Direct your patients to the sections below to help learn how to locate and understand their pain as well as understanding how SDO orthotics might help.
Since the leading source and cause of running injuries is excessive pronation, let us explain exactly what pronation is and how you can determine whether pronation is contributing to your pain.
The source of many running injuries begins at the foot, initiating a chain reaction up the leg. Many times pronation is initiated at heel strike. A normal lateral heel strike can develop into an excessive inward roll of the heel and mid-foot. This impacts the lower leg, tibia, and fibula, causing them to roll medially, thereby forcing the knee and patella as well as the upper leg to roll inwardly. Such medial or inward pressure leads to extra stress on specific areas of the leg, resulting in painful injuries.
Plantar fasciitis can dramatically alter your normal daily activities and lifestyle due to severe heel pain. Nearly 2 million cases of plantar fasciitis are reported in the United States yearly and a very high percentage of these are treated with orthotics, injections and surgery unsuccessfully.
Excessive pronation or the foot rolling inward at the heel strike will cause an increased stress and tearing action of the arch causing the plantar fascia pain.
Stretching, ice, and deep friction massage provide temporary relief and can boost the effectiveness of using the SDO orthotics insoles. Treatment of excessive pronation is mandatory. A properly prescribed orthotic relieves the arch of excessive stress to the fascia as it tries to tear away from its attachment at the heel.
SDO Orthotics have an 83% success rate within the first 1 to 4 weeks.
Eighty percent of these injuries are due to biomechanical problems at the foot. The foot is the foundation for the entire lower leg. If the foot is not aligned properly, this will lead to pronation where the foot will roll medially inward. This is followed by increased stress to the knee as it rolls inward also leads to patellar femoral type of pain.
Realigning the foot with some type of running shoe orthotic insert is absolutely necessary to control these running injuries. The problem is the traditional orthotic will control pronation, but will actually increase stress or impact to the knee. SDO orthotics are the only running shoe orthotic insert on the market that will control pronation as well as reduce shock and impact and provide one of the best shock absorbers available.
The knee is by far the most common location for running injuries. Between 30 and 35% of all running injuries occur to the knee. The most common diagnosis is patellar femoral pain, or runner’s knee. Runners describe this type of pain as a diffuse, hard-to-localize pain around (and often underneath the surface of) the patellar or kneecap. The pain can be sharp or dull, and is most frequently observed during running and walking.
The patella (knee cap) is situated in a groove of the femur call the trochlear groove. The patella must track vertically up and down the patella groove to allow for pain free walking. The pain begins with excess pronation as the knee rolls inward causing the patella to track medially in the groove. In this case, we now have two bony surfaces, causing increased friction on each other leading to the runner’s knee type of pain.
If you can control the alignment of the foot you can also control the activity of the entire leg. SDO orthotics running shoe inserts are used to minimize subtalar pronation by preventing the knee from rolling medially causing the tracking the problem. Our high success rate of over 13 years for this type of injury allows us to allow the exclusive money back warranty.
SDO Orthotics have an 85% success rate in helping to heal Runner’s Knee.
As with patella femoral pain, illio-tibial band syndrome can be quite disabling. This sheath-type band originates in the hip area with the gluteus medius muscle. The band descends the outer leg to insert as the lateral aspect of the knee. This band is an important lateral stabilizer of the knee as the knee goes from flexion to extension. At the point of insertion at the knee, the band crosses over a bony protuberance, the lateral condyle. Problems begin over time with excessive excursion of the knee over the condyle. The band can become quite inflamed and irritated. Improve this condition with our SDO orthotics for knee pain.
Most common is localized tenderness on the outer knee, near the bony protuberance called the lateral condyle. This bony protuberance can easily be felt by touching the knee. At 30 degrees of knee flexion, pain is maximized. Running downhill frequently exacerbates the pain.
The very same chain of events that precipitates patellar femoral pain can also precipitate this painful condition. Increased subtalar pronation at the mid-foot may again begin the chain reaction ultimately leading to internal rotation of the knee. This excessive torque translates to the illio-tibial band, resulting in inflammation since the band is repeatedly irritated as it passes over the lateral condyle.
Using an orthotic insert specifically designed to help treat knee pain can help support and improve this condition. Check out our product page for more information.
SDO Orthotics have an 75% success rate in helping to heal Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome (outer knee pain).
Shin splints are a very common running and walking injury. Injury is to the posterior tibial tendon that originates at the inner surface of the upper half of the tibia. This tendon attaches to the inside aspect of the ankle and foot.
Pain begins when the tendon is stretched inwardly. Eventually, with prolonged torque to the tendon, painful inflammation can result. In the more severe cases, or if the problem persists, the tendon begins to tear away from the tibia bone itself, resulting in micro-tears or even stress fractures.
Sufferers commonly report pain on the inside portion of the lower leg, between the knee and ankle, frequently with the most extreme tenderness just above the ankle.
Excessive pronation inflicts extreme stress on the tendon. Training errors often contribute to the problem as well.
Rest, ice, stretching, and changing to a better-cushioned training shoe can sometimes help to alleviate symptoms. Silicone fluid orthotics minimize pronation by alleviating stress to the posterior tibial tendon. In addition, as one of the best heel-strike shock absorbers on the market, the SDO orthotics for shin splints prevents further exacerbation of the existing inflammation.
SDO Orthotics have an 70% success rate in helping to heal Shin Splints.
Metatarsalgia is most noted in the forefoot or at the ball of the foot. Pain may be localized to the metatarsal heads or at the base of the toe bones whenever excessive stress is applied to the area.
Patients often describe pain at the base of the forefoot as a feeling of walking with a pebble in their shoe.
Possible causes may be excessive forefoot valgus (rolling inward) or medial stresses that cause excess pressure to the metatarsal heads located on the ball of the foot.
Elevating the medial portion of the arch with an orthotic can help redistribute the excess stress and weight to the second, third, and fourth metatarsal heads. As with plantar fasciitis, the gel orthotic in our metatarsalgia insoles provides maximum stress reduction as well as mechanical correction. Icing and strengthening intrinsic muscles as well as stretching the Achilles tendon can also be helpful. The SDO orthotic is the only orthotic on the market that provides dynamic support and cushioning while running and walking.
SDO Orthotics have an 75% success rate in helping to heal Metatarsalgia.
Direct your patients to the questions and answers below to help answer common questions about SDO orthotics.
It takes up to four days for your foot to adapt to the moving silicon fluid. Assuming you wear the SDO orthotics at all times, in two weeks you will be noticeably better. Healing will reach a plateau after about six weeks, and then you should observe slow improvement over another 6-12 months, for maximum effect. Remember, it took years for your injuries to develop; the healing process too takes time.
With hard orthotics, various types of molds will typically be made of your feet. With SDO orthotics, the impression you make while standing normally in a neutral corrected position in a foam box will provide a scan. From that scan we calculate the fluid necessary to properly align your foot. Then, we inject high viscosity silicone into a polyurethane template matched to your foot size. The result is inserted into a shock absorbing cover. Note, the toes are not involved, so the cover can be trimmed for greater comfort. Occasionally, a patient feels too much fluid and the orthotics have to be adjusted.
Take them out of their covers and wash the covers. Wash by hand with Woolite and air dry.
Please do. You need to wear them continuously. In dress shoes, you can wear the SDO orthotics without covers for a slimmer profile. Many delighted patients buy a second pair so they will not have to transfer their SDO orthotics from one pair of shoes to another. You should wait at least six weeks after you receive your first pair. You'll want to be sure your original pair has been made to a precise fit.
The SDO orthotics are slightly wider than the sizing indicated due to the outer edge seal that is used to contain the liquid silicone. Therefore, normal to wider shoes work best with the SDO orthotics, more so than a narrow shoe. Straight board last shoes such as New Balance, Brooks, or Asics works fairly well. A narrower shoe with a curved sewn last will not work as well. Remember, you may possibly have to change shoes to accommodate the orthotics. The increased control, stability, and reduced impact to your feet will eliminate injuries, and your return to running will be more than worthwhile.