Steel Shank Shoe Inserts for Forefoot Injuries

Steel 1/2 stabilizer plate rigid insoles, half-length, and full length are used to stiffen the shoe’s insole. This will limit the range of motion of the forefoot and midfoot. Doing so will make the shoe non-flexible. These steel shank shoe inserts (either 1/2 or full length) will limit the dorsiflexion at the metatarsal joints. Immobilizing the forefoot and metatarsal joints prevent the joints from bending during walking and sports.

Atlas Biomechanics produces two types of steel shank shoe inserts.

1. Steel 1/2 Stabilizer Plate Rigid Insoles, Half Length

2. Steel Stabilizer Plates Insoles, Full Length

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.

Indications of the Spring Steel Insoles- 1/2 Steel Stabilizer Plates
1- Problems requiring a Rigid or Semi-Rigid footbed
2- Turf Toe
3- Hallux Limitus / Hallux Rigidus
4- Forefoot Pain
5- Metatarsalgia
6- Cuboid Syndrome
7- Freiburg’s Infraction
8- Post-Bunionectomy Surgery
9- Foot Stability Post-op
10- Shin Splints

11-Plantar Plate Tear

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Steel 1/2 stabilizer plate rigid insoles, half-length, and full length are used to stiffen the shoe’s insole.

Teri Green
Atlas Biomechanics

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Atlas Biomechanics : 6mm ( 1/4″ ) Heel Lift is the Most Prescribed Shoe Lift for Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is frequently treated with heel lifts. Per our in-house survey with Atlas Biomechanics prescribing practitioners, the 6 mm ( 1/4″) heel lift is the most prescribed for their patients.

Achilles tendonitis is a painful inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the calcaneus ( heel bone). One of the most common and least expensive treatment options is to put a heel lift in the back of the shoe. Putting a heel lift in the shoe will raise the heel bone to decrease the stretch on the Achilles tendon. It will allow the Achilles tendon to relax and heal faster.

A 6 mm ( 1/4 inch ) heel lift will raise the heel just enough to relax the Achilles tendon.

Atlas Biomechanics produces two types of 6 mm ( 1/4″ ) heel lifts.

1. Cork Heel Lift

2. EVA/Rubber Heel Lift

These heel lifts are produced here in the USA. They come with double sided tape to allow the better application.

For Best Alignment and Optimum Control:

1. Place under the shoe’s insole.
2. Make sure they are against the back of the shoe.
3. Heel Lifts are firm but will soften with use.

Limb Length Discrepancy and Heel Lifts
Teri Green
Atlas Biomechanics

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Heel Lifts Used in Unequal Limb Length Post Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Heel lifts are a common and simple treat option for patients with unequal limb length due to a hip or knee replacement surgery. Following replacement surgery, one of the most common patient’s complaints is that one of their replacement leg is shorter than the nonsurgical leg. Some of the issues are lower back, medial knee, lateral ankle ligament pain and plantar fasciitis.

Measuring for leg length inequality to determine the proper height correction is paramount in determining correct heel lift. Most patients will be measured by their physical therapist while doing rehabilitation or during a post-op visit.

The most common heel lift dispensed is the 6mm ( 1/4″ ) correction. Overcorrection can cause increased pain. According to our survey of Atlas Biomechanics Heel Lifts dispensing practitioners, the most common heel lifts prescribed for post hip or knee replacement surgery are:

20%  3mm (1/8″) Heel Lifts

40%  6mm (1/4″) Heel Lifts

20%  9mm (3/8″) Heel Lifts

10% 12mm (1/2″) Heel Lifts

10% Adjustable Cork Heel Liftcork-heel-lift

In patients with unequal leg length due to a hip or knee replacement surgery, a heel lift can be a simple inexpensive correction.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

 

 

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How to Perform a Semmes Weinstein Neuropathy Skin Test

How to Perform a Semmes-Weinstein Neuropathy Skin Test

Use a Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament Wire 5.07 10g

1. Have the patient in a sitting position with shoes and socks off.
2. Explain to the patient that you’re screening/testing for neuropathy (loss of skin nerve feeling).
3. Touch the Semmes-Weinstein 5.07 nylon monofilament wire to the patient’s arm to show what the touch feels like.
4. Tell the patient to respond “Yes” each time he or she feels the pressure of the 5.07 monofilament wire on the foot during the exam.
5. Tell the patient to shut their eyes during the exam.
6. Hold the monofilament wire perpendicular to the patient’s foot. Press it against the foot, increasing the pressure until the monofilament bends into a C shape. (The patient should sense the monofilament by the time it bows.)
7. Hold the monofilament in place for about 1 second. Press the monofilament to the skin so it buckles at one of two times as you say “Time one” or “Time two.” Have the patient identify at which time he or she was touched. Randomize the sequence of applying the filament throughout the examination.
8. Locations for testing: On both feet, use the first, third, and fifth metatarsal heads and plantar surface of the distal hallux and third toe. Avoid callused areas.
9. Record response on foot screening form with “+” for Yes and “–” for No.

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Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

We produce  Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament Wire 5.07 10g Neuropathy Diabetic Testing Kits, 20 Disposable Filaments

 

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Doughnut Callus Pads, The Circle Foot Pad

Doughnut callus foot pads are round circle foot cushions that off load painful areas. We produce them from either medical grade felt of foam. They have skin adhesive on one side to allow the foot pad to stick all day.

Doughnut circle callus pads can be used from plantar foot lesions or any other areas needing off loading. Many patients use them to cushion bunions, bunionettes and pump bumps. Some use our round callus foot pads to off load and cushion sesamoids in sesamoiditis.

The round callus cushion will disburse weight bearing forces. They also will prevent friction of shoe gear rubbing on boney areas.

ring callus

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Carboplast Carbon Stabilizer / Insole Plates to Limit Fore-Foot, Mid-Foot Metatarsal Joints & Turf Toe

Carbon Stabilizer Plates Insoles, Full Length

Carboplast Stabilizer / Insole Plates to Limit Fore-Foot, Mid-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 carbon stabilizer plate insole, 1/8″ thick.
These carbon insole plates are constructed to Limit Dorsiflexion at the metatarsal joints and mid-foot .
Immobilizes toe joints to prevent it from bending during walking and sports.
Puncture resistant

Indications of the Carbon Insoles- Full Stabilizer Plates
– Problems requiring a Rigid or Semi-Rigid foot bed
– Turf Toe
– Hallux Limitus / Hallux Rigidus
– Forefoot Pain
– Metatarsalgia
– Cuboid Syndrome
– Freiburg’s Infraction
– Bunionectomy
– Foot Stability Post-op
– Shin Splints
-Foot Fractures

Carboplast plates are easy to fit and finish and can be customized by grinding or heat molding. They can be heated and reformed by using convection ovens at a temperature of 400 degrees , F for 3-7 minutes.

carbon

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Gel Foot Pad Cushions, How to make them last for months

Gel foot pad cushions can be re-used and stay sticky for months. The gel used in Atlas Biomechanics’ foot pad cushions are designed to be self-adhesive and reusable. With proper care, they can be re-used for months.

Our gel foot pad come in different shapes for different uses. We produce a

U shaped callus pad

Oval shaped callus pad,

Dancer’s / Sesamoid pad,

Arch pads,

Ball of Foot / Metatarsal cushions.

Self Adhesive, Reusable Gel Foot Pads

Soft gel cushions are superior in reducing pressure while providing comfort to the foot.

They are self-sticking cushions, which can be washed and reused over and over again.

Excellent foot pads cushions for long lasting comfort.

-Self Sticking

-Re Usable for Months

-Medical Grade Gel

-Made in USA

Directions:

-Apply gel foot pad to clean, oil/cream free and dry foot.

-Place gel foot cushion directly to skin.

-Remove gel foot protector at night to allow skin to breathe.

-Remove by gently peeling away from skin.

-Hand wash with warm soapy water and air dry to allow pad to get sticky again.

 

So with proper care, Atlas Biomechanics’ gel foot pads can last for months.

Teri Green

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