IMPACT GEL INSOLES – Billy Mays Pitchmen and IMPACT GEL INSOLES

April 19, 2009 by  
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IMPACT GEL INSOLES – Billy Mays Pitchmen and IMPACT GEL INSOLE
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So now that we have all seen Pitchmen on The Discovery Channel and watched Billy Mays and the impact guys smash and squash the impact gel insoles with a hammer and an automobile, what’s your take on Pitchmen?


We were quite sure the impact gel insole material would hold up to any test the Pitchmen carnival barkers could throw at it, but we don’t want anyone out there to think that just because a couple of stooges like the Pitchmen put impact gel insoles on an info-reality show means the product is not legitimate.

The impact gel insoles were featured on Pitchmen because they needed a great product that people would want to buy and our medical professionals are here to tell you exactly why the impact gel insoles are worth every penny.

The Impact Gel material is also utilized by our medical experts when prescribing and designing custom functional and accommodative foot orthotics for their own patients.

The Impact Gel material’s amazing ability to redistribute energy is perfect for incorporating the material into areas of the custom device whereby the foot requires specific and /or additional accommodation.  This can include padding for problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, AchillesTendoniitis, Shin Splints or Metatarsal relief.

Impact Gel Insoles
can also be used to help reduce the shock at heel strike that may cause knee, hip, and backpain.  The outcomes have been extremely positive.

Foot Care is the most important thing to us here but Television runs a close second. Well that’s not really true. We are fitness buffs, but when a hot new show like PitchMen is premiering on the Discovery Channel and one of our products is featured, we suddenly become interested.

So make sure you tune to PicthMen Sunday morning at 11am and watch Billy Mays put our Impact Gel Insoles to the test. He actually loves the product and has taken his act to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was literally a smash.

PitchMen is a show that promises to put all the claims of “As Seen on TV” products to the test and most won’t fare to well. However, Impact Gel Insoles are a great product used by the leading Podiatrists and Podorthists around the world. In fact, at FootcareExpress we are one of the few companies that feature the same material in our custom foot orthotics as well having a full range of the Inpact Gel Insoles you will in action on The Discovery Channel Tonight.

It’s not our fault that Television has discovered how great Impact Gel Insoles are, and please believe us when we tell you that this is no Inside The Egg Scrambler.

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Impact Gel Insoles… Clinically Proven, Podiatric Tested! Designed to utilize the full impact absorbing power of Impact Gel providing ultimate cushioning. Antimicrobial foot bed construction helps eliminate odor-causing bacteria and reduces friction. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes S-XL

Tender, sensitive feet can hurt when you walk, especially under the heels and balls of your feet where bone spurs and foot imbalances can create painful pressure points. In addition, with every step you take, a jarring shock wave pulsates upwards through your body, creating pain in your knees, legs and lower back. Impact Gel has created an incredible insole that absorbs eliminates the pressure that causes sore, aching feet.

  • Redistributes weight under sensitive pressure points.
  • Provides maximum foot protection where it is needed most.
  • Guaranteed cushioning comfort and durability
  • Advanced antimicrobial fabric provides exceptional odor control.
  • Helps you stay on your feet longer
VERY LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER: Only $24.99

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Choosing the Right Orthotic

April 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask The Experts, Foot Care Articles

How to Choose the Right Prefabricated Orthotic

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There are many different types prefabricated arch supports and inserts to choose from in today’s marketplace. Each of these over-the-counter products promises to be “band-aids” and relieve pain and discomfort for foot, knee, leg, hip and back pain. The balancing act here is the middle of the road individual who requires cushioning but some support. In these instances, fit and feel is always the best litmus test. This is the trial and error of the prefabricated arch supports and insoles. A person must know how they feel the most accommodated, whether it is a high arch they need or a low arch or whether they feel more comfortable with lots of cushion or hardly any at all. And then there are the multiple combinations of all of the above that are commonly found in stores and available to consumers.

