Podiator Celebrates Training it's 1000th Medical Specialist!

30 August 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

 

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Formthotics- A Great Orthotic Solution for Physical Therapy Clinics

21 August 2017 - posted by Gerard Greene

One of our United Kingdom Physio Therapists, Gerard Greene  has been offering training to Physio therapists throughout Europe in our Formthotics brand for foot orthotics. Gerard began to fit Formthotics to his own patients within his clinic this year because he found they make such a great difference for people in their shoes. We had the priviledge to ask Gerard a few questions about the benefits he is finding fitting his patients with Formthotics. 

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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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Formthotics Medical Training Sets These Orthotics Apart

01 June 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

You may be considering supplying Formthotics orthotics in your medical practice, but have medical staff who are unfamiliar with the benefits of these orthotics and how they can actually help each patient's feet with comfort, balance, and alignment. A brief training on how to easily shape to a patient's foot and how to determine if additions are necessary to be fitted for the biomechanical alignment of your patient's feet could be a great solution to help your medical staff know how and when to prescribe Formthotics

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Running your First 5K: The Recipe for Success

12 May 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

A 5K race - that's 3.1 miles - may sound daunting. But with the right preparation, you can conquer this course in 5-10 weeks of training. 

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Ski Cross World Championships - Silver!!!

18 April 2017 - posted by Jamie Prebble

Thats a wrap for another season. I am hugely proud to have pulled out my best result to date with a silver medal at the World Championships Freestyle Ski 2017! Jamie has been an Ambassador on Team Formthotics and is born and raise in New Zealand. He skis with Formthotics in his ski boots and considers this one of his secret weapons in racing.

World Championships, Sierra Nevada, Spain - Jamie Prebble places Silver in Ski Cross! Photo credit: FIS Freesyle/ Gepa

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Olympic Cycling athlete finds the right orthotic

23 March 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Hayden Roulston, 2-time Olympian from New Zealand and a Professional Cyclist and Coach has found strong benefits from Formthotics in his cycling shoes. He mentions he like Formthotics foot orthotics because they are heat mouldable and can be adjusted easily. These orthotics have helped Hayden to be comfortable with that contact point that is always in the pedal. "Your feet are critical in cycling and you want to keep your feet healthy and without troubles."

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Jamie Prebble Ski Cross Results - Going Big!

03 February 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
Formthotics is thrilled to have Jamie Prebble as our Ambassador in Ski Cross representing the New Zealand Ski Team. Jamie has worn Formthotics in his ski boots finding they are a true help with the perfect positioning of his feet inside his boots when racing in the intense way this sport requires. The increased responsiveness and feedback along with the comfort Formthotics Snow and Ice provide are all major power to his ski racing. Jamie has had some success with great results in several World Cups in December 2016 and January 2017 along with a big win at the Europe Cup Ski Cross Race this January 2017. 
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New Zealand – Cycle Ride of a Lifetime!

05 August 2016 - posted by Wiremu Wineera

Wiremu Wineera, a seasoned cyclist who has competed in triathlon and ironman races completed a ride of a lifetime earlier this year. He was a part of the USO Bike Ride #USOBluff2Cape from the southern point of New Zealand – Bluff, to the Northern point of New Zealand - Cape Reinga.

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The company behind Formthotics

26 July 2016 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Foot Science International is a New Zealand based company that began 35 years ago and is still innovating the top heat mouldable foot orthotics in the world for people with medical needs for their feet as well as active athletes of all ages in sports such as golf, cycling, running, football, rugby, basketball, gymnasts, and more. The people behind the company are our biggest asset. We have had a bit of fun this year creating a new website about Foot Science International. Have a look at www.footscienceinternational.co.nz and meet our staff and research team that goes behind the incredible Formthotics custom foot orthotics. 

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