What are ways we can help your foot related problems?
A Common Cause For Common Foot & Lower Body Symptoms Your feet are the very foundation of your overall well being. They play a key role in absorbing the shock that you place on your body every day. Problems with the function of your feet can have repercussions that are felt in many areas of the body, including your arches, heels, legs, knees, hips and back. All the joints in the lower limb work in concert and affect one another. When the arch collapses in the foot, that affects the function of the leg, which causes the knee and thigh to rotate internally—leading to increased stress on the knee, pelvis and low back. Rejuve Motion Technology™—what’s incorporated into every DTF Rejuve™ shoe—is designed to help reduce and even alleviate many of the symptoms affecting soft tissue and joints of the lower extremity. The biomechanically engineered outsole in all our Rejuve footwear features a deep heel cup that holds the heel and guides the foot with every step. Read more below about the common conditions often associated with overpronation and poor foot function. Flat Feet / Fallen Arches / Arch Pain Muscle, ligaments, tendons and bones form the structure of the arch. When the arch lowers abnormally, symptoms will develop within the soft tissues of the arch and even the heel. Flat feet in adults can arise from a variety of causes, such as an abnormality that is present from birth, stretched or torn tendons, damage or inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT), which connects from your lower leg, along your ankle and to the middle of the arch, and broken or dislocated bones. Other health conditions and factors that can increase your risk of flat feet or fallen arches include arthritis, obesity, diabetes, aging and pregnancy or genetic predispositions. More often than not, a flat foot results from excessive pronation, where the arch falls inward and the leg rotates with the arch. This causes the arch in the foot to collapse and lengthen, giving the appearance of flat feet. Heel Pain Syndrome (Plantar Fasciitis) Heel pain is one of the most common ailments treated by foot and ankle specialists. Many different disorders can cause heel pain, such as arthritis, collagen diseases, overuse, trauma, stress fractures, and nerve entrapments. However, the overwhelming majority of heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, also known as heel pain syndrome, which is most commonly caused by abnormal pronation. Plantar fasciitis/heel pain syndrome is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot. The inflammation of the plantar fascia at its origin (at the heel bone, or calcaneus) causes the classic symptoms of pain at the bottom and/or side of the heel. It is often most painful upon arising in the morning or when standing after sitting for a brief period. The pain results from the stretching of the plantar fascia after it has tightened during rest. Another cause of heel pain is from over-use repetitive stress, which refers to a soreness resulting from too much impact on a specific area of the foot. This condition can be caused by shoes with heels that are too low, a thinned out fat pad in the heel area, or from a sudden increase in activity. Lower Back Pain The main function of your feet is to act as shock absorbers as you shift your weight with each step you take. Structural problems, such as your feet rolling inward, called over pronation, can cause problems all the way up to your back. With the inward rolling of the foot, the lower leg begins to rotate internally. This rotation may cause the pelvis to tilt forward, thus increasing the curve of the low back. Excessive curvature of the spine can create tightness and stiffness in the low back resulting in pain. You may have noticed that your low back pain is worse in different shoes, that walking in bare feet or prolonged standing makes your back hurt. This may be an indication that your feet—and most especially your shoes— are contributing to your back pain. Knee Pain Flat feet or other foot problems cause you to carry your weight through the wrong part of the foot, setting off a chain reaction upwards through the body. Where the kneecap connects with the thighbone or femur, there is a V-shape groove, to help the kneecap glide up and down. If your feet roll inwards, the kneecap doesn’t move smoothly through this groove. This is called ‘bad tracking’ and, over time, it leads to damage of the cartilage and ongoing pain. Extra weight can put even more pressure on the kneecap. Many people with pain in their lower back, hip, knees and ankles are actually suffering due to flat feet. Abnormal joint positions can be reversed allowing affected tissues to heal and normal joint function to be restored. Lower Leg Pain Much like bad wheel alignment on a car, badly aligned feet can have a profound effect on our legs, knees, hips and lower back. The lower leg is a common problem area for soreness. Aching legs are commonly caused by abnormal traction on the calf muscles. Excess pronation at the subtalar joint (just below the ankle joint) leads to a rotating in of the knees and lower leg, putting torsion and strain on the musculature of the lower leg. This strain often causes general fatigue and a tired, aching feeling at the back of your legs, especially in the calf muscles and behind the knees. Foot Pain Poor ankle and foot biomechanics result in overpronation. Less common is the opposite movement of over supination (rolling outwards—usually present with a high arched individual). Typically overpronation occurs because of low or collapsed arches. The arches may get lower as you age due to gravity, tissue stretch, loss of muscle, injuries such as ankle sprains, and other factors. Because of the lack of arch support, your feet may roll inwards when you walk. This rolling inwards not only causes stress on the ankle and foot, creating generalized foot and/or ankle pain, but it can also change the mechanics of your entire ‘kinetic chain’. That is, changes in your feet and ankle can greatly affect other areas of your body.
What is Motion Technology?
Gait is the single most complex motor function of the human body, involving half of the body’s muscles and bones, along with numerous joints and ligaments. So, it’s not hard to understand how the natural mechanics of gait and the smooth functioning of the lower body can be altered by shoes that do not provide the proper support. Asymmetrical shape reinforces stability and adds cushion Unique U-shape design provides independent medial and lateral support to guide your foot during movement Creates a cushioning layer for all-day comfort and support High performance rubber provides traction and durability for long lasting support
Why are these Moldable Inserts so important to the foot?
Look at the construction system found in the insert section and this tells you how the insert is moldable and how the support and comfort comes about. Most of our pain is at the bottom (plantar) of our feet. Normal or comfort shoes try to offload the top of our feet but not the bottom because of a non supporting insert - normally what we call a foot cover insert that is just for show with no support at all ( that is true with regular inserts that are found in about 98 percent of the shoes out there today.) So we added this FREE heat moldable inserts, that will give you the maximum support found in any over the counter insert. As we have stated before "it is like walking on a cloud".
What is the meaning of Extension of Bottoms?
We are the only shoe line out there that offers two widths wider on the out sole ( bottom of the shoe) of each one of our men's and women's styles. If your order a Men's 4E - you would receive a shoe that has a 6E outsole (bottom of the shoe or the sole of the shoe). If you order Women's 3E width you would have a 5E bottom on that new shoe. What is the reason for this? There is NO Hang-Over dealing with the width of your foot. You are standing on a solid base (or outsole) that creates the maximum support.
What is a 3 to 1 combination last found exclusive in our women’s line of shoes?
A women heel width is 2 to 3 times narrower (unless she has major edema around the ankle) than her ball width or the widest part of her foot. So we have made most of our women's shoe corners to be 3 times narrower than the ball width. This gives this woman more balance and comfort. If she has a B width -then the heel width would be AAA in width or three times narrower then the ball width.
Can a Diabetic wear our shoes?
Yes we started out as a diabetic shoe line and have grown to be known for those unbelievable widths, those smaller sizes, extreme oversize's and the number One Heat Moldable Insert in the country. All the shoes are seamless- that is required for Diabetic safety and with the moldable insert (that is free when you purchase a shoe form us) is what the doctor order. Because of the raise of the temperature dealing with inserts - this creates better circulation (on the plantar of the foot) and keeps the disease out of the foot.
What is the advantage of having a 7 to 9 ounce weight with your shoes?
The heavier the shoe the more stress on the foot, ankle, leg muscles and ligaments that in turns creates that added pain to bottom half of our body. The older we get our gait changes and the lighter the shoe the less stress with dealing with our body. The better we can control our gait and this in turn creates a better balances. This all comes about with the weight of the shoes.
Do lighter shoes have less support?
NO, if the construction of the shoe is correct. With all our added features, widths, depth, lining, extension of the bottoms and the number ONE over the counter Heat Moldable Insert these are all the reasons for our success.
What makes leather lining so important?
Leather has a great absorbent factor and allows a 100 percent breath ability factor as well. Where almost all the shoes out there have a cloth lining and this lining does not have the breathing capability. This means this leather lining allows your feet to receive that full air flow that helps control perspiration. This procedure creates a balance of comfort and dryness to your feet. Now in our athletic program, the leather lining is impossible to use because of weight and lack of flexibility that is involved in the athletic construction. That is the reason for our leather and mesh uppers to create that 100 percent breathability factor for all our athletic footwear.
What do mean by Extra depth shoes?
All our shoes have extra depth on the uppers and some even have more. Standard shoe or comfort shoe has that standard depth in the heel counter and the toe box and mid section of their shoes. We have the comfort and a few more added extensions to our shoes - beside the extended bottom (describe above) that creates unbelievable bottom support - then we have added a deeper toe box, a deeper mid section (instep air) and a deeper heel counter to give you more space and comfort to all our shoe uppers. When you put one of our shoes on and can wiggle all your toes then you know our depth is working. Good example is a standard athletic shoe that has a very narrow toe box (that is in height and width) and you can't wiggle your toes. The more space you have inside of your shoe this in turn creates more freedom and comfort!!!