What are they for?
Simply put, Activ-Step® 3Feet Footbeds are designed to prevent and reduce the effects of Plantar Fasciitis and other types of heel pain by correctly supporting the foot.
Do people really have foot problems?
MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders) are often caused by a change in a person’s posture or body. Thinking about the foot, if a person has a high arch that is unsupported, they can develop strains of the muscles under the foot when walking.
8 of out 10 people will suffer foot problems in their adult lives. These can range from Plantar Fasciitis to foot fatigue, Achilles tendonitis, Pronation/supination instabilities and subsequently back and knee pain.
Knee, hip, back, shoulder and neck problems can be caused by poorly fitting or incorrectly supportive footwear, after all our feet are our sole contact with the ground we walk on.
In 2016, Yorkshire Water released figures that stress risk assessments and early treatment referrals for stress and musculoskeletal problems have saved the company at least £800,000 in lost time and other costs.
The problems solved by an Activ-Step® 3Feet Footbed
Prevents and reduces the effects of Plantar Fasciitis and other types of heel pain, Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension and stress on that bowstring become too great, small tears can arise in the fascia.
The correct Activ-Step® 3Feet Footbed can distribute bodyweight over the whole of the foot and not just the heel and met heads, reducing the pressure through both sections of the foot.
The achilles tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle, and connects the large calf muscles to the heel bone. Just like joints, the achilles tendon is also subject to ‘wear and tear’ or ‘degeneration’ and can result in an achilles tendinopathy.
Anything which places increased stress on the achilles tendon can cause symptoms. There are a
number of causes, which include:
- Poor ankle/foot biomechanics
- Poor conditioning – weakness and or tightness of the calf muscles
- Overuse injury
The correct Activ-Step® 3Feet Footbed can cup, cushion and support the achilles tendon to reduce the strain and pressure on it.
Pronation refers to the inward roll of the foot during normal motion and occurs as the outer edge of the heel strikes the ground and the foot rolls inward and flattens out. A moderate amount of pronation is required for the foot to function properly, however damage and injury can occur during excessive or over pronation. When over pronation does occur the foot arch flattens out and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments underneath the foot.
Supination (or under-pronation) is the opposite of pronation and refers to the outward roll of the foot during normal motion. A natural amount of supination occurs during the push-off phase of the running gait as the heel lifts off the ground and the forefoot and toes are used to propel the body forward. However, excessive or over supination (outward rolling) places a large strain on the muscles and tendons that stabilise the ankle, and can lead to the ankle rolling completely over, resulting in an ankle sprain or total ligament rupture.
This, along with plantar fasciitis are the two most common and problems.
When untreated it causes weaknesses and muscular imbalances that are often managed with pain relief and other creams or gels.
Support for Distributors
We have several options for customers, it’s widely accepted that a large percentage of adults know their arch type meaning end-users can place orders off the shelf.
Our Team can organise portable foot scanning machines that can be booked anywhere in the UK for sizing days, staff surgeries and employee engagement events.
Just pop us an email for more information.