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    What we do Learn More Our team Learn More About 8sole Training Coming Soon Raptor Mask Training Coming Soon Piro AFO/SMO Training Coming Soon Training Events Learn More Blogs Learn More Official Podcast Learn More News Foot Orthotics Learn More Learn More Protective Face Mask Learn More Pediatric AFO / SMO Learn More Protective Orthosis Our Products

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    Our 3D Orthotic Products What we do Learn More Our team Learn More About 8sole Training Coming Soon Raptor Mask Training Coming Soon Piro AFO/SMO Training Coming Soon Training Events Learn More Blogs Learn More Official Podcast Learn More News Foot Orthotics Learn More Learn More Protective Face Mask Learn More Pediatric AFO / SMO Learn More Protective Orthosis Our Products Piro is the thinnest, lightest and best looking AFO and SMO ever made. Piro uses the newest technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing to offer unparalleled comfort for your child. TiMband Air Protect is designed to protect people who are epileptic and have uncontrolled drop fits Our Products Some people are challenged in their lives more than others. Luckily for them there is you - parents, orthotists, prosthetists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and doctors to help them. Our mission is to give you a new generation of 3D printed orthotic & prosthetic products and processes to ease your job and improve lives of your patients. 8sole is designed with perfect knowledge of biomechanics. It is adjusted to your feet and lifestyle with unique custom ribbing and controlled thickness. We combined our clinical experience with advanced design and the newest technologies such as 3D printing, 3D scanning and digital design algorithms.

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    Training What we do Learn More Our team Learn More About 8sole Training Coming Soon Raptor Mask Training Coming Soon Piro AFO/SMO Training Coming Soon Training Events Learn More Blogs Learn More Official Podcast Learn More News Foot Orthotics Learn More Learn More Protective Face Mask Learn More Pediatric AFO / SMO Learn More Protective Orthosis Our Products Bringing the training to you We have developed online training for our orthotic equipment and continue to improve and refine these as our product areas continue to develop. We’re committed to continual product improvement and continual education and we have an online service which lets our clinicians know of the changes and improvements that we make to our products on a real time basis. Access to both 8Sole & Piro training Our training pages are secured and encrypted via Amazon cloud to give you all the security you need to create and manage your account Our digital training platform helps users select various modules for them to learn how to best use our products with their patients. Every users account is tailored to their specific needs to best allow trainers to help you get the best training you need. Monitor your progress against a variety of metrics for both you and your trainer to track your progress. Training made right for each product For each product, there’s a fully integrated, certificated series of training videos. Each series takes you through assessment, scanning and configuring your patient specific products and we offer full support to all of our clients. Have a question?

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  • What do we know about sagittal plane stiffness of AFOs?

    Following the recent publication of the paper “Comparison of Sagittal Plane Stiffness of Nonarticulated Pediatric Ankle-Foot Orthoses Designed to be Rigid” by Fatone et al I wanted to share a summary of what the article tells us. As clinicians prescribing orthoses, the stiffness is vitally important for our prescriptions to achieve their goals. Understanding what we are trying to control allows us to choose materials that will exert an external force onto a person and influence a particular movement pattern. Link to paper When prescribing orthoses what do we take into consideration before we can think about material stiffness? Diagnosis, age, weight, range of motion, muscle tone and what we want the orthosis to do. The materials available to us have evolved over time from traditional leather or metal orthoses to homo and copolymers, silicone, dynamic elastomeric fabrics, carbon composites and now nylons because we can 3D print. The take home points from the paper are; All AFOs will deform to some extent under sufficient load Rigid AFOs are designed to resist peak plantarflexion and dorsiflexion loads Comparison of AFO stiffness between USA and UK manufacturers to establish thresholds for AFO-FC algorithms 9 AFOs were used (image 1). 6 from the UK and 3 from the USA. All made from polypropylene of varying thickness (3-5mm) for patients with cerebral palsy or spina bifida. 2 USA AFOs in design B and 1 design C. UK AFOs 2 represented in all 3 design categories: Design A – fixed ankle free MTPJs Design B – fixed ankle with fixed MTPJs Design C – Fixed ankle, fixed MTPJs and anterior tibial shell Various unique design features for each AFO are described in table 1 (see paper) Overall UK AFOs were found to be stiffer than the USA AFOs, with comparable stiffnesses in design group B What does this mean? This is the baseline data required for creating further evidence about stiffness characteristics of paediatric AFOs. It would be great to see if future papers can tell us about variation in stiffness between different materials and thicknesses. Additionally, what certain design features like ribs, carbon inserts, trimline design and materials contribute to AFO stiffness and how much. This would allow us to more accurately design our AFO prescriptions. Furthermore, the authors suggest that further investigation into AFO stiffness in other planes at the ankle and at other joints is a logical next step. What does this mean in relation to 3D Printing? The clear benefits of 3D printing show us that we can create the same prescription with less weight and less material in much more environmentally friendly way and create more aesthetically acceptable designs. Piro is not just an AFO, but a digital workflow that allows the clinician to be in complete control of the design. The end result is an elegant orthosis.

  • What is Overpronation? Find Out How Insoles Can Help

    You might not have heard of overpronation, but it can cause orthotic insoles to be necessary for certain people. In this blog post, we are going to talk about what overpronation is and how orthotics work in general. We will also go into detail on why orthotic insoles may help with your pain or discomfort. Knowing what overpronation means is tough enough, but knowing the cause and how to fix it is even tougher. Don't worry though--we're here to help you with both! The first thing that many people don't know about overpronation is that it's not just something that happens in runners; a lot of non-runners experience it too. Here are some of the basics surrounding overpronation: Properly aligning your foot during the course of a walk or run can reduce pain and other medical problems, including arch collapse. This is often accomplished with shoe inserts that correct overpronation by only profiting medial-compressed feet, not by correcting general alignment. Installing a high-quality insole into your footwear can improve overpronation and provide better alignment. A quality insole should have an arch which is the same as your feet, to help with pain relief. What is overpronation? In everyday life, we walk and run upright on hard surfaces, which causes the foot to supinate (instead of pronate) slightly. Overpronation occurs when one or both feet roll inward excessively during these steps – about 60% of people have this motion more than they need to in order to function properly. Overpronation often happens when the foot rolls inward before pushing off, and when this occurs at different points of stride there is a loss of efficiency in every step taken. Basic Foot Biomechanics To understand overpronation, you need to know what happens to your foot when you take a step. We have broken down the process step-by-step: The heel strike is on the outside of your heel. Your foot rolls inwards, towards the toes. The body weight starts at the heel and goes over to the outside of your foot before moving forward. When you overpronate, your feet roll inward. This makes it less likely for shock to be distributed efficiently and can lead to back and foot pain. A good pair of shoes with insoles are designed to help absorb this excess force so that the foot is more stable as it hits the ground. When your foot moves, your ankle, knee and hip also turn. Push-off should happen when your second toe is on the ground behind you. It is not good if you keep your feet inside of your shoes. This is overpronation. Overpronation is when your foot flattens, your toes turn outwards and the surrounding muscles are overworked. The arch of your foot is important. If the arch flattens, it puts pressure on the heel and causes fatigue. It also makes your foot slide forward in your shoe. When the toes point outward, it is no longer stable. You can't walk forward as well when your toes are turned out. The inward roll of the ankle, knee and hip can cause you to feel pain. Especially if you are on your feet all day. One way to reduce overpronation, which can lead to excessive wear on joints and muscles, is with motion control shoes. Support under the calcaneal shelf will help you maintain a more even stride for efficient running and enjoyable walking. How to tell if you are an overpronator Pronation is not always obvious- most people take their way of walking and running for granted. You can always consult with a foot and ankle specialist to figure out if you have this common condition, but there are ways you can tell at home as well. Knowing your arch height helps figure out if you are over pronation. If you have a flat foot and flexible arches, then you are an overpronator. First, it’s important to know if the shoes you're wearing for running or walking contribute to your pronation or provide relief. You can easily check this by looking at the arches of the shoe. The negative effects of overpronation. Everyone has to move their feet in ways that are up and down. This is called pronation and supination. If you do more of one than the other, then there can be problems with your foot. If you overpronate, there are a few different problems that can develop. They range from minor to uncomfortable and include: Arch Collapse - When your arch collapses, your foot slides forward in your shoe. This can lead to contact with the inside of the shoe and cause problems like friction and blistering. When you hike, this can cause toes to hit shoes or socks and that can make black toe nails happen as well as making it uncomfortable. Plantar Fasciitis - Constant elongation of the arch in your feet puts stress on your plantar fascia, a connective tissue located at the bottom of your foot. Inefficiency - can be damaging to your joints. Upsets in alignment cause an imbalance, which can lead to injuries in those areas Pain in the Kinetic Chain - A kinetic chain is a series of joints affected by one motion. Rolling your foot can twist other joints like your ankle, knee, and hip. They might not work as well because this happens. Then you feel pain or overuse injuries. How do I correct overpronation? To correct overpronation, you may need to use a shoe with lots of support. This is easier than it sounds. You can also find the right pair of shoes for your needs easily. You can also get insoles that will help your feet with this problem if needed. Not so long ago, the primary goal of a running shoe was to maximize overcorrections in stride for excessive pronators but now running shoes have shifted to improving comfort and reducing injury. What are the best overpronation insoles? Pronation is the inward movement of the foot from a straight position. Firm arch support, whether it be custom orthotics or non-prescription insoles can help with alignment. You have two choices to consider - get custom orthotics or purchase overpronation orthotic insoles. Take a look at the circumstances that might make one option better than the other: Custom orthotics - Shoe inserts for overpronation - Custom orthotics are expensive and are usually necessary only if you have complicated clinical symptoms. Non-prescription insoles - When you buy insoles, beware of over-the-counter options. Some don't provide enough support for your feet and they can be uncomfortable and ineffective. Overpronation is a common condition that occurs when the foot rolls inwards too far, which can cause pain and instability. Custom orthotics or insoles are often prescribed to correct overpronation because they redistribute pressure evenly underfoot, providing comfort for your feet while also reducing shock-load on other parts of the body such as knees and back. If you’re interested in learning more about how custom made orthotics can help with overpronation, contact us today! We offer free consultations so we can get some information from you before designing an orthotic just for you.

  • What is Foot Drop

    Foot drop is a condition that affects the leg, foot or ankle. It can be caused by many different things including nerve injury, muscle or nerve disorders and brain and spinal cord disorders. Symptoms can be painful in the affected area, difficulty walking or standing up from sitting down for long periods of time. Foot drop is most often diagnosed with an examination. If you have trouble lifting your heel off the ground then you may have foot drop. What Causes Foot Drop? Foot drop can be caused by many things. The most common cause is nerve injury to the leg, foot or ankle that may come from an accident or other trauma to the area. Other common causes of foot drop may include: Nerve Injury The most frequent reason for foot drop is compression of a nerve in your leg that controls the muscles involved with raising the foot (peroneal nerve). Foot drop can also result from a spinal nerve injury, "pinched nerve," in the spine. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop nerve damage in their legs and feet. Muscle Weakness or Nerve Disorders Foot drop can be caused by a wide variety of muscular dystrophy types, which are an inherited disease that causes muscle weakness over time. Polio is another example of what causes foot drop. Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders Foot drop can be caused by diseases of the spinal cord or brain, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, or stroke. Diagnosing Foot Drop Your doctor will want to know what makes foot drop worse, what happened before it started and what other symptoms you have. Your doctor may also ask if there are any family members who have had similar conditions or problems in the past. A physical exam will be done to see what is causing the foot drop and what other problems may exist that could cause it as well. The doctor can do this by checking how you walk, move your leg muscles and test reflexes in different parts of the body such as knee jerks or ankle jerks. You may also get an electromyogram (EMG) to see what messages are being sent from the muscles in your leg and ankle. Living with or Managing Foot Drop If foot drop is caused by an injury, then it will need to be treated. This could include wearing a ankle foot brace/orthoses or splint on the affected leg and using crutches temporarily while you recover. Pain management can help with what causes pain in your feet as well. If what causes foot drop is damage to the nerve, your doctor may prescribe you certain medications that can help with pain and other symptoms. Physical therapy may be needed to strengthen what are weakened muscles in the leg or ankle. There are also many braces available for people who have what is called “drop foot” which helps them lift their foot when what is needed. If what causes foot drop are neurological disorders, then you will need to see your doctor regularly for check-ups and changes in medications if necessary. Using a Ankle-foot brace or Splint Using an ankle foot brace/orthoses or splint for foot drop can help prevent further damage to the foot. It can also help you walk better and even run if what causes weak muscles in your ankles or feet. The brace will hold up what is affecting the ankle, so that it does not come down as far when you take a step forward. This prevents what makes the foot too much and what is happening to the muscles in your foot and ankle. A foot drop is a medical condition that occurs when one or more of the nerve roots to the spinal cord are compressed. The compression on these nerves cause muscles in your feet and toes to not function properly, which results in an inability to raise your foot at all times during walking (toe-off). Foot drop usually only affects one side of the body; however, some cases can affect both sides. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of foot drop, contact us today for more information about Piro.

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