Adjustable Heel Lifts, the advantages

Adjustable heel lifts have numerous advantages over conventional heel elevators.

1. Leg Length Discrepancies: allows exact adjustment for proper heel elevation.
2. Achilles Tendon Therapy: allows for a gradual height reduction to decrease the strain of a tight Achilles while in treatment.
3. Day-to-day adjustments.
4. Adjustable height correction from 9 mm (3/8″) to 6 mm (1/4″) to 3 mm (1/8″).
5. A constant descending slope.
6. Easily trimmable with a scissor.
7. Medical grade rubber cork material.
8. Made in the USA.

Adjustable Heel Lifts Treat:

-Limb Length Inequality
-Achilles Tendonitis
-Heel Spurs
-Ill fitting Ski Boots, Ice Skates

Sizes:

Small: (Women’s shoe sizes 4-7)

Medium: (Women’s shoe sizes 8-10) (Men’s shoe size 7-10)

Large: (Women’s shoe sizes 9-11) (Men’s shoe size 11-14)

Teri Green
Atlas Biomechanics

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Hallux Limitus / Rigidus Treated With Steel 1/2 Stabilizer Plate Rigid Insoles

Steel 1/2 stabilizer plate rigid insoles can treat and alleviate Hallux Limitus and Hallux Rigidus pain.  When arthritis affects the big toe joint ( 1st MPJ ) range of motion and is mild it is called Hallux Limitus. As arthritis progresses and the big toe joint gets stiffer it is called Hallux Rigidus. Both of these conditions can cause pain with big toe range of motion.

One of the most beneficial treatment options is to stop the big toe joint from bending upward (dorsiflexion). This will help alleviate the pain from this condition. Our  It is essential to reduce the wear and tear on your big toe joint before the Hallux Limitus/Rigidus progresses.

Steel 1/2 Stabilizer Plate Rigid Insoles, Half 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
– 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
-Plantar Plate Tear

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Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

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Indications for a Varus or Valgus Heel Wedge

A varus or valgus heel wedges that can be easily fabricated from our cork adjustable heel lift.  Heel Wedges are meant to decrease either supination or pronation of the subtalar joint. Improving the stabilization of the subtalar joint with a varus or valgus heel wedge can improve foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back function. A heel wedge can improve an abnormal heel strike and decrease painful joint motion further up the kinetic chain.

Indications for a Varus Heel Wedge:
1. Excessive subtalar joint pronation (flatfoot, collapsing arch)
2. Medial ankle sprains
3. Shin splints
4. Medial knee syndromes
5. Plantar fasciitis
6. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Indications for a Valgus Heel Wedge:
1. Excessive subtalar joint supination
2. Lateral ankle sprains
3. Lateral knee syndromes
4. Peroneal tendonitis

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics cork-adjustable

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Heel Lifts in Ski Boots

Some skiers have the sensation that their heels are lifting out of the boots and the general feeling that the boot does not fit properly. A heel that is pistoning in the boot can cause undo pressure on the forefoot. This will also improper energy transfer on the boot.

One of the simplest correction of a heel lifting in the ski boot 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.

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Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

 

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Ski Biomechanics and Orthotics

Let us discuss the biomechanics of skiing and how an orthotic can help.

The typical downhill skier’s lower extremities never go through a complete gait cycle. They ideally should have limited pedal mechanics between midstance and the beginning of propulsion, and knee flexion during the entire contact phase. When initiating a turn a skier will maintain their control by directing the downhill knee medially and transferring the load into the foot over the inside edge. This is done by internally rotating their tibia, causing a closed kinetic chain pronation of the foot which transfers the pressure through the boot onto the ski edge. The higher level skier has a more subtle dynamic and reversely is true for the beginner. When a skier has an over pronated or unstable foot, they may have more difficult time turning as the medial arch of the foot may collapse within the ski boot before the edging force can be transferred to the ski edge.

In the normal gait cycle, subtalar supination and pronation are primarily influenced by foot structure, shoe construction, and the supporting surface. In ski boots, subtalar joint supination and pronation are responding to knee function. In a normal ski boot, there may be too much medial room and there will be an inefficient transfer of force to the ski edge as the tibia and knee move medially. That is a ski orthotic comes in.

A ski orthotic from Atlas Biomechanics is usually molded indirectly to the foot in neutral position. This can be done either placing the heated orthotic blank under the insole inside ski boot or on the ground. By controlling the medial arch and preventing over pronation (or collapsing) the skier will have a more efficient transfer of energy and will decrease overall foot and knee fatigue. A properly fitted ski orthotic will make sure there is no wasted space under the foot, therefore allowing the ski to turn quicker and with more power.

Ski boots are known for being less than comfortable due to unsupported insoles. A great way to improve comfort and support is to create a custom orthotic from Atlas Biomechanics under the boots insole. Our athletic heat mold orthotic blanks are only 1.4 mm thick and are excellent for low volume ski boots. Ther can be private labeled with your name and phone number on the orthotic device.

Heat Mold Custom Orthotic Blank

heat mold custom orthotic

Duplicate a lab built custom orthotic arch support in less than 10 minutes for the fraction of the cost.
*3/4 semi rigid sport orthotic shell.
*12mm heel cup for added control
*Medium profile (Sport Orthotic) to fit in most gym and casual shoes.
*1.3 mm thin.

Completely heat moldable and reheat formable.

*Heat gun or Boiling Water  is the only equipment needed to fabricate a custom orthotic.
*Usual price range charged is between $140-375.
*Proprietary material used to ease of mold.
*Total contact fit.

Teri Green

Atlas Biomechanics

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Full Steel Shank Shoe Stabilizer Inserts for Forefoot Injuries

Steel Full stabilizer plate rigid insoles 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. The steel is 1/8″ thick and is puncture resistant.

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.

Can be used as a puncture resistant insole

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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