Therefore, it is important to know your foot type when choosing the correct prefabricated arch support or insert. Some of these products are firm or rigid where others are soft or flexible. Individuals who have flat and flexible type feet are generally more comfortable with products that provide some type of arch support. Flat feet normally tend to be due to overpronation, which may be a case where the foot is absorbing too much shock and lacking support. The pronated foot is one in which the heel bone angles inward and the arch tends to collapse. A “knock-kneed” person has overly pronated feet. This flattens the arch as the foot strikes the ground in order to absorb shock when the heel hits the ground, and to assist in balance during mid-stance. If habits develop, this action can lead to foot pain as well as knee pain, shin splints, achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Prefabricated arch supports and insoles for these types of persons are usually designed with some firmness in the arch area of the foot to provide some support and stability in the arch area of the foot.

In contrast, Individuals who have high arch and inflexible feet are more comfortable with products that provide mostly cushion. These types of feet are generally more rigid and tend to be more supinated. Supination (or underpronation) is the insufficient inward roll of the foot after landing. This places extra stress on the foot and can result in iliotibial band syndrome of the knee, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis. Usually, a person who has a very high arch foot lacks that ability to absorb shock, therefore, they are more comfortable with products that are much softer and provide more cushioning.

The above should be used as a guide. Prefabricated arch supports and insole use with different footwear can also be a factor. It is always best to consult with an expert for the most appropriate product for the best results.

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PitchMen Premiers on Discovery Channel With Impact Gel Insoles

April 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Releases

PitchMen on Discovery Channel

Foot Care is the most important thing to us here but Television runs a close second.  Well that’s not really true.  We are fitness buffs, but when a hot new show like PitchMen is premiering on the Discovery Channel and one of our products is featured, we suddenly become interested.

So make sure you tune to PicthMen tonight and watch Billy Mays put our Inpact Gel Insoles to the test.  He actually loves the product and has taken his act to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was literally a smash.

PitchMen is a show that promises to put all the claims of “As Seen on TV” products to the test and most won’t fare to well.  However, Impact Gel Insoles are a great product used by the leading Podiatrists and Podorthists around the world.  In fact, at FootcareExpress we are one of the few companies that feature the same material in our custom foot orthotics as well having a full range of the Inpact Gel Insoles you will in action on The Discovery Channel Tonight.

It’s not our fault that Television has discovered how great Impact Gel Insoles are, and please believe us when we tell you that this is no Inside The Egg Scrambler.

shoe-insoles

Impact Gel Insoles… Clinically Proven, Podiatric Tested! Designed to utilize the full impact absorbing power of Impact Gel providing ultimate cushioning. Antimicrobial foot bed construction helps eliminate odor-causing bacteria and reduces friction. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes S-XL

Tender, sensitive feet can hurt when you walk, especially under the heels and balls of your feet where bone spurs and foot imbalances can create painful pressure points. In addition, with every step you take, a jarring shock wave pulsates upwards through your body, creating pain in your knees, legs and lower back. Impact Gel has created an incredible insole that absorbs eliminates the pressure that causes sore, aching feet.

  • Redistributes weight under sensitive pressure points.
  • Provides maximum foot protection where it is needed most.
  • Guaranteed cushioning comfort and durability
  • Advanced antimicrobial fabric provides exceptional odor control.
  • Helps you stay on your feet longer
VERY LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER: Only $24.99

Gel Insoles

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Our First Steps – Flat Feet

April 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask The Experts, Foot Care Articles

I often hear people tell me that they have the “flattest feet” or their feet are “flat as a board”. In truth, the only people that truly have normal “flatfeet” are infants.

Flatfoot may be defined as an absence of the arch upon standing or walking. It is often associated with excessive inward “rolling” of the foot known as pronation. It is well accepted that children under the age of 7-10 years normally do not possess a significant arch or one that resembles the average adult foot. James Losito, D.P.M., Professor of Biomechanics at Barry University and a team physician for the Miami Heat, University of Miami and Barry University Intercollegiate Athletic Programs and Medical Director for Pro-Tech Sports Medicine, has had lots of experience with care of common pediatric pathologies. ” It is for this reason, that pain and function be emphasized rather than the cosmetic appearance of the foot when determining if a child’s foot is abnormally flat,” says Dr. Losito.

