Foot Orthotics
Mike

United States

#1 Sep 10, 2010
I am a C.Ped. and I have a question that has really puzzled me. Why does it seem that Foot Leveler's are the preferred foot orthotic of Chiropractors?

I manufacture many kinds of functional and accommodative orthotics. Yet I only have a few clients that are DCs. I would really like to grow more business in the Chiropractic community. But, I need to know what factors you are looking for; and, what you want an orthotic to do for your patients as opposed to what a Podiatrist might want.

Thanks,
Mike Hosford
Aerial View

AOL

#2 Sep 11, 2010
Mike wrote:
I am a C.Ped. and I have a question that has really puzzled me. Why does it seem that Foot Leveler's are the preferred foot orthotic of Chiropractors?
I manufacture many kinds of functional and accommodative orthotics. Yet I only have a few clients that are DCs. I would really like to grow more business in the Chiropractic community. But, I need to know what factors you are looking for; and, what you want an orthotic to do for your patients as opposed to what a Podiatrist might want.
Thanks,
Mike Hosford
Foot Levelers has a major foot hold in chiropractic. They've been around since the early 50's with Monte Greenawalt, D.C. as their founder. They spend tons of money for full page advertising in all the journals and they donate quite a bit of money to chiropractic schools and foundations.
They have a good product and I like them. But their products are different than what you can expect from podiatrists. Footlevelers do not directly address foot disorders such as bunions or hammertoes. They are spinal pelvic stabiliazers and shock absorbers which reduces joint stress. They also make sandal orthotics and products for women's shoes. They are not wet cast (plaster cast). The patient places each foot in a foam casting box.
You would also have to compete with their pricing which I think is very reasonable.
Mike

United States

#3 Sep 11, 2010
Thank you for a very informative and insightful answer. Materials used in modern orthotics have really developed over the last few years. Especially with the advent of CAD CAM automated orthotic manufacture. We even have one orthotic material that has three different densities to offer a combination of control and cushion in different areas of the foot. But you are correct in saying that advertising and exposure in the chiropractic community has been lacking. Another thing that has developed due to improved technology is that orthotic pricing has become very competitive. Also, we accept cast from foam box, plaster, digital 3D scans, and any other medium that captures the foot shape in a neutral position- even wax. I don't have the budget to do the advertising you mentioned;so, I guess I'll just have to continue one on one marketing and try to spread the word. Thank you, Mike
staceybeck01

Sterling Heights, MI

#4 Mar 28, 2013
I appreciate all the comments too! I will actually be taking my son to a foot orthotics here soon and was just wondering the something. http://www.cliniquedupied-footclinic.ca/en/or...
Jane

Provo, UT

#7 Oct 31, 2013
I got some orthotics in Calgary and now my feet don't hurt when I walk. http://www.calgarypodiatrist.com/en/custom_or...
Zach

Smarr, GA

#10 Nov 20, 2014
I know a couple of people that have needed orthotics to help them walk. I think it is good that we have come out with the right technology to help people walk. Without the medication and splints, it is really difficult for them to walk.

Zach | http://www.millcroftorthotic.com
Jim Stout

Walla Walla, WA

#11 Nov 20, 2014
I think a lot of it has to do with accessibility and price. I did not realize that there were so many options when it came to orthotics. Having good foot health sure is important to a whole lot of people.

http://www.walkwithoutpain.com.au/orthotic-va...
Pavlos Lombardi

Farmington, UT

#12 Dec 18, 2014
Over the past few weeks my feet have been killing me, and I'm not really sure what's going on. I've been thinking about going to get them checked out at the doctor, but I'm not really sure where exactly I should go. Do you think a podiatrist would be able to figure out what's going on?

http://www.rockymtnfootandankle.com
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#13 Jan 6, 2015
My brother has problems with his feet. If he wears the wrong kind of shoes, his feet hurt very badly. I think that he should invest in custom orthotics. I hear that they are a great way to treat foot pain. I'm sure that he can have them made for a good price in his area. http://cottonop.com/orthotics/
kody

Sanaa, Yemen

#14 Feb 13, 2015
My ankle is pretty swollen and bruised. I twisted it about a week ago but it doesn't seem to be getting better. Hopefully it isn't broken but I probably should not of waited this long to get it checked out. http://www.millcroftorthotic.com
Umber

Marrickville, Australia

#15 Apr 27, 2016
Foot Levelers caused me more harm than good by making my ankles turn in and my knees out, leaving me with no muscle torsion and only my joints to rely on. After 10 months use this resulted in severe knee pain, weakness and wearing away of my cartilage. I have since got orthotics from a real podiatrist and have started rehab. Chiros can be great with backs but just because they think it's all related doesn't mean they're qualified to treat feet.
Chiropractor From Chicago

Buffalo Grove, IL

#16 Apr 28, 2016
Umber wrote:
Foot Levelers caused me more harm than good by making my ankles turn in and my knees out, leaving me with no muscle torsion and only my joints to rely on. After 10 months use this resulted in severe knee pain, weakness and wearing away of my cartilage. I have since got orthotics from a real podiatrist and have started rehab. Chiros can be great with backs but just because they think it's all related doesn't mean they're qualified to treat feet.
I used to make my patients custom orthortics until I soon discovered ordinary, inexpensive insoles work just as well, if not better. The Dr. Scholl's orthotics, or a generic brand you can buy at Wal Mart for less than $20.00 are great. Orthotics are mostly for foot/arch correction and as used by podiatrists, especially after surgery. A cheap cushioned insole is all most people need for hip/leg/ankle shock absorption.

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