Formthotics orthotics help prevent Lower Limb Injuries

05 February 2018 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Lower limb injuries can be a major issue for military personnel. Any time major field work, training, and requirements that keep an individual on his or her feet for hours at a time can cause a lot of  trauma in the legs and feet.  Formthotics has had the privilege of working with La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia, to assist in a series of research studies to determine if orthoses can assist in preventing lower leg and foot injuries. This past October 2017, research was published from LaTrobe University on lower limb overuse injury prevention with Formthotics (Bonanno DR, et al. Br J Sports Med 2017;0:1–6. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-098273) conducted with Navy military recruits. The findings were astounding. Out of a sample size of 306 naval recruits who were fitted with Formthotics, there was a 34% reduction in common lower limb injuries

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A great solution for dancers' feet -orthotics for street shoes

30 January 2018 - posted by Formthotics HQ

 

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What Type of Formthotics Insoles are best for me?

23 January 2018 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Formthotics are custom fitted foot orthotics, designed to provide the support and comfort that you need. With a unique design and manufacturing process, Formthotics have established distinguishing features that create the ultimate foot orthotics that naturally fit your feet.

One of the questions that gets asked a lot is “What type of Formthotics insoles will work best with my type of  foot needs?" The best solution is to visit your medical professional who can determine the best options for your feet and the types of shoes you are wearing the most to get the most benefit from Formthotics. To learn how we have developed our unique product for all of the types of feet and footwear for both athletic use and medical use to get more people active and getting more comfort, balance, and performance from their shoes. 

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How do Formthotics make a difference for your feet?

08 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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Are you fearful of falling?

07 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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Freiberg's Disease - How Formthotics can Help

31 October 2017 - posted by Parisa Forouzandeh

What is Freiberg's disease?

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A Firefighters Run for New Zealand

29 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

02 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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Do Orthotics Help with Heel Pain?

06 April 2017 - posted by Raewyn Phipps

The foot is a very complex structure which is exposed to significant forces during day to day activities. Foot pain is a common problem and when present is known to adversely affect every day activities.  Whether caused by a specific incident or developed over time left untreated, foot pain can really slow you down.

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Olympic Cycling athlete finds the right orthotic

24 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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