Foam Toe Separators

Foam Toe Separators are inexpensive, highly effective foot pads that can prevent and alleviate toe pain. They have been produced for many decades with great success. Some of the advantages of foam …

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Foam Toe Separators

Foam Toe Separators are inexpensive, highly effective foot pads that can prevent and alleviate toe pain. They have been produced for many decades with great success.

Some of the advantages of foam toe separators / spreaders are that they are light weight, cushioning and moisture absorption. There are two types of foam toe separators. The most popular type and the least expensive are solid foam toe separators. The other type is the 3 layer toe separator. It has softer foam on the outer layers and a more dense foam in between.

To use a foam toe separator one should determine where on the foot one needs to treat. If one would like to cushion and realign bunions where the big toe is drifting towards the second toe, then a 1/2 inch foam toe separator would be recommended. For digits 2-5 cushioning, then a 1/4 inch foam toe separator would work well.toe--sep

Foam Toe Separators treat numerous toe pathology. Some of the foot pain conditions are:

Soft Corns

Hammertoes

Drifting Toes

Bunions

Atlas Biomechanics produces medical grade foam toe separators here in the USA.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

 

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Cork Heel Lifts, why cork?

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Cork Heel Lifts, why cork?

Cork is an excellent material to produce fc93e678-402d-4aff-8e4a-e5e8c13ed8d7 heel lifts with. The reason cork is used is that it is light weight, durable and high-impact compatible. Actually, it is a blend of rubber and cork, the best of both.

Atlas Biomechanics uses medical grade rubber cork to produce 3 mm ( 1/8 inch ), 6 mm ( 1/4 inch ) and 9 mm (3/8 inch ) shoe heel lifts. The most popular height for unequal limb length is the 9 mm ( 3/8″ ) heel lift. For Achilles tendonitis the most dispensed heel lift is the 6 mm ( 1/4″ ) height.

To learn more about Atlas Biomechanics heel lifts, Click Heel Lift.

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Atlas Biomechanics

 

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Cork Heel Lifts

Cork heel lifts are in shoe devices that raise the calcaneus bone of the heel off the ground. These simple but highly effective devices are often the first conservative treatment for unequal limb length, Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, lower back pain and knee pain.

Atlas Biomechanics produces our cork heel lifts in the USA of a rubber cork blend. This rubber cork blend allows the heel lift to be durable, lightweight and have a comfortable spring effect. They have double sided tape on the bottom to paste the lift firmly in the shoe.

Our heel lifts cork-heel-liftare produced in 3 mm (1/8 inch), 6 mm (1/4 inch) and 9 mm (3/8 inch) heights. They come in small, medium and large.

Measuring Leg Length Discrepancies

Unequal Lower Limb Length is often a factor in your patient’s lower limb and back pain. Unfortunately there is no uniformly accepted method of measuring a short leg. Some of the more common tests from Atlas Biomechanics to diagnosis a short limb are:

1) Have the patient stand against the wall. Tell the patient to stand normally and not to straighten up. Using a tape measure, hold one end to the patients belly button and the other end to bottom of the medial heel of both feet.

2) Observing the patient’s gait and posture. The center of gravity is shifted towards the short side. Compensation of the short leg will result in unilateral subtalar pronation, knee flexion, lumbar scoliosis and pelvic tilt.

3) Measure the patient while prone, measure the limb length discrepancy from the anterior superior iliac spine to the medial malleolus.

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How to Make a Custom Fit Orthotic Insole

Custom fit orthotic foot insole is an orthotic arch support that can be made at home. Just some simple steps a custom orthotic arch support can be produced at a fraction of the cost of a medical office.

Most medical practitioners will cast the foot  and then get their custom arch supports from orthotics labs. Atlas Biomechanics cuts out the medical practitioner and the lab to save the patient.

Atlas Biomechanics produces heat mold custom orthotics. Thermoplastic heat moldable custom orthotic blanks allow you to produce a lab quality orthotic in office in about 10 minutes for a fraction of the price. Atlas Biomechanics offers dress and athletic orthotic blanks and prefab orthotic.

Orthotics come in
1) Narrow Profile (dress) Heat Mold, Direct Contact Orthotic
2) Medium Profile (athletic) Heat Mold, Direct Contact Orthotic

 

Advantages of Heat Moldable, Direct Contact, Custom Orthotics:
* fraction the cost of orthotic labs.00d34-mold
* 3/4 semi rigid shell, long lasting, total contact fit custom orthotic.
* 1.3 mm thin proprietary material for ease of molding.
* two orthotic models, Athletic (medium profile) and Dress (narrow profile).

Molding Instructions:

Sizing the Orthotic

  1. Fit the orthotic just proximal to the metatarsal heads and just a little (1-2mm) behind of the heel.
    After deciding which blank to use, hold it directly to the foot.
    Do not fit the blank while the patient is standing on the blank.
    Dorsiflex the hallux (big toe) to see if the metatarsal head clears the end of the orthotic.

2. Heating the Orthotic Blank

Purchase a heat gun (not a hair dryer) and heat resistant gloves at any hardware     store                Place the blank on a surface that will not burn from heat.

Place the blank on a surface that will not burn from heat.
Hold the heat gun 1cm (1/2 inch) away from the blank.
Slowly move the heat gun up and down the blank.
Do not stop moving the heat gun ( you will melt the orthotic).
The average time is about 1.5-2 minutes.
Wearing heat resistant gloves you may push the arch to check for softness.
If it is still stiff, reheat for 10-15 seconds.
Atlas Biomechanics also recommends using a toaster oven.
3. Molding the Orthotic Blank to the Foot

You can mold the blank either as Subtalar Neutral or Calcaneal Resting Position, or a          combo of each.
You can mold the blank while sitting, standing in a shoe (ski boot, ice skate, golf    shoe or ballet flats) or on a pillow.
Do not mold directly to the foot. Use a heat protector such as a towel, double socks or the shoe’s insole.
Make sure the rear of the orthotic is not too far forward on the foot.
Make sure the medial side of the orthotic covers the arch entirely.
Either hold the foot in Subtalar Joint Neutral or Calcaneal Resting Position and have the patient press firmly down.
If molding directly in a gym shoe, use the insole as the heat protector. Place the orthotic under the insole and have the patient press down.
After the patient has molded the orthotic, place it in their shoes. It is most comfortable under the insole.
4. Break in Period

As with any new device in their shoe, there is a break in period.
If using the orthotic in gym shoes, place it under the insole.
If wearing it in dress shoes, use a little double sided tape to hold in place.
Have the patient wear the orthotic only 2 hours the first day.
Every additional day increase the time by 2 hours.
If uncomfortable, have them remove the orthotic, wait 2 hours and resume the break in period.
Atlas Biomechanics recommends the patient return in two weeks for a follow-up and fine tuning of the orthotic.
5. Molding Tips

To avoid any problems, you want the patient to be happy with the fit before they leave the office.
Make sure the orthotic is feeling fine to the patient and fits well.
Remember this orthotic can be modified endless ways with the heat gun.
Sometimes the patient will feel that the arch is either too high or low, modify it to their comfort level.
You may see waves in the orthotic. This is the bony prominences of the foot that have been captured in the orthotic and is an accurate mold that should be comfortable on the foot.

Teri Green
AtlasBiomechanics

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How to use a corn pad

Corn pads for feet are small inexpensive foot pad cushions that prevent toe corns from forming and cushions the area. Corns are a build up of skin on a localized area on the foot. They are due to shoe pressure on the knuckle of toes. The shoe friction causes the skin to grow more skin to protect itself. The more the friction and pressure the deeper and larger the corn.

A hammertoe corn pad cushion can off load the presssure Prevent Hammertoe Corns on Feetand friction and cushion the area. Corn pads can either be adhesive foam or felt.

To use a corn pad.

  1. Identify the area on the foot were the corn is formed.
  2. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Oil and moisture will allow the corn not to stick.
  3. Place the hole of the corn over the boney area causing the corn.
  4. Press firmly
  5. Roll a sock or stocking over the foot to help hold the corn in place.
  6. End of the day remove the corn pad by gently peeling off the pad.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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