Foot and heel pain is a serious issue for many people, with the potential to affect many aspects of daily life. When every step is met with pain or burning sensations, sufferers can sometimes be unable to work or carry on with their normal activities. While anti-inflammatory medications can reduce pain in some cases, this approach is only treating the symptoms, while doing nothing to alleviate the actual problem. Additionally, these medications may have harmful side-effects and can cause havoc in the digestive system. The longer one takes these drugs, the greater the chance of irritation, ulceration and even perforation due to the effects on the lining of the esophagus and stomach lining. It is important to know that natural, no-nonsense approaches to resolving foot pain are available.
Heel and foot pain can be caused by a variety of issues. A common contributor to almost all these ailments is poor gait. The most common issue is excess pronation, wherein the foot gets rolled inward and the arch gets flattened while walking. Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Morton's neuroma and Achilles pain are all different conditions that can result due to poor gait. Identifying the root cause of foot pain is important since it helps the sufferer understand why exactly their feet hurt and can help identify strategies for treating the pain, resolving the problem, and preventing recurrences.
Orthaheel products are designed by podiatrist Phillip Vasyli. He has conducted and reviewed clinical and practical research to develop these unique orthotics that help people improve their gait, by realigning how one walks, adjusting the gait to a more natural state. The tri-planar motion control system provides solid support and stability. These products can help correct pronation, provide shock-absorbing properties, and restore a natural gait.
These claims have been backed up by solid clinical research. Physical therapists from around the world have trialed the Orthaheel products, and found pain relief and pronation reduction. The trial was so effective that 90% of those who participated reported total relief from heel and knee pain after twelve weeks. Orthaheel devices have received support from the American Podiatric Medical Association; dozens of Orthaheel and Vionics products have received this prestigious group's seal of acceptance, to date, including the three models of Active and Relief orthotics being offered here.
Orthaheel inserts can be used in virtually any men's or women's shoe (or boot). These orthotics are designed to target specific needs, and come in a variety of models, with several lengths and two widths (regular and slim).
The five models available here are intended mainly for relatively flat shoes (as opposed to elevated shoes with a high heel or wedge), which are more likely to accommodate their regular width heel and arch areas (which should not be trimmed), and range from a half-length Gel Heel Device (which may be preferable for shoes without removable insoles or without much room for an insert) which will mainly help with heel pain; to a three-quarter length orthotic for Everyday Support (which can also fit over existing insoles or in narrower shoes or those with a shallower toe box); to three types of full length orthotics, designed primarily either for Running or fast walking with a maximum of orthotic support; or for a great deal of Shock Absorbing, but with far less contoured arch support; or for just Everyday Support, with medium levels of both cushioning and contoured arch support.
Walk Pain Free Guarantee
Orthaheel is so confident these inserts will help bring you pain relief from foot, ankle and other lower leg pains resulting from over-pronation, they come with a 30-day manufacturer's guarantee. It may take a little time to adjust to the models with higher levels of biomechanical orthotic support, however, so they suggest wearing them for a few hours at a time for the first few days to allow your body to adapt to the technology.