Indications of the Spring Steel Insoles- Full Steel Stabilizer Plates

Indications of the Spring Steel Insoles- Full Steel Stabilizer Plates

 

– Problems requiring a Rigid or Semi-Rigid footbed

– Turf Toe

– Hallux Limitus / Hallux Rigidus

– Forefoot Pain

– Metatarsalgia

– Cuboid Syndrome

– Freiburg’s Infraction

– Bunionectomy

– Foot Stability Post-op

– Shin Splints

 

Steel Stabilizer / Insole Plates to Limit Fore-Foot, Metatarsal Joints & Turf Toe

 

– Used to stiffen the sole of the shoe.

– Limits Range of Motion of the Forefoot and Midfoot.

– Makes shoe Non-Flexible.

– Extremely thin steel stabilizer plate insole, 1/8″ thick.

– Comfortable and durable felt top cover.

-These steel insole plates are constructed to Limit Dorsiflexion at the metatarsal joints.

– Immobilizes toe joint to prevent it from bending during walking and sports.

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Steel insoles are also used for puncture resistant shoe shank insoles.

 

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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PPT Self-Adhesive Heel Lift Cushion 1/4″ Pad for Heel Spur and Unequal Limb Length Discrepancy

PPT heel lift cushion pads are a versatile footpad with many uses. PPT is also called poron and is an excellent material for cushioning, and shock absorption.

 

One of its many uses is to cushion a painful heel spur. Remove the paper backing and place in the rear of the shoe. The PPT heel cushion will provide shock absorption when the heel stricks the floor.

 

Another use of the PPT heel cushion is to treat uneven limbs. The thickness is 1/4″ ( 6 mm ) and provides a lift to the short leg.

 

Also, many medical practitioners will use our PPT heel lift cushion pads to treat Achilles tendonitis. Many people with Achilles tendonitis will have a short tendon and by placing the pad in the shoe it will relieve stress on the Achilles.

 

 

So a PPT heel lift cushion pads have many uses for the foot patient.

 

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Functional Short Leg and Heel Lifts

A functional short leg (FSL) is a common type of leg-length inequality is a result of rotational patterns of the pelvis and hips. It can also be affected by misalignments or torsional movement in the knee, ankles, and feet.

Limb Length Discrepancy and Heel Lifts

In many cases of a functional short leg, as evidenced by radiographic study, the use of heel lifts has been shown to help eliminate musculoskeletal deficiencies and improve patient outcomes. Providing support for the short limb with a heel lift is important when recognizing the functional short leg because providing a lift will likely diminish the associated sacroiliac subluxations.

Look at and palpate the iliac crests and the greater trochanters to see if they are of unequal height. Finally, look and palpate the lumbar spine. A typical postural distortion for a short leg will create lumbar scoliosis whose convexity moves toward the side of the FSL.

After you have measured your patient’s actual leg-length discrepancy, it is always safe to under correct. The classic rule of thumb is to cut the LLI in half and then start with the appropriate-sized heel lift.

Proceed to a 3 mm lift and have the patient wear this for two weeks. Then re-evaluate.
Proceed to a 6 mm heel lift or 9 mm heel lift only if necessary. Use the two-week break-in period as indicated above. Then re-evaluate.
From a practical standpoint, it is very important to be able to confidently determine if someone truly has a short leg due to anatomy or functionality and to use a heel lift if need be.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

 

 

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SHORT LEG SYNDROME (UNEQUAL LIMB LENGTH)

The presence of limb length discrepancy is usually associated with pelvic or lumbar misalignment. The short leg may be FUNCTIONAL, ANATOMICAL, or a COMBO of both. Studies have found that the majority of patients presenting to our offices are functional, but a growing number seen are anatomical, the result of post hip or knee replacement surgeries. Many of these can be corrected within shoe heel lifts. You need an understanding of unequal limb length biomechanics before prescribing a heel lift from Atlas Biomechanics.

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FUNCTIONAL SHORT LEG:
1. The sacroiliac joint that is misaligned causing the sacral base to drop to one side.
2. Flexion or Extension with one of the iliac bones out of its normal anatomical position.
3. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction causing the subtalar joint to overpronate, effectively shorting the limb.

ANATOMICAL SHORT LEG:
1. Hip or knee replacement surgery.
2. Polio.
3. Congenital, birth injuries and infections to the growth plates.
4. Fractures.

BIOMECHANICS OF THE SHORT LIMB:
1. Supination of the subtalar joint.
2. External rotation of the tibia.
3. External rotation of the knee.
4. Abnormal patella tracking.
5. Pelvic Tilt.
6. Shifting of the center of gravity to the short side.

