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Custom-Calibrated ORTHOTICS

Fluid Chiropractic uses Sole Supports Inc.

These orthotics are designed based on your foot flexibility, weight and propulsion gait pattern. The orthotics are made to order using a 3D foam positive image from the cast of your foot. It is specifically calibrated for your foot flexiblity and weight. A spring effect is created when the orthotic in full contact with the arch of your foot during toe off and allows the foot to flatten but maintain optimum function during full weight bearing. It is washable and can be worn in water. For normal activities the ultrasuede cover is the most luxurious and is the standard cover. For intense athletic activities you might want the Agion cover for the added anti-microbial action, however most athletes prefer the suede cover.

Who Will Benefit:

In this cement jungle, everyone that stands on hard surfaces, exercises/walk a lot, bunions, hammer toes, achilles problems, knee pain, hip pain, or just dysfunction in their biomechanics. Have you wondered if orthotics are for you? What is the difference between custom-made and other types? Are my orthotics still effective? How long will they last? Are they water-proof? Can I get one pair of orhtotics or do I have to get one for other shoes? What if I have a foot lift or heel lift? What if I get new shoes? What shoes can I wear with Orthotics? What if I gain/lose weight? What if I get pregnant? What if my son/daughter grows? Book your appointment today and we will answer all your questions and get you started today!

First Appointment:

We will take your medical history, discuss your questions, assess your gait / posture / leg mechanics and cast your orthotics.

Shipping and Construction Times/Fees:

The orthotics are constructed from raw materials when your order is placed, and then calibrated to your mechanics and weight. Please wear loose clothing that can be pulled above your knees for the exam. Alternatively, we have gown shorts you may change into. Usually the construction takes 2-3 weeks and the shipping takes 2 business days. If you would like to expedite your order we can place a lab rush order and ship your orthotics over night.

Second Visit:

At this visit we will fit your orthotics, re-check your gait, and provide you with exercises and stretches for increased function and support. Please wear tight leggings, very loose pants that can be pulled above your knees or shorts. We also have gown shorts you may change into. Ladies please remove tights. Bring the shoes you plan on wearing with the orthotics. If you plan on changing the orthotics between different pairs of shoes, please bring all shