Find out if you are predisposed to musculoskeletal problems and pain. 
 

MortonsFoot.com

888-790-4100

Posture Control Insoles®

A Natural Edge for Predictable Performance

 
Home About Us Why You Hurt Testimonials News Buy Your Insoles

Shoe Wear Patterns


 

Because you walk on flat surfaces most of the time, the wear pattern on your shoes truly becomes a reflection of your foot and body mechanics.  A person experienced in recognizing the wear pattern can with reasonable accuracy tell you what kind of pain and dysfunction you have or may soon be getting. 
 
Sole Reading   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •   •

Reading wear patterns on shoe soles answers a lot of questions about how a person walks, for example, how hard or soft is the heel strike?  Is there a strong push off, or does the person literally pull themselves forward by the heels?  Do they favor one side over the other?  What is the pattern of pronation and supination relative to where they are in the contact gait cycle?  Are the feet steady or unbalanced?  Do they walk with their feet pointing out, straight or in?  How significant are the shear forces against the ground?  Are the feet trying to twist with every step?

All these characteristics have direct implications about present and future musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. 

 

 

 

 

   

Bracers and Releasers

A large percentage, over 80%, of the population have feet that would structurally cause hyperpronation, but because the majority of people feel discomfort from their collapsing arches and ankles, they try to muscularly brace against this uncomfortable motion.  For that reason we classify people into Releasers or Bracers.  Releasers freely allow their feet to hyperpronate.  Bracers muscularly fight this motion, but rarely have enough muscle strength to brace or guard through the full contact gait cycle - from heel strike to toe-off. 

 

 

 

 

p Top

 

Are you a Bracer?

Bracers are characterized by lateral heel wear. The stronger their muscular bracing pattern, the longer this person maintains their weight on the outside of their feet.  Bracer wear patterns range from a lateral heel wear only, to lateral heel wear all the way to a push off over the lesser toes rather than the big toe.

Most Bracers, however, give up their muscular bracing behavior relatively early in the gait cycle.  They will have a lateral heel strike that carries forward along the outside of the heel, but by the time the forefoot becomes weight bearing, they will concentrate most of their weight on the second metatarsal behind the second toe. 

If there are no structural reasons like birth defects, injuries or surgery, bracing is truly a subconscious neuromuscular behavior pattern.  We do not know why some people muscularly guard against hyperpronation and some do not, but we know that bracers in general are less flexible, have less range of motion, and are more muscularly tight. 

Bracers walk with a harder heel strike.  Stronger Bracers who are also runners often suffer from stress fractures and impact injuries to the lower back.  Bracers on the other hand tend to maintain a more erect posture, and save their joint problems and pain for later in life, unless they are athletic which accelerates the problems that are caused by torsion in the legs - particularly knee, hip and back pain. 

If you are a Bracer - start conservatively by wearing 3.5 mm Posture Control Insoles®.  If your evaluation indicates that you need to graduate to a 6.0 mm pair, purchase the Perfect Fit™ package. 

Decide what Posture Control Insoles® to get here.


Moderately strong
bracing wear pattern


Mild bracing wear pattern
p Top

   

Are you a Releaser

Most people have a lateral heel strike except some extreme Releasers.  The difference between a Releaser and a Bracer is that the Releaser instantly pronates after heel strike.  They freely allow their feet and ankles to roll in as dictated by the structure of their feet.  The wear pattern carries forward on the medial side of their heel to primarily the second but also the first metatarsal and big toe.  The lateral side of the shoe receives very light wear compared to the medial side. 

If there are no structural reasons like birth defects, injuries or surgery, Releasers allow their feet to be guided by the natural motion of their skeletal structure without trying to muscularly avoid the motion.  Releasers are often more flexible, less muscularly restricted people. 

Releasers are subjected to greater amounts of torsion in their ankles, knees and hip joints which means that the body operates more out of alignment.  This manifests in a younger onset of foot, ankle. knee, hip and back pain.  Releasers also have a more significant head forward posture.

If you are a Releaser, you can move directly into the correct Posture Control Insoles® for you whether that is 3.5 mm or a 6.0 mm.  If you also have flat feet, you will benefit from a modest amount of arch support to prevent a mid-stance collapse. 

Decide what Posture Control Insoles® to get here.

 


Classic releaser
wear pattern

 

 

 

 

p Top

 
     

Preventing Pain

It is said that most auto accidents take place following 3 seconds of inattention. 

Most musculoskeletal pain results from lack of knowledge and from not listening to the body when it sends it warning signals. If you feel discomfort and you pay attention, you will find that serious consequences can in most cases be avoided with relatively simple means. 

Kids do not normally have pain when they grow up.  If they have pain and you pay attention, you might just save your kids from a lifetime of pain and frustration and medical expenses.  Posture Control Insoles are available in Youth sizes 2-6 (generally ages 6-8, beginning at 8 1/2 inch foot length.  Teenagers in pain already suffer from adult musculoskeletal problems. 

 

 


Pay attention to your kid's posture and gait.
p Top

 
     

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

  •  
  • Check your foot mechanics

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

OR..

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.
*Choose#1 (low) Arch for flat feet and mild Plantar Fasciitis.  Choose #2 (high) Arch for severe Plantar Fasciitis. Otherwise choose NO arch support.
 

 

Perfect Fit™
$70.00 + S&H

 


Secure shopping

p Top

 

You could be only $50 away from effective pain relief

 

Achilles Pain | Arch Pain | Arthritis | Bad Posture | Bunions | Flat Feet | Headaches | Heel Pain | Hip Pain | Joint Pain | Knee Pain
Low-Back Pain | Metatarsalgia| Morton's Neuroma | Muscle Cramps | Neck Pain | Nerve Compression & Entrapment | Pregnancy
Plantar Fasciitis | Reduced Lung Volume | Runner's Knee | Sciatica | Scoliosis & Kyphosis | Shin Splints | Shoulder Pain
SI Joint Pain | Tender Calf Muscles | Tight IT Bands | TMJ & Clicking Jaw | Upper-Back Pain | Weak Ankles

 

2007  ©Posture Dynamics   All rights reserved

Bookmark          Affiliate Program     Professionals     International