Dr. Losito states that a history of fatigue, cramping, pain, excessive shoewear or “sloppy” gait are the most reliable indicators that an abnormality is present. Several different causes of flatfoot exist including, ligamentous laxity, tightness of the Achilles tendon (equinus), muscular weakness or spasticity, and pigeon-toed gait. In the adult, excessive pronation (flattening of the arch) may produce many problems including tendinitis, fascitis, shin splints and stress fractures. Therefore, treatment of a symptomatic pediatric flatfoot should not be ignored. In some cases, treatment such as muscular strengthening or stretching is the key to improving the flatfoot condition. However, in many instances a functional orthotic device may be used in conjunction with exercises or used alone.

For example, children who walk pigeon-toed (intoed) or slew-foot (out-toed) suffer from severe pronation (flattening of the arch) as compensation during gait. A functional foot orthosis helps prevent the excessive pronation, which can lead to a structural flatfoot. In those children who trip, stumble or are clumsy, the orthotic can be fabricated to reduce the degree and severity of the abnormal gait pattern.

Children who suffer from equinus, defined as a tight Achilles tendon almost always suffer from excessive pronation and a flatfoot. This requires rigorous stretching exercises or surgery to eliminate the abnormal force creating the flatfoot. Functional foot orthosis are useful in eliminating any residual pronation and supporting the foot if any permanent structural changes have occurred.

Shoes and functional foot orthosis are not necessary for normal development of the child’s foot. However, when the aforementioned symptoms are present, functional foot orthotic devices are a proven and successful option that families can benefit from to help correct and prevent future problems.

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Neuroma Pain: A Common Problem

April 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Ask The Experts, Foot Care Articles

Neuroma pain is typically described as a burning, tingling pain of the forefoot and toes.  It can also be felt as an aching or shooting pain in the forefoot.  Patients with this problem commonly state that it feels like they are walking on a pebble under their forefoot.  The patients usually state that removing their shoes and massaging the forefoot relieve the discomfort.   The pain that is present is usually present following a long period of standing, walking, or running.

A neuroma is formed by an enlargement of the sheath surrounding a nerve that runs between the metatarsal bones in the forefoot (just behind the toes).  The most common location that this occurs is between the third and fourth metatarsals.  Neuromas may also occur between the other metatarsal bones also.  The reason that the neuroma is located in this area is that the nerve running between the bones divides here and has two branches one going to each of the toes in front of the metatarsals. It is a chronic inflammatory process that causes the enlargement of the nerve sheath.

A common cause of a neuroma is wearing shoe gear that is too tight.  Another common cause of neuromas can be pronation (turning out of the heels) of the foot.  The pronation causes a rotation of the metatarsal bones, which can cause pinching of he nerve between the adjacent bones.  It is this chronic pinching by either tight shoes or rotation of the bones that causes the enlargement of the nerve sheath.  And as the nerve sheath continues to enlarge the pain continues to get worse for the patient.

Prior to seeing a podiatrist a patient may try some of the following to relieve their pain.  A patient should first evaluate their shoes.  If the shoes are tight, then the patient should replace those shoes with a wider shoe that does not squeeze the foot.  A patient may also check the laces on the shoes to make sure they are not tied to tight.  A patient may also try to get more supportive shoes that may stop some of the pronation that may be present and adding to the problem.  A patient may also choose to try some over the counter pain medication.

Upon seeing a podiatrist the patient should expect a thorough medical and biomechanical evaluation.  After the evaluation the podiatrist can treat the neuroma several different ways.  Conservative treatments consist of placing pads under the forefoot to take the pressure off of the areas as well as to try and spread the metatarsal bones.  These pads can be placed in shoes by themselves or incorporated into a custom orthoitc.  The custom orthotic is also designed to control the pronation that may be present.   A podiatrist may also want to inject the neuroma.  A steroid injection is sometimes utilized to try and stop the inflammatory process that is occurring and causing the pain.  Another option is that the podiatrist may try sclerosing the nerve with an alcohol injection.  The goal of the sclerosing is to shrink the enlarged nerve sheath.  It may a series of several injections prior to seeing any improvement.  Finally if all the above treatments have not relieved the patient’s pain the podiatrist may choose to surgically remove the neuroma.

Neuromas are a problem that effect many patients.  It is a problem that usually responds to conservative treatment, but in some situations surgical removal is necessary.

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