June 5, 2018

FootBalance: The Analysis

Your feet are the foundation of your body differing for anyone else’s and often differing from left foot to right foot. Any imbalance from your feet up through the body may result in pain, discomfort or loss in performance stemming from this common misalignment. Greater than 75% of the population suffer from either overpronation or supination. Our FootBalance 100% custom insoles support your feet properly in a neutral position aiding a balance stance and correct body posture from the foundation of your body addressing a wide range of extremely common issues caused by foot misalignment. The effects of our FootBalance 100% Custom Insoles can be felt throughout the body improving performance in your sport, reducing the risk of injury through full body alignment or just offering extra support and cushioning working in the office or chasing the kids around the house.

So let’s talk about your feet! When you next visit one our stores but sure to have your feet analysed. You will find you have one of three common foot types.

You could you have the most common foot types, overpronation. This is when your foot rolls excessively inward, distributing weight unevenly across the foot. Commonly known as having flat feet, this foot type is commonly associated with increased risk of injury.

Supination or underpronation, the least common of the three foot types. This foot type vastly reduces the body’s natural shock absorbing capability. Highlighted by an external rotation, pushing the body’s weight along the outside of the foot.

Neutral foot type is where your foot and ankle maintain a straight line. Weight is distributed evenly across the forefoot and down through the heel. This is the ideal foot type but if foot health is not maintained has the potential to collapse into overpronation.

 

 

The medial arch, spanning from the heel to the ball of the foot, tells us a lot about the foot. It functions to distribute body weight and impact and is the body’s natural stock absorber. Think of it like a spring, once you put your foot on the ground the medial arch compresses and springs your foot into your next step.

Similar to different foot types your arches are unique to you and differ from person to person, foot to foot. We break it down into four categories: collapsed arch, low arch, normal arch and high arch.

Collapsed medial arches can lead to poor foot function and are commonly associated with overpronation foot type. This arch type can lead to instability and poor shock absorption causing pain and increasing susceptibility to injury.

Low medial arches can lead to excessively poor foot motion, instability and minimal shock absorption, and if untreated can fall further into a collapsed arch.

A normal arch type has good shock absorbing ability but can still be at the risk of overpronation particularly if your arch types differ from right to left foot.

A foot with a high arch is often too rigid or inflexible which increases supination through foot motion. This results in poor shock absorption, much of which is then transmitted up the kinetic chain into the leg, hip and back.

 

 

Our expert staff will identify your foot and arch type in-store using our FootBalance analysis pods while FootBalance Custom Insoles are individually moulded to your unique feet to support them in a neutral position aiding a balanced stance and correct posture.

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