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23 November 2015

/Independent research confirms FootBalance 100% insoles have the potential to prevent injuries

An independent research study carried out by the University of Jyväskylä Finland and University Salzburg, Austria confirms that FootBalance 100% custom insoles have the potential to prevent injuries such as patellofemoral pain syndrome, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fascitis, and stress fractures by reducing foot pronation and excessive tibial internal rotation movement during walking and running.

Introduction: Insoles purchased to support one's medial arch have traditionally been used to aid reduction in foot overpronation and consequent lower extremity symptoms. Independent research conducted by the University of Jyväskylä and University Salzburg investigated, whether and what type of affect FootBalance 100% custom insoles have on foot and lower limb biomechanics during walking and running.

Methods: Eleven overpronators were fitted with reflective markers and their walking and running were recorded in a 3D-motion analysis laboratory. Each individual performed walking and running trials at the same speeds using both normal insoles and FootBalance 100% custom insoles.

Results: During both walking and running, the foot pronation movement was significantly lower with FootBalance 100% custom insoles compared to normal insoles. In addition, internal rotation of the tibia (shin) was reduced with FootBalance 100% custom insoles.

Conclusion: The dynamic support of FootBalance 100% custom insoles influences foot and lower limb movements during walking and running. Compared with the normal insoles FootBalance 100% custom insoles reduced foot pronation by increasing the height of the foot arch. Furthermore, this change in foot movement also led to a reduction of the inward motion of the tibia (shin). Altogether, these findings show that FootBalance 100% custom insoles have the potential to prevent overpronation and consequent injuries such as patellofemoral (knee) pain syndrome, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures.

 

Department of Biology of Physical activity

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Juha-Pekka, Kulmala, Jukka Kosonen & Janne Avela

 

University Salzburg

Eric Muller

 

For more information: Erkki Hakkala, Medical Director, FootBalance 

erkki.hakkala (at) footbalance.com or +358 50 3687713