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How do Formthotics make a difference for your feet?

07 December 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Our feet are pretty important even though we may take for granted how much they do for us every day. For example, did you know, a person has over 25% of the bones in their body right down in his or her feet? Being in the business of feet, we have researched the best options in an orthotic that will compliment shoes and bring comfort, balance, stability, and increased performance and endurance to people's feet. So how do Formthotics foot orthotics, stand apart from other brands? The differences between all of these foot othotics is amazing - and a bit overwhelming if you are just beginning to look into what is right for your feet. 

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How can I prevent blisters on my feet?

29 November 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
I rritating and troublesome, blisters are not a joy for anyone. If you are a runner, work on your feet all day, or walk a lot,  it is never fun to have a blister develop. So why do these painful bumps develop and how can they be prevented?  How do you best care for blisters properly before they are extremely painful and debilitating?  It's important to always be treating your feet with the best care, so we want to address this painful issue to help with understanding why blisters occur and actions to take to prevent these painful blisters on my feet.
 

Why do blisters occur?

Blisters are mainly caused by friction, usually your shoes or socks rubbing against your skin. Anything that intensifies rubbing can start a blister, including a faster pace walking, hiking, or running; poor-fitting shoes; poorly fastened footwear (not doing up laces correctly); and the fabric and texture of your sock. Friction can also be intensified by heat and moisture making your feet swell inside those socks and shoes. (1)

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Are you fearful of falling?

06 November 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

As we age, sometimes mobility decreases due several reasons. Falling down can happen to the best of us and might just seem like and embarrassing inconvenience. However, injuries directly resulting from a fall in the elderly are the leading cause of hospitalisation and one of the top three causes of injury-related death (NZ ACC 2012). One in three people aged 65 and over are falling each year.  How can we delay this from happening, gain more control and stability in our feet, and prevent falls?

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Mike Phillips - Fastest Debut in the World in Ironman Triathlon!

24 October 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Triathlete Mike Phillips, our Team Formthotics Ambassador from Christchurch, New Zealand just made history the beginning of October 2017. Mike competed in his first Full Ironman Race in Barcelona, Spain finishing 2nd overall among a huge field of seasoned triathletes. His time of 7 hr, 52 min, 50 sec was the fastest debut world Ironman racer's time in history and his time is the 2nd fastest Kiwi ironman in NZ!  This was also one of the busiest races this fall with over 100 pro triathletes registered! The top finishing times are recorded to earn points toward an invitation to the 2018 World Champion Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, so a lot of athletes enter this IM creating a huge field of swimmers, cyclists, and runners to contend with. 

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Bethlehem Child Helped with Formthotics Orthotics / Insoles

17 October 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
  Christen lives in Beit Jala, a small town in Palestine close to  Bethlehem , and 10 km south of Jerusalem. She is 7 years old, and has a condition that has meant that for most of her life she has had to wear orthopaedic-style black shoes and boots….definitely not the footwear young girls like to wear!!
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Golfing with Excellent Orthotics

13 September 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

 "The golf swing always starts from the ground up." - Jack Nicklaus- Retired PGA Golfer.  Golfing with excellent foot support to improve balance, stance, and stability is a critical component. Adding Formthotics™ Sport Golf customisable orthotics into your golf shoes can really help improve this stability and support. You can play golf in comfortable shoes for longer with less fatigue; move more efficiently with better responsiveness; and gain improved stability. Ultimately, you’ll enjoy greater performance while playing golf.

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Podiator Celebrates Training it's 1000th Medical Specialist!

30 August 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

 

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RedBull TransSiberian Extreme - Most Difficult Bike Race in the World

07 August 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

One of our Team Formthotics Ambassadors, Peter Sandholt, is racing in the 2017 Redbull Trans Siberian Extreme Cycling Race that goes 9,278 km across the nation of Russia.  The race began 18th July 2017 and will run 24 days to 10th August.  It covers a huge scope of Russia -  Moscow to Vladivostock.

This is by far the toughest, longest, ultra-cycling stage race in the world. The cyclists will cover 5 climate zones, 8 time zones, 14 stages, 9287 km, all in 24 days.  The cycling across Russia race is very prestigious - being the world's longest and most difficult. You have to be invited to race in this one.  Peter began with 7 other men cyclists and 2 women cyclists in the race.  The TransSiberian Extreme is 2X longer than the Race Across America & 3X longer than the Tour de France.

 Watch the first week of the race here:

Peter Sandholt is a High School teacher from DenmarkPeter has found tremendous help with Formthotics in his cycling shoes as they have worked to prevent a common difficulty with long distance cycling - "hotfeet", have helped position Peter's feet better over his pedals to provide more power, have prevented injury and helped prevail foot strength. 

 Pictures credits to *RedBull TransSiberian Extreme photographers

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Training on the Biomechanics of the Feet

31 July 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Did you know that Foot Science International, the creators of Formthotics, is offering three more intensive one-day medical training courses, Entering the FootZone that we provide in New Zealand for medical professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the foot and lower limb, and good treatment options? Make sure to click on the links below to sign up for one of the three dates offered in August, September, and October. 

Simply put, Entering the FootZone provides the essential link between the biomechanical models and patient assessment stages of the process and the all-important prescription stage. A lot of training courses end at the evaluation stage, and you aren’t given the tools to make accurate prescriptions. Entering the Foot Zone aims to create a seamless process from Theory - Assessment - Prescription - Fitting - Review - Evaluation of Results.

Course trainer, Richard van Plateringen begins the hands-on training assesment

2017 COURSE DATES (sign up on Eventbrite by clicking city):

Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm Cost: $199.00 - $219.00

 

This course can act as a refresher for podiatrists or a special interest course for other medical professionals including physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports medicine practitioners and orthotists who are interested in the FootZone. Learn new clinical methods with the revised "6 Tests, 6 Steps" a patient centric process of assessment, selection and fitting of Formthotics. Learn when it is best to refer to a podiatrist and what you can help assess.

The goal is to walk away from the course being able to confidently asses your patient's foot and lower limb function and pathology. Rationalise and justify patient treatment with the biomechanics of the feet, including the appropriate prescription of Formthotics orthotics. The course is taught by Sports Podiatrist, Richard Van Plateringen from Dunedin and will include lunch and morning and afternoon tea plus a 5 pair pack of Formthotics and orthotic additions for you to use during the training course and in your practice.

Formthotics also has training courses that are offered in other parts of the world. Check out our event page.

 

 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn how to confidently diagnose, assess and treat your patients' foot conditions 
    quickly and accurately
  • Improve your knowledge of foot function and lower limb biomechanics
  • Learn how to incorporate orthotic therapy into your treatment regimes
  • Learn when to refer 

 

If you are interested in our many trainings we are providing in New Zealand, or would like to schedule a specific training for your office, please contact steve.lafferty@footscienceinternational.co.nz 

 

Read more about our training coursework and how offering training sets our medical orthotics apart.

 

 

 

 

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A Firefighters Run for New Zealand

28 July 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
We have had the great honour to follow Maaka McKinney as he traveled from Bluff, NZ the southern point of New Zealand to Cape Reinga, NZ the northern point of New Zealand all in 17 days on bicycle up the South island and foot up the North island. Toward the end of this major journey, Maaka joined the firefighters of New Zealand and climbed the Sky Tower in Auckland with 25KG of firefighter equipment.
 
The journey began on Anzac Day, 23 April, 2017 - a noteworthy day as Maaka did this major journey to raise funds for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Depression within the First Responder community (his bike and walk through the entire nation) and for Leukemia and Blood Cancer of New Zealand ( Sky Tower Challenge).  Maaka served in the Middle East and found when he returned to his work as a Firefighter in New Zealand, he personally experienced a lot of post traumatic stress disorder and depression. He knew he needed to seek out professional help and realised there are others in his same situation serving in first responder roles who also may need professional mental help. 
 
"I walked, ran, cycled the length of NZ to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression within the First Responder community, Police, Fire and Ambulance. The aim was to encourage First Responders to seek professional help with any work related mental issues. And not to bottle them up out of fear of the stigma or perception percieved by others etc. But to be open and learn from their work related experiences." -Maaka McKinney
 
   
"In total with the challenge that I had laid in front of me , I knew my body was going to be put through its paces and more importantly, I had to develop ways to combat likely injuries.  I left Bluff, NZ and over a 1 month period with no support crew, living off pretty much what I carried on my back, I headed North. "
 
"My shoulders, followed by my back, and then knees finally my feet slowly started to give me major problems. Luckily my feet, although blistered, managed to survive ok thanks to Jean from Resonance Aspiring Podiatry meeting me at Lake Taupo with a pair of Formthotics to fit in my cycling shoes and hiking boots.  Formthotics  moulded to my feet easily and gave great support especially along undulating ground and even when my feet and socks were wet from crossing through creeks. They quickly dried over night and were ready to go the next day. The other thing I found about Formthotics was they also fitted into my boots firmly thus minimising movement within the boot."
 
"When I started on the cycling phase of my journey I simply took the Formthotics foot orthotics sole from my boots and inserted them with ease into my cycling shoes. And again they provided great comfort and support. I highly recommend the Formthotics foot orthotics for sporting, adventure, or endurance type activities."
 
 
 
 
It was a tremendous effort Maaka did in 17 days of raising awareness about depression and PTSD within the first responder community and encouraging our Police Officers Firefighters and Ambulance Officers to access professional help if experiencing work related mental issues. He stopped at numerous places to meet first responders and see a lot of these heros he knows. It raised a great awareness for the entire country of NZ.  Article and Video Link from NZ Herald
 
   
 
 
 
Maaka journeyed by foot all the way up the North island to Auckland to join other first resonders to climb the steps of the Sky Tower with all of their gear (25KG +) to raise funds for  Leukemia & Blood Cancer NZ. Overall, $1.65 million was raised through the Sky Tower Challenge and Maaka raised $16,430 of these funds! He was met that morning in Auckland before the climb with an emotional Haka ceremony. Then they took the 20 minute challenge to run up  51 flights, 1,103 steps wearing 25kg of kit breathing apparatus!
 
After climbing the tower with other firefighters, army members, ambulance responders and police officer s, Maaka continued for the next 5 days on foot up to the top of the North island to Cape Reinga. The full 1800 KM challenge, plus 51 flights of steps wearing 25 kg of gear - all in 17 days. 
 

"I completed my journey and made it to the Cape. A very hilly route getting there.

"Completing my journey has now found me with mixed emotions. Sad, as I'm actually going to miss living on the road and slogging my body everyday and pushing the limits. Sad, because I met so many beautiful people and received so much love and support from all of you. I'm going to miss that. Happy though as I can now rest and look forward to the "What next?""

"This journey has developed my passion to now think of ways how I can use my experience to assist, support and educate our first responders through PTSD and Depression. And so I am seriously looking into setting up a charitable organisation that can achieve these aims.  Arohanui ki a koutou katoa whānau. Thank you "

 
 

 

 

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