FAQ - Physiological Problems

Physiological Problems

Achilles Tedonitis

Symptoms

 

  • Inflammation of the Achilles tendon accompanied by sharp pain behind the heel. This pain is often felt during the first few steps in the morning or after long periods of rest

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems.

 

All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom. The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Micro-tears occur in the Achilles tendon from excessive and repetitive stretching or from overtraining the calf muscles (doing "too much, too soon".)

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilize the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

Hammer toes

Symptoms

 

  • Permanent claw-like positioning of the toes, usually involving the second and/or third toes. This can be accompanied by localised pain in the joint or by the appearance of corns and calluses.

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems. All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom.

 

The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Imbalance in the strength between muscles that flex and muscles that extend the toes contributes to the problem. This can be traced to poor footwear design and tight fitting shoes that prevent a balanced movement of the toes.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Barefoot Science stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilize the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

Heel spur

Symptoms

 

  • A dull or sharp shooting pain experienced at the heel when weight-bearing after long periods of rest.

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems.

 

All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom. The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Excessive tension in the plantar fascia from over- pronation results in a slow pulling on the heel bone and the formation of a spur.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilize the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

Hip pain

Symptoms

 

  • Swelling and dull aching in the hip region that is made worse with excessive hip motion
  • Snapping and clicking sensations that cause pain and discomfort

 

 

Cause


Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems. All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom.

The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare.

An unstable foot results in poor bone alignment up through the leg and into the back. This poor alignment generates excessive stresses at the joints. The associated muscles are also subjected to strain and overuse as they attempt to stabilize the structure.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilize the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

Ingrown toenail

Symptoms

 

  • Tenderness and inflammation along the border of the toenail, most commonly on the big toe.

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems.

 

All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom. The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Constant pressure or friction from ill-fitting footwear and over-pronation, as well as acute impact or injury can lead to this problem. The trim angle of the nail should mirror the end of the toe.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilise the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada) 

 

 

Lower back pain

Symptoms

 

  • Lower back muscle cramping and spasm with associated discomfort in the gluteal region
  • Pain in the lumbar spine

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems. All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom.

 

The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Inflammation is caused by irritation or injury to the disk, facet joints, ligaments, or muscles of the lower back. Nerve-related pain is caused by irritated or pinched nerve roots leaving the spine and is aggravated by poor posture.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilize the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms

 

Inflammation of the deep soft tissues in the arch region, sometimes accompanied by sharp pain in the heel. This is felt in the morning, after long periods of rest, or during prolonged standing or walking.

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems. All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom.

 

The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Arch muscles contract excessively in an attempt to stabilize the foot, leading to premature fatigue as well as micro-tears in the plantar fascia.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products like taping attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilize the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

 

Shin splint (anterior)

Symptoms

 

  • Lower back muscle cramping and spasm with associated discomfort in the gluteal region
  • Pain in the lumbar spine

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems.

 

All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom. The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Inflammation is caused by irritation or injury to the disk, facet joints, ligaments, or muscles of the lower back. Nerve-related pain is caused by irritated or pinched nerve roots leaving the spine and is aggravated by poor posture.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilise the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

 

Shin splint (posterior)

Symptoms

 

  • Pain and inflammation on the medial (inside) of the tibia, at the side or to the rear.

 

 

Cause

 

Outside of acute trauma, it is commonly accepted that most foot-related pathologies arise from a biomechanically unsound structure that has been subjected to excessively repetitive activity. Acute or chronic symptoms manifest as a result of varying levels of intensity. These symptoms impact at the most structurally unstable locations or the "weakest links" in the individual's kinetic chain relative to the repetitive activity. For example, excessive pronation, resulting from poor structural mechanics, can lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or knee problems.

 

All too often, excessive pronation is incorrectly identified as the cause of these problems, when in fact, as has been demonstrated, it is only a symptom. The real cause of the problem is the foot's inability to align, stabilise, and lock the arch structure prior to heel strike as influenced by restrictive footwear and exacerbated by rigid soles, heel height, and heel flare. Strain on the muscle attachment at the bone is usually caused by a tight calf muscle group and/or excessive pronation. Running frequently on slanted surfaces also cause stress and strain.

 

 

Generic and Custom Insoles

 

Custom orthotics and similar products attempt to stabilise the subtalar joint by supporting the arch, claiming to correct the poor biomechanics of the foot. This claim of correction is quite misleading. Orthotics only mask the symptoms by artificially supporting a dysfunctional structure along with its inherent muscle imbalances, while introducing a new angle of ground interface to the foot.

 

The artificial support provided by orthotics has little or no effect on the alignment or structural integrity of the interlocking bones that are still loose and unstable. The foot remains functionally unstable and will become increasingly weaker and dependent on the support. These bracing and supporting characteristics can actually prevent proper alignment in the foot and ankle as they manage multidirectional activities, contributing to increased stresses at the ankle and knee. And the chance of injury increases when misalignment and increased stress combines with an unlocked structure.

 

From a biomechanical perspective, by introducing a new angle of ground interface, orthotics cause a shift in the dynamics of the repetitive movement. The symptoms resulting from the old dynamic disappear and the problem seems to be corrected. Unfortunately, over time or with increased activity levels at the new ground interface angle, the repetitive movement often results in new symptoms at different locations. This creates a recurring cycle where new orthotics are prescribed to compensate for the ever-migrating symptoms and pathologies. The current practice is to recommend new orthotics at least every couple of years.

 

 

How can BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ help?

 

BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ stimulates an involuntary reflex response to retrain and strengthen the foot's supporting musculature, encouraging the optimal bone alignment necessary to effectively stabilise the foot through all activities. This ideal alignment promotes a balance of strength and flexibility in the foot's intrinsic muscles. The stable, efficient foot demonstrates optimal bone alignment and a balance of muscular strength and flexibility up through the ankle, lower leg, hip, and back, effectively eliminating chronic or acute stresses resulting from overuse.

 

(Source: BAREFOOTSCIENCE™ Canada)

 

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