is realigned through rehab and treatment to address imbalances, the use of an insole can also help take the stress and fatigue off tendons, muscles and ligaments involved with the ankle, knee, hip and lower back.
Superfeet insoles can also have a great effect on the posture of the body. Proper posture alignment starts when the foot hits the ground. When we have a good foundation underneath the body, the body can be maintained in its ideal functioning position.
It is important to give the insoles a chance to adapt to the body and the shoe. It is equally important to give the body a chance to adapt to the insoles.
Any aches and pains probably did not occur overnight and therefore will not disappear overnight. Healing takes time and patience.
Superfeet insoles can help improve lower back stability and continue to work up through the entire body.
Plantar fasciitis not only creates pain in the heel region of the foot; it can cause arch pain.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and possible tears of the plantar fascia ligament that attaches to the base of the heel bone on the bottom of the foot. The ligament extends to the metatarsal heads in the forefoot. The plantar fascia ligament is very much like a guitar string when it is pulled tight.
Plantar fasciitis not only creates pain in the heel region of the foot; it can cause arch pain. It can be triggered by a number of different situations.
One of the most common situations that triggers plantar fasciitis is over-pronation within the foot. If the foot pronates, collapses and elongates it actually pulls on this ligament and stretches it.
There are certainly other situations that can trigger plantar fasciitis, like wearing a shoe that may not be the right shape, offers the right amount of support, or creates increased impact to the plantar surface. That impact may put pressure on the plantar fascia, causing it to become bruised or stressed.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with the help of an insole or orthotic initially to attempt to help stabilize the foot and reduce the stress placed on the ligament.
There are many different variables involved with each patient’s condition, such as foot, ankle, hip biomechanics, injury history, shoes, environment, body weight, range of motion within the foot and the amount of time the individual spends standing, running or working on their feet…and not all conditions respond to the use of a new insole.
But a high quality insole is certainly an excellent place to start with regards to the healing process.
Simply put, the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, the hip bone is connected to the back bone, and so on.
VIBRAM® Diflex Therapeutic Foam and carbon-fiber reinforced support create Superfeet’s adaptive orthotic shape and design. The independent heel stabilizer makes the insole convertible. Have your patients place the insoles in their footwear as an addition tool to help you improve outcomes.
Learn more about the history of Superfeet by watching the video below: