Athletic Trainers - why they recommend PCIs


 

Why do top athletes get paid millions? They are in high demand and athletic careers are usually short. They wear their bodies down in a hurry. If you want to be active for a long time; if you want high performance sports participation; if you want maximum power, agility and endurance, you need a balanced body and aligned body mechanics. You need a coach or a trainer that understands body mechanics.
 

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Good trainers make sure you achieve the best blend of strength, agility and endurance for your sport. A vital part of the trainer's work is to monitor your "form" - your posture and body mechanics.

A properly aligned knee can carry several thousand pounds and absorb the shock of landing from a slam-dunk. But if the knee is internally rotated because of hyperpronation, a ligament or meniscus can tear in a fraction of a second and cut your sports career short.

Every joint has an optimal position and range of motion. Good trainers recommend equipment and exercises to ensure optimal motion.

 

 

David Donatucci

The benefits of wearing Posture Control Insoles® in your golf shoes are two fold:  Your walking mechanics and balance is improved, and Posture Control Insoles® do not restrict the range of motion of your feet during the golf swing.

While you may not be very conscious about your feet except when walking the back nine and starting to tire, a stable golf swing relies on unrestricted foot motion.  Your feet need to be free to pronate and supinate.  If you think about your foot action during the golf swing, you realize that during the backswing your front foot (closest to the green) pronates while your back foot should be stable - slightly pronated to neutral, but not supinated.  During the downswing your weight shifts from the back foot to the front foot, and by the end of your follow through nearly all your weight is on the outside of the front foot.    Arch support orthotics can cause two problems that worsen with the height of the arch.  At the top of your back swing, too much arch support may cause supination and ankle instability in the right foot while restricting pronation in the left foot. This instability may cause loss of both club speed and accuracy. A perfect follow through depends on smooth transitioning of the feet during the downswing.  The back foot flows toward increased pronation while the front foot flows toward supination.  Anything blocking this smooth transition will downgrade the stroke. 

Posture Control Insoles® rely only on a small amount of proprioceptive feedback to control gait.  The proprioceptive feedback helps you walk with less hyperpronated feet and greater ease.  The dimensions of the small wedge placed underneath the first metatarsal and big toe is inconsequential from the perspective of restricting intentional foot pronation and supination when directed from the hips and weight shift as is the case in your swing.  The bottom line is that you get the benefits of greater stability but retain the freedom of motion to facilitate a smooth, powerful swing. 

The Posture Control Insoles® create a stable foot foundation without restricting motion.  Just what I want for my students who have gait and posture deficiencies that need to be corrected. 

Sincerely,
David Donatucci

 

David Donatucci is an athletic trainer for IMG Academies - International Sport Institute in Orlando, Florida.


 

A fluid, accurate and powerful swing requires excellent balance and unrestricted foot motion

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom Trimble

Athletic trainers don't always work with athletes. I get a fair number of referrals from local chiropractors who realize that their patients desperately need to build some muscle mass and strength in order to regain their health. When someone is run down and has lost major muscle mass due to illness or prolonged inactivity, extra care must be taken to protect joints, ligaments and tendons.

That means I give extreme attention to body mechanics. I learned about Posture Control Insoles® from one of my referring doctors, and I have been amazed how these virtually flat insoles work.

To someone familiar with traditional orthotics, they really look like they shouldn't affect anything, but they actually provide major alignment and posture changes. They make my job easier, and allow my clients to build strength faster.

After I gained familiarity with Posture Control Insoles® and the concept of proprioceptive stimulation I realized how important well fitting shoes are. A worn out shoe can really have a significant negative impact. As a result, I pay a lot more attention to my clients' shoes.

My advice is simple: Start with good shoes, and if you hyperpronate or supinate, get yourself a pair of Posture Control Insoles®.

Sincerely,
Tom Trimble

 

Tom Trimble works independently as an Athletic trainer in Bellevue Washington



 

Starting over after prolonged illness and inactivity requires special attention to body mechanics. 

 

 

 

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Mary Biancalana CMTPT

You don't have to be an athlete to benefit from good posture.  In fact, the worse the shape of your body, the more important posture and body mechanics becomes.  When you are out of shape, you lack the protection that strong muscles provide your body. 

While working for the Fibromyalgia Treatment Centers of America, I instructed fibromyalgia patients in self care exercise, and I fit more than 500 patients with Posture Control Insoles®. Fortunately, the power of proprioception remains with you even if you have myofascial pain syndrome, a   common condition for fibromyalgia patients. 

The boost to posture and body mechanics was striking with Posture Control Insoles®.  In fact, the change was so dramatic that many of my patients could not handle that much change right away.  Some needed to wear the insoles in 10-minute increments, and took as much as a month to absorb the changes. 

For many people, dealing with chronic pain becomes a chicken and egg proposition.  “I need exercise to get better but I hurt so bad I can't do it.”  Part of what I teach my patient is to journal progress and delight in its small increments. 

Posture Control Insoles® had such a profound impact on my patients that I now have incorporated the evaluation and fitting process into my professional training programs. 

Proprioception is a strong neuromuscular control mechanism in the body that can work for you or against you.  By all appearances an elevated first metatarsal provides your brain with incorrect or incomplete feedback which is properly restored when using Posture Control Insoles®.  The success of these orthotics are stimulating renewed interest in better understanding of the neurological impact of the foot/body interaction. 

Sincerely,
Mary Biancalana

 

Mary Biancalana is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and an athletic trainer.  She is the president  Muscle Health, Inc. which offers Advanced Care training for chronic myofascial pain.

Mary worked for several years as the self care specialist for Fibromyalgia Centers of America, Chicago Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Athletic Shoes

Without dwelling on the merits of anti-pronation or motion control shoes, we clearly state:  Do not wear Posture Control Insoles with motion control or anti-pronation shoes!

These shoes are based on shimming the medial side of the shoe to counteract hyperpronation, or by using multiple density materials to "slow down" pronation motion. 

Every shoe manufacturer has coined its tech-phrases and advertising lingo but the bottom line intuitively rings true:  You cannot control the feet by static shimming.    Your feet are often referred to as your postural foundation, but your body is not a house!  Your body is in constant motion and is capable of dynamic correction based on receiving the correct information from your feet. 

Most motion control shoes are based on Root's Biomechanics.  (See sidebar) 

Recommended shoes for Posture Control Insoles®:

We recommend a good quality lace-up shoe with a flexible sole so the foot can work unrestricted.  If the shoes slip on your heels when walking, they may be too big or too stiff.    

Get a shoe with a quality upper that will provide good, snug support and protection for your feet. A fairly rigid heel counter is desirable.  Be sure the shoe is assembled well.  Be aware that  discount stores often sell QC rejects that are flawed.  Use as little cushioning as you can comfortably get away with. 

Get a snug fit with about a thumb's width of clearance in front of the longest toe.  The foot should not be able to slide from side to side or forward to back in the shoe.   No shims.  No multi-density mid-soles.  Use mild arch support only if you have flexible flat feet, otherwise use no arch support.  Most often shoes that look like they provide arch supports do not (just cosmetic).  The materials used are frequently too soft to be functional.  It's just that people have been told for so long that they need arch supports, they expect to see it in the shoe.

You can get a good quality shoe for less than $80.  When you purchase new shoes, bring your Posture Control Insoles® with you. Slide the Posture Control Insoles® (cloth side up) underneath the loose sock-liner unless the shoe becomes too tight.  Otherwise replace the sock-liner with the Posture Control Insoles® and if necessary, get flat insoles of sufficient thickness so your feet fill the shoes comfortably. 

 

Roots Biomechanics  Merton L. Root III DPM published his theories on "neutral" foot mechanics over 30 years ago.  Here is an excerpt from Evolution of foot orthotics part 2: coherent theory or coherent practice? by Ball KA, Afheldt MJ.

"Although Root's methods of foot evaluation (subtalar neutral position) and casting (non-weight-bearing) are well referenced, these methods have poor reliability, unproven validity, and are, in fact, seldom strictly followed. We challenge 2 widely held concepts: that excessive foot eversion leads to excessive pronation and that orthotics provide beneficial effects by controlling rearfoot inversion/eversion. Numerous studies show that patterns of rearfoot inversion/eversion cannot be characterized either by foot type or by orthotics use. Rather, subtle control of internal/external tibial rotation appears to be the most significant factor in maintaining proper supination/pronation mechanics. Recent evidence also suggests that proprioceptive influences play a large, and perhaps largely unexplored, role."

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The Solution

The solution is to get good quality shoes without the "high-tech" stuff, and use Posture Control Insoles® to make your feet work right. 

To receive the best possible results wear your insoles at least 70% of the time.  That will typically include wearing them in your work shoes as well. 

Posture Control Insoles® are guaranteed to work for you.  The guarantee is simple.  You have 90 days to trim, fit and use the insoles in your shoes.  If you are not satisfied, return them for a full refund including standard shipping and handling charges.

 

 

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Many runners who wear 6.0 mm Posture Control Insoles® in their work shoes prefer to run in 3.5 mm insoles.

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Getting Started

The ordering process is simple.  Two quick evaluations will tell you exactly what Posture Control Insoles® to buy. 

  • Check your shoe wear pattern

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  • Check your foot mechanics

We'll show you exactly how.  Click to proceed with your "2 minute evaluation".

Would you rather just test them in your shoes?  You'll have what you need with the Perfect Fit™ package giving you both the 3.5 mm and the 6.0 mm pair - the second pair at a 40% discount. 

Relief in just a few days: Start by choosing Gender and Size.

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