BIOMECHANICS OF THE LONG LIMB:
1. Pronation of the subtalar joint.
2. Internal rotation of the tibia and the knee.
3. Abnormal patella tracking.
4. Vaulting over the hip joint.

GAIT EVALUATION OF THE UNEQUAL LIMB LENGTH:
1. Center of gravity shifted to the short side.
2. Unilateral early heel lift.
3. Pelvic Tilt.
4. Shoulder drop.
5. Unilateral subtalar pronation.
6. Unilateral shoe wear (lateral heel).
7. Abnormal knee rotation and patella tracking.

Atlas Biomechanics produces all of our heel lifts in the USA.

Shoe Heel Lifts come in small, medium and large. They are manufactured from either EVA/Rubber or Cork/Rubber blend.

Heights are:
1/8 inch (3 mm) heel lift
1/4 inch (6 mm) heel lift
3/8 inch (9 mm) heel lift
1/2 inch (12 mm) heel lift
and
Adjustable Heel Lift with Built-in Heel Wedge

Teri Green
Atlas Biomechanics

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Tube Foam, It’s Many Foot Uses

There are so many feet and toe uses for Tubefoam. Tube Foam (Pedi-Foam) is a cloth-lined cushioned foam tube. It can be easily trimmed to cushion and pad hammertoes, bunions and crooked toes.

-Tube Foam (Pedi Foam) are tube-shaped cushions with dozens of uses.
-They surround, cushion and protect toes, corns, bunions, and hammertoes.
-The soft medical grade foam of tube foam (pedi foam) absorb the pressure and friction to cushion and separate toes that rub.
-Tube Foam (Pedi Foam) can be easily trimmed with scissors for a custom fit.
-Our tube foam is proudly made in the USA.

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Tube foam comes in three sizes.

Small Tubefoam 5/8 inch wide 12 12 inch sleeves per pack
Medium Tubefoam 3/4 inch wide 10 12 inch sleeves per pack
Large Tubefoam 1 inch wide 8 12 inch sleeves per pack

There are so many feet and toe uses for Tubefoam.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Varus/Valgus Heel Wedge

Varus/Valgus Heel Wedges can be used for pronation or supination problems of the foot and ankle. Heel Wedges are designed to help align the calcaneus (heel) during ambulation to limit excessive pronation or supination. They improve foot function by stabilizing weak, rotating ankles.

The valgus heel wedge is useful for patients with early medial compartment osteoarthritis provided it is used with an understanding of the indications and its limitations. Research shows that patients with early medial compartment osteoarthritis of the knee were treated with lateral heel wedges and were followed for a period of 7 years and 5 months to 12 years. Those who were treated with valgus heel wedges and analgesics showed a significantly greater improvement in pain score than those treated with analgesics only.

The varus heel wedge is useful for patients with overpronation, lateral ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, and flat feet. The varus heel wedge will prevent the subtalar joint to rotate into pronation.

Made from Medical Grade Rubber Cork here in the USA.

5 Heel Wedges per Pack

Professional Grade Cork-Rubber Heel Wedges
*5 lifts bulk pack
* 8-degree Inversion or Eversion
*Correct Pronation: Thicker Side Facing Inward (Heel Varus Wedge)

*Correct Supination: Thicker Side Facing Outward (Heel Valgus Wedge)
*Long lasting, Comfortable
*Made in the USA by Atlas Biomechanics

Sizes: Small 2″ (5.1cm) width, Medium 2 1/2″ (6.4cm) width, Large 3″ (7.4cm) width

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Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

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1/2 Inch (12mm) Heel Lifts

1/2″ heel lifts are a common size for patients with unequal limb length. A short leg can be caused by many reasons. Post hip or knee replacement surgery is the most common reason for the leg length inequality.

Having a short limb can cause lower back stress, ankle pain, and opposite leg discomfort. Applying a heel lift can help relieve this discomfort.

A heel lift is placed in the shoe at the posterior aspect. Usually, it is placed under the shoe’s insole. It may take a couple of days to get used to the heel lift.

Atlas Biomechanics heel lifts are made of one of two types of materials. Our Cork Heel Lifts are manufactured from medical grade rubber cork. Our black Heel Lift is produced from medical grade EVA/Rubber. Both are firm with the cork having more bounce.

1/2″ heel lifts are an inexpensive, common treatment for patients for unequal limb lengths.fc93e678-402d-4aff-8e4a-e5e8c13ed8d713483-fyvmtp8a

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

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