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Improving Your Musculoskeletal Health... Starting With Your Feet

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A multitude of aches and pains originates with faulty foot and postural mechanics, often perpetuated and amplified by muscular compensation patterns. Hyperpronation de-stabilizes the pelvis impacting the curves of the spine. The body is one connected musculoskeletal system, and posture impacts that system from head to toe.

 

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Plantar Fasciitis?

Yes. Plantar Faciitis is caused by over-pronation. Over pronation causes excessive twisting of the foot which stretches the fascia underneath the foot. The continued stretching causes micro tears at the attachment to the heel bone causing heel pain, with the potential for painful bone spurs. ProKinetics® Insoles reduce the foot twist.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Morton’s Neuroma?

Often. Morton’s Neuroma is caused by a nerve being squeezed between two metatarsal heads, typically the third and fourth. Excessive twisting of the foot caused by over-pronation makes this squeezing action worse. Reducing the twisting of the foot by wearing ProKinetics® Insoles often quiets the neuroma pain and prevents the scar tissue from increasing.

 

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Bunions (Big toe)?

Yes and No. People who over-pronate also tend to flare their feet out. The result is that they walk over the inside of their feet, pushing off with the second metatarsal head and the inside of the big toe. The joint between the first metatarsal and the big toe does not have much lateral motion, so the constant inside pressure causes irritation and swelling. ProKinetics® Insoles will help prevent your bunions from getting worse or coming back (post surgery), but if you want to get rid of them, see an experienced foot surgeon.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Taylor’s Bunions (Little toe)?

Yes and No. Taylor’s bunion is a significant swelling of the joint between the fifth metatarsal and little toe. This is often a shoe issue stemming from constant rubbing of the metatarsal head against the shoe. Reducing hyperpronation does reduce this rubbing. Basketball players often experience this condition or a similar looking condition from an excessive amount of landings on the outside of their feet. ProKinetics® Insoles may reduce twisting of the foot and in many cases reduce supination.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Weak Ankles – Excessive Supination?

Yes. Weak ankles are often not really weak ankles, but a subconscious neuromuscular response to over-pronation causing you to favor the outside of your feet. People who do this often roll their feet out when they stand because it feels better. It takes the rotation and torque out of the legs. People who do this also twistl their ankles much more often because they land on the outside of their heels and remain in a supinated position as the legs become fully weight bearing. PrpKindtics® Insoles often reduce this muscular bracing pattern so that supination is reduced and the ankles are perceived to be stronger.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Shin Splints?

Yes. Shin splints are severe cramps of the anterior muscles of the leg. Because of over-pronation, the feet are unstable, so the anterior muscles are continuously attempting to stabilize the feet. This over-use condition causes trigger points and even latent trigger points that may cause instant and painful cramps. ProKinetics® Insoles stabilize the feet and relax the muscles.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Tender and Tight Calf Muscles and Achilles pain?

Over-pronation causes a forward leaning posture. That means your center of gravity has shifted forward. In order to maintain balance, not only your calf muscles, but most of your posterior postural muscles are tight, often leading to trigger points, soreness and cramps. ProKinetics® Insoles cause a posterior postural shift leading to less muscular activity necessary to maintain balance.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Runner's Knee?

Yes. Runner’s knee, (Chondromalacia), is typically caused by over-pronation. Because of the internal rotation created in the legs, the torque set up across the knees causes the knee cap, (patella), to track incorrectly as it moves over the knee. ProKinetics® Insoles reduce the internal rotation of the legs.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for General Knee Pain?

Yes. General and in particular medial knee pain is not exclusively, but often caused by over-pronation. Over-pronation sets up an internal rotation of the legs, creating a torque across the knees. This torque causes extra tension on the ligaments, and causes excessive pressure on the meniscus. ProKinetics® Insoles reduce the internal rotation of the legs. If your knee is inflamed you should at least give it some rest and seeing a medical professional who understand all aspects of musculoskeletal health is recommended.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?

Yes. “Growing pains” is another name for this non-disease. This typically impacts young people between 11 and 14 years of age as a result of excessive physical activity. Reducing torque across the knees improves this condition.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Physical Leg Length Discrepancy?

No. If you have a physical leg length discrepancy, you need a heel lift or a built up shoe.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Hip Pain?

Yes. Hip pain, especially posterior pain is often caused by over-pronation. The internal rotation of the leg transmits all the way up to the hip joint. This leads to additional tension in all the posterior ligaments and muscle attachments. ProKinetics® Insoles reduce the internal rotation of the legs.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Sciatica?

Sciatica can be a symptom of more serious spine problems causing a compression of the nerve where it enters the spine. A number of people suffering from Sciatica are experiencing the pain because of myofascial (muscle) trigger points. A trigger point is a localized contraction within a muscle, and sometimes these contractions cause entrapment of the sciatic nerve and cause pain. Low back trigger points are often caused by an unstable pelvis which can be caused by over-pronation in that over-pronation causes a functional leg length discrepancy. ProKinetics® Insoles help stabilize the pelvis thus reducing muscle tension and trigger points. Sometimes muscles set up self perpetuating trigger points. A session with a myofascial trigger point therapist is recommended.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Low Back Pain?

Yes. Low back pain can have numerous causes. Persistent low back pain deserves a visit with a knowledgeable medical professional who understands both the structural and the muscular parts of the body. A majority of low back pain sufferers are experiencing muscle pain or myofascial trigger points that are firing. These can be caused by an unstable pelvis from a physical or functional leg length difference, or from an excessive forward leaning posture leading to muscle over-use just in the act of standing up. A forward rotated pelvis which is the result of over-pronation can also cause an excessive lordosis (curve of the lower back) which may be a contributing factor. ProKinetics® Insoles help because of three factors: 1] Functional leg length discrepancies are reduced, stabilizing the pelvis. 2] A posterior rotation of the pelvis reduces lordosis. 3] A posterior rotation of the pelvis causes a posterior shift of the body’s center of gravity which reduces the amount of forward leaning and muscle over-use.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Upper Back and Shoulder Pain?

If you work at a computer all day, your upper back and shoulder pain may simply be your sitting posture – leaning into the screen. Ergonomics! Start by getting a good chair and a pair of glasses that allow you to see the screen while sitting up straight. If your pelvis is not symmetrical, you may have to use a thin pillow under one bun, to raise it.

An unstable pelvis caused by physical or functional leg length discrepancies will also impact the scoliotic (lateral) curves of your spine. You may be raising one hip and the opposite shoulder causing constant muscle tension.

Sitting posture is impacted by your feet, and by your normal standing posture. If you have a slouching standing posture you’ll probably have a slouching sitting posture. If you sit with your feet flat on the floor under your knees, the rotation of your pelvis is impacted, and you might just find yourself in a little more erect posture. If you are accustomed to an erect posture while standing and walking, chances are that you will have a much higher degree of subconscious awareness of your sitting posture, and you will (subconsciously) correct it. Wear ProKinetics® Insoles to correct your standing and walking posture.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help for Neck and Headaches?

Yes. Neck and headaches are most frequently tight muscles – from the top of your shoulders all the way to the top of your head. For every inch your head (ears) are forward of your shoulders, the effective weight of your head doubles. That means a lot of extra work for your neck muscles. When your head is forward, your jaw shifts forward causing additional muscle tension because of a change in your bite. This is often the cause of TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) dysfunction. Ask your dentist! The key to reducing neck and headaches is improving your posture. Start with the foot foundation. ProKinetics® Insoles cause a posterior shift in your center of gravity, reducing the forward lean in your posture.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles expand your lung volume?

Yes. About half the people who over-pronate have a forward leaning posture causing slouching shoulders and a head forward posture. Poor posture greatly impacts your effective lung volume because the chest cavity collapses and causes shallower breathing patterns. Just notice how much more air you get, and how breathing is easier when you lift your chest bone and pull your shoulders back. ProKinetics® Insoles cause your center of gravity to shift back, giving you a less forward leaning, more erect posture and less pressure on your chest cavity.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles reduce nerve compression and entrapment?

Yes, in some cases. The reason for exaggerated scoliotic and kyphotic curves of the back may be tied to an unstable pelvis caused by over-pronation. This can lead to disc problems and nerve entrapment. ProKinetics® Insoles are helpful in stabilizing the pelvis, and often have an impact on the curves of the spine.

 


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help TMJ Dysfunction?

Ask your dentist. There is a good chance ProKinetics® Insoles will make a difference. Dentists are increasingly looking at posture and it's impact on the position and motion of the jaw. An unstable pelvis and collapsing posture causes the head to lean forward and down as well as slant to the right or left. This postural repositioning of the head repositions the jaw through different exposure to the forces of gravity.


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help Metatarsalgia?

Yes. Metatarsalgia frequently comes from inflammation in the ball of the foot from friction and pressure. It may be caused by bad shoes, weight gain, or increased activity. ProKinetics® Insoles cause your feet to spread and twist less in your shoes and reduce the pressure under the second metatarsal head.


Do ProKinetics® Insoles help Hammer Toes?

Yes. Hammer Toes is a condition that often develop when weight bearing is shifted to the lateral aspect of the feet. i.e. Supinators seem more prone to develop this condition. Hammer toes are the muscles pulling the toes in because the metatarsal heads are not on the ground and stable. A forward leaning posture also triggers the muscles that pull the toes in. ProKinetics® Insoles balance and stabilize the feet. When the weight is distributed evenly across the feet and the feet are stable, the muscles pulling the toes in will relax.