A Step-Up In Foot Consolation For Girls: Customized, Versatile Orthotics No Longer Compromise Type For Stability: By Jamie Greenawalt, President, Foot Levelers 

Foot Levelers, the world’s main supplier of hand-crafted {custom} orthotics and serving multi-disciplinary professionals and clinicians is proud to share with Medical Machine Information Journal our new and improved custom-crafted {custom}, versatile orthotics – developed by ladies, for girls. These {custom}, versatile orthotics resolve the huge variations in foot construction between men and women, relieving the discomfort, ache and fatigue that outcomes from high-fashion footwear and avoiding critical foot well being points down the road.

Girls’s our bodies are vastly completely different from males’s – proper all the way down to the foot. For that reason, the 5th Avenue Customized Assortment  was re-designed to be extra attentive to a girl’s distinctive foot construction. As with all Foot Levelers custom-crafted orthotics, that are fabricated from a weightbearing forged or scan and completely accessible from Foot Levelers, this modern design stabilizes all three arches of the foot. This leads to wholesome stability and alignment for complete physique well being.

Many ladies’s shoe designs, together with excessive heels, pointed toes and a slim final, fail to account for these variations in ladies’s ft. This new custom-crafted orthotic allows ladies to put on their favourite footwear with out compromising their well being.

Male v. Feminine: Huge Variations in Foot Construction

Girls’s ft differ from males on the subject of their form and dimension and their knee alignments and gait kinds are additionally very dissimilar. Joint issues and symptom patterns differ, as nicely, so orthotic options should be particular. As ladies age, their foot issues are inclined to turn out to be extra extreme, usually leading to vital incapacity and issues with strolling. Acceptable decrease extremity remedy and spinal assist rely upon differentiating every girl’s wants.

  • Girls are inclined to have a narrower heel in relation to the forefoot
  • A lady’s forefoot is wider and causes the biomechanical forces on the foot to be distributed in a different way
  • A lady’s foot is narrower general than a person’s foot relative to its size
  • The feminine Achilles tendon is smaller in circumference and energy, but additionally shorter

Whereas many decrease extremity situations in ladies are related to or end result from irregular biomechanics of the ft, unhealthy shoe designs, resembling excessive heels, solely enhance and speed up the chance of growing bunions, hammer toes, callus formation, interdigital neuromas and metatarsalgia that may include age. In consequence, orthotics for girls ought to be designed to assist the longitudinal and anterior transverse arches to offer metatarsal passing and to restrict extreme heel movement.

Research verify that small, dense metatarsal arch pads positioned extra distally cut back the pressures on the metatarsal heads and may lower plantar pressures and cut back ache.  Throughout the research, quantitative measurements of dynamic peak pressures for 10 asymptomatic topics with and with out metatarsal pads had been made utilizing the pedobarograph. Feminine volunteers had a discount in peak metatarsal pressures from 12% to 60% when a small metatarsal pad was appropriately utilized to the foot.

Each girl must put on footwear which have been designed for the gender-specific wants of the feminine foot. This implies a shoe that’s slim on the heel and widens considerably on the forefoot. It ought to have a brief, however large toe field, and a few mechanism (resembling laces or straps) to maintain the slim heel in place throughout gait. Sadly, this describes only a few of the footwear at present purchased and worn by ladies in our society. Conventional excessive heels and pumps don’t fall into the wholesome shoe class.

Orthotics for girls ought to be designed to assist the longitudinal and anterior transverse arches, to offer metatarsal padding, and to restrict extreme heel movement. One research of sufferers with metatarsalgia discovered that custom-made orthotics with a “metatarsal dome” decreased the plantar pressures by a mean of 17% and diminished the reported ache 71%.

Advantages of Newly Designed Customized-Crafted Orthotics

Along with the numerous new options that may enhance assist and luxury, there are extra benefits to including these new custom-crafted versatile orthotics to a girl’s wardrobe. They’re accessible in two kinds: for footwear with heels as much as one inch and heels between one and two inches.

Benefits Of Newly Designed Custom-Crafted Orthotics


  • Shorter: The fifth Avenue for 1″ has been barely shortened and narrowed for a greater, low-profile match whereas nonetheless offering most consolation, assist and stabilization.
  • Extra Comfy: Thick layer of Propacel™ within the toe space has been changed with the streamlined VitaStep™ Consolation System for each the 1” and a pair of” kinds, offering most assist and a greater slot in a better assortment of girls’s footwear, together with narrower ones with smaller toe packing containers.
  • Softer: The Fifth Avenue Assortment maintains the luxurious Lambson™ vegan leather-based prime cowl
  • Extra Shock Absorption: As a result of ladies want distinctive assist within the heels, the fifth Avenue {custom}, versatile orthotics include a Zorbacel® heel pad for further shock absorption and luxury whereas sustaining correct assist for a slim becoming shoe.
  • Dynamic Response System™ (DRS) Now Commonplace Characteristic: DRS is now a typical function slightly than an add-on choice. This proprietary arch materials acts like a suspension system and enhances stability by responding to variable hundreds and uneven terrain.

Customized-Crafted Versatile Orthotics vs. “Off-the-Shelf” Merchandise

Understanding the Distinction

Over-the-counter insoles and inserts from the grocery store or drugstore fall woefully brief in offering aid – for girls in addition to for males. One-size-fits-all insoles and inserts fail to account for a novel foot and should not match correctly in a shoe – whether or not it’s a girl’s excessive heels or informal footwear or a person’s costume footwear or work boots.

Customized versatile orthotics are clearly a greater choice since they’re particularly made for particular person use, are fabricated to assist not merely strolling but additionally to enhance stability, strolling adaptability and ahead motion. When these aims are met, the {custom} orthotic offers the assist that’s wanted for the ft and for general physique well being.

Addressing Foot Dysfunction

Most individuals by no means consider their ft as a contributing issue for again ache, though foot dysfunction is commonly the basis reason for many backbone issues and the accompanying ache – particularly points associated to carrying excessive heels or pointed toe footwear. In the present day, there may be rising recognition that the ft are the inspiration of the physique and the kinetic chain that’s answerable for optimum functioning of the knees, hips and again.

Constrictive footwear intensify the issues of excessive heels, they usually create issues of their very own. A research of 356 wholesome ladies discovered that 88% had been carrying footwear that had been considerably smaller than their ft.11 The typical distinction measured between the shoe and the foot was 1.2 cm. 80% of the ladies within the research acknowledged that they’d some foot ache (nearly all within the forefoot). Curiously, in these ladies who reported no foot ache, the common foot-shoe discrepancy was solely 0.56 cm. The researchers advisable that ladies ought to at all times purchase their footwear by match, and never by dimension, and that footwear ought to at all times be tried on on the finish of the day and be fitted to the burden bearing foot.

The Foot Levelers group recommends that each one feminine sufferers ought to have their footwear checked for match, since many are carrying footwear that don’t match their ft, with heel heights that enhance the pressures on the fronts of their ft. One straightforward methodology to examine shoe match is to hint every foot throughout standing, after which hint the shoe (as was performed within the shoe survey described above). Any vital discrepancy implies that the foot is cramped when standing and restricted throughout gait. When the next heel is worn, extra stress is exerted on the forefoot, making correct match extra important.

Have it Your Approach!

Backbone care specialists more and more acknowledge that step one in treating again ache could possibly be using {custom} versatile orthotics which can be confirmed to work. The perfect system (product) ought to handle the three parts of gait which divide every step into the heel strike (shock absorption), midstance (stabilization) and toe-off (propulsion) to handle the three arches in every foot as described earlier.

These issues present the first motivation for the event of the fifth Avenue Assortment. Girls are sometimes inspired to put on trendy footwear – resembling fashionable, strappy excessive heels — however face an ongoing battle to search out fashionable footwear that received’t kill their ft and are wearable for hours with none ache. Now they don’t have to surrender carrying that nice pair of footwear that spends extra time within the closet than on their ft. It’s time for girls to re-visit that fabulous pair of footwear that goes with any outfit, add a 5th Avenue versatile orthotic and be comfy.

About Jamie Greenawalt, President, Foot Levelers, Inc.

Jamie Greenawalt, an completed senior degree government with international enterprise growth, operations, and advisory expertise, has carved out an distinctive profession path, one which in the end circled again to the household enterprise the place she establishes the third technology of management. Previous to rejoining Foot Levelers in 2020, Ms. Greenawalt served because the Operations Officer with World Financial institution (South Asia Area); throughout her tenure, Jamie co-led a ladies’s entrepreneurship program spanning eight international locations. This program was a pivotal venture centered on driving impactful empowerment and infrastructure initiatives. Jamie’s twenty-plus years of home and worldwide management expertise is clear in her skilled influence: her success in growing distinctive, cross-functional groups and her monitor document of reaching peak enterprise growth outcomes.

Jamie’s ardour for ongoing training, analysis, and technological developments that serve to advance the healthcare group is a spine crucial and, thusly, informs her management method at Foot Levelers, Inc. This dedication to innovation and partnership permeates operational selections throughout all disciplines and solidifies the corporate’s stronghold because the market (and thought) chief within the {custom} orthotics business.