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.
Some ice skaters have the sensation that their heels are lifting out of their skates and the general feeling that it does not fit properly. A heel that is pistoning in the skate can cause undo pressure on the forefoot. This will also improper energy transfer on the ice skate.
One of the simplest correction of a heel lifting in the ice skate is to add a cork heel lift. The most common heel lift used is the Atlas Biomechanics 3mm (1/8″) cork heel lift. The 6mm (1/4″) cork heel lift could also be used for more severe cases.
Usually, the 3 mm ( 1/8 inch ) cork heel lift is placed under the ski boot’s insole. This will cause the best alignment. This will allow the heel lift to sit firmly at the bottom of the ski boot for optimum control and comfort.
Sesamoid pad from Atlas Biomechanics is a medical grade gel foot cushion designed to treat sesamoiditis. Our proprietary gel allows the foot pad to stay sticky with a self-adhesive that is reusable up to six months.
Some patients and physicians also call our sesamoiditis pads, Dancer’s Pads. Pain in the sesamoid is common with dancers.
To make our gel cushions sticky again, just hand wash them with warm soapy water and allow the pad to air dry.
Directions for use of Atlas Biomechanics’ Gel Sesamoiditis Pad:
-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.
Sesamoid cushions from Atlas Biomechanics is a medical grade gel foot pad designed to treat sesamoiditis.
About Atlas Biomechanics: We are a woman-owned sports medical manufacturer of Gel Reusable Foot Pads, Heel Lifts and Heat Moldable Orthotics.
Moleskin has many medical and industrial uses. In this blog, I will discuss how to use moleskin for medical purposes. Moleskin is made from a cotton felt that has been shaved thin. Atlas Biomechanics’ moleskin is medical grade and has an adhesive backing.
How to use Moleskin Pads for Medical Uses:
1) Blister Protection: If any area of your feet is getting constantly red or you have had previous blisters, moleskin is ideal in preventing the blister. How to use moleskin to prevent a blister is easy. First, identify the area in question. With a scissor cut the moleskin a little larger than the area and apply the moleskin.
Another way to prevent blisters is to apply the moleskin directly to the shoe. This will decrease the amount of friction causing the blister. Make sure to change the moleskin once the edges begin to curl up.
Once a blister has formed moleskin can also be used. Using a scissor cut a donut to protect the blistered skin. Do not puncture the blister. The donut opening should be the same size as the blister, with surrounding protecting moleskin.
2) Slipping Shoe: How to use moleskin to prevent slippage of a shoe heel. This happens especially with women’s dress shoes, such as flats and heels. Women with narrow heels will slide out of the back of the shoe. There are two ways to use moleskin to prevent heel slipping. One is to apply one or more layers to the back of the shoe to basically bring the shoe in closer to the heel. Apply the moleskin towards the top edge. Another way to use moleskin to prevent shoe slippage is to apply one or more layers of moleskin on the topside of the toe box. This forces the shoe onto the foot.
3) Callous and Corn Prevention: Moleskin can be used to prevent callous and corns. Callous, the thick skin on the plantar aspect of the foot and corns, the thick skin on the dorsal aspect of the foot are due to the repeated friction of the shoe or ground on the skin. The skin tries to protect itself by growing more skin. Cut the moleskin a little larger than the callus or corn and apply. Make sure to change if the edges begin to curl.
4) Sports Injuries: Moleskin can be used in place of athletic tape. Moleskin has a heavy cloth and makes a sturdy base for most sports taping jobs.
Atlas Biomechanics offers Moleskin in wholesale discount packs. Hope you learned how to use moleskin.