Hockey Orthotics ( Ice Skate Arch Supports ) and Gait Cycle

Orthotics in hockey ice skates are used to control the ankle, foot and knee. In the foot, it especially controls the subtalar, midtarsal and ankle joints. If any of these joints are not in their mo…

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Hockey Orthotics ( Ice Skate Arch Supports ) and Gait Cycle

Hockey Skate Orthotics

Orthotics in hockey ice skates are used to control the ankle, foot and knee. In the foot, it especially controls the subtalar, midtarsal and ankle joints. If any of these joints are not in their most efficient positions, then the ice skater will not have the most effective leg power.

The typical hockey skater’s lower extremities never goes through a complete gait cycle. They ideally should have limited pedal mechanics between midstance and the beginning of propulsion, with slight knee flexion during the entire contact phase. When initiating a turn, an ice skater will maintain their control by directing the inside knee medially and transferring the load inward to the foot’s medial edge. This is done by internally rotating the tibia, causing a closed kinetic chain pronation of the foot which transfers the pressure through the skate boot on to the blade’s inside edge.

The higher level hockey skater has a more subtle dynamic and the reverse is true for the beginner. When an ice skater has an over pronated or unstable foot structure, they may have a more difficult time turning as the medial arch of the foot may collapse within the skate boot before the edging force can be transferred.

Some indications you may need a hockey ice skate orthotic arch support.
1. Foot and or Ankle pain or fatigue with ice skating.
2. Weak crossovers.
3. Difficulty making a turn.
4. Knee and or Low Back pain or fatigue while skating.
5. Chronic fatigue or pain directly after skating.

A hockey ice skate orthotic should allow greater control with turning and crossovers. Usually, persons with ice skate arch support orthotics notice longer stride length and more explosive leg power. Ice skate orthotics should be thin for ease of placement, 3/4 length for toe room, semi rigid for control and adjustable for modifications. The best place for a hockey orthotic is under the skate’s insole for comfort, control and proper placement.

A heat moldable, direct contact orthotic from Atlas Biomechanics achieves all the above goals. It is only 1.3mm thick, fabricated with just a hot water bath, heat gun or toaster oven. Duplicate a lab built custom orthotic in less than 10 minutes.

Some Benefits of Our Heat Moldable Orthotics
*3/4 semi rigid sport orthotic shell.
*12mm heel cup for added control
*Medium profile (Sport Orthotic) to fit in most ice skates, gym, and casual shoes.
*1.3 mm thin. *Completely heat moldable and reheat formable.
*Proprietary material used to ease of mold.
*Total custom contact fit.
Teri Green
Atlas Biomechanics

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Morton’s Neuroma Pads, How do they Work?

A Morton’s neuroma pad is a metatarsal pad that can off load the ground reactive forces on the interdigital foot neuroma. What is a Morton’s neuroma? When you feel like a marble in the …

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Morton’s Neuroma Pads, How do they Work?

A Morton’s neuroma padmorton's neuroma is a metatarsal pad that can off load the ground reactive forces on the interdigital foot neuroma.

What is a Morton’s neuroma? When you feel like a marble in the ball of your foot and have constant pain you may have a Morton’s neuroma. A Morton’s neuroma is the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve leading to the toes. It commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes. Irritation of the nerve as it passes under the ligament connecting the metatarsal bones can cause scar tissue around the nerve. The more irritation, the thicker the scar tissue becomes. Wearing tight and high heel shoes is one of the reasons it occurs in women more commonly than men.

Some of the symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma are walking on a marble, burning in the ball of the foot, shooting pain into the toes and tingling in the toes.

Treatment of the Morton’s neuroma are: roomier shoes, anti-inflammatory medication, orthotics, steriod injections and Metatarsal Pads.

Neuroma Metatarsal Pads are medical ball of foot pads designed to off load the pressure on the ball of the foot. They are applied just behind the metatarsal bone heads. When a metatarsal pad is applied, it takes the pressure off the Morton’s neuroma and allows for quicker healing and pain relief. The cushioning will spread the metatarsal heads to prevent the nerve from rubbing and becoming irritated. Metatarsal pads (Morton’s neuroma pads) come in reusable gel and adhesive felt or foam.

Atlas Biomechanics’ Morton’s Neuroma pads are skived to achieve the maximum amount of comfort and relief.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Mole Skin Pads Help Reduce Blisters and Callus Formation

32881f769f727b6046fffdd0523fa5a4.image.123x160Moleskin pads have been used for numerous foot conditions for decades. These inexpensive foot pads are really a thin felt sheet with an adhesive backing. The most common shape of a mole skin pad is the kidney shaped foot pad.

Callus and blisters are caused by friction or pressure on the skin. This is usually due to the shoe rubbing on a boney prominence or the body’s weight on the shoe. In the case of a callus, the unlaying skin is trying to protect it self by growing more skin. Over production of this abnormal skin growth will cause a callus to form.

Blisters are also caused by shoe irritation and pressure. Instead of a callus formation, the skin will try to protect itself by forming a fluid filled sac.

By wearing a mole skin pad the abnormal friction is dispersed upon the pad and not the skin. Many athletes will wear them to protect a boney prominence. Women who wear high heeled shoes also will use moleskin pads to prevent shoe irritation.

The most common areas on the foot to use a moleskin pad are the metatarsals and behind the heel. The posterior heel is very susceptible to blister formation since the shoe riding up and down will cause skin irritation and possible blister formation. Metatarsal area gets a pounding from the ground and especially if the shoe does not have enough cushioning. People with a thin plantar fat pad especially can benefit from a moleskin foot pad.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Cork Adjustable Heel Lift

Cork Adjustable Heel Lift with built in Varus/Valgus Heel Wedge

A totally new type of Heel Lift. Atlas Biomechanics developed and manufactures the only cork adjustable heel lift with a varus or valgus heel wedge built into the device. We are the only ones producing such a lift.

Adjustable Heel Lift with varus or valgus heel wedge
*Three removable 3 mm (1/8 inch) rubber cork layers.
*Each layer is peelable to achieve the proper correction of limb length discrepancy.
*1/2 of the bottom layer can be peeled for varus or valgus correction.
Helps prevent pronation of the Subtalar Joint of the short limb.
Most short limbs will have an inverted calcaneus, our heel lift brings the ground to the foot.
More stabilizing foundation to the short limb.
Easily fabricate either a Varus Heel Wedge or Valgus Heel Wedge
Sizes: Small: women 4-7 Medium: women 8-10, men 7-9 Large: women 9-11, men 10-14

Teri Green

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About Atlas Biomechanics: We are a woman owned sports medical manufacturer of Heel Lifts. Foot Pads and Heat Moldable Orthotics.

 

 

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Heel Lift Study For Post Hip Replacement Surgery Patients

Heel Lift Study For Post Hip Replacement Surgery Patients

Heel lifts have been used in post hip replacement surgery patients ever since the surgeries’ beginnings. Our unscientific survey is from our practitioners who dispense Atlas Biomechanics heel lifts.  Here are the results. Over 397 health care practitioners who dispense Atlas Biomechanics’ heel lifts responded to our survey request.

1) Practitioners dispensing heel lifts post hip replacement surgery.

Chiropractors 36%, Physical Therapists 29%, Orthopedic Surgeons 20%, Podiatrists 8%, Others 7%

2) Heel height discrepancy found.

9 mm heel height discrepancy 46%

6 mm heel height discrepancy 31%

12 mm heel height discrepancy 11%

3 mm heel height discrepancy 8%

Others 4%

3) Most common complaints of patients with leg length discrepancy post hip replacement surgery.

lower back pain 34%

knee pain 31%

unsteady gait 24%

ankle pain 6%

others 4%

4) Most common heel lift height dispensed

9 mm heel liftImage 38%

12 mm heel lift 24%

6 mm heel lift 23%

3 mm heel lift 15%

Thank you to all of our practitioners who completed our survey and who use our heel liftsfyVMtP8A.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

About Atlas Biomechanics: We are a sports medical manufacturer of Heel Lifts, Foot Pads, and Heat Moldable Orthotics. Heel Lifts produced are 3, 6, 9 and 12 mm heights. We also produce cork lifts and adjustable heel lifts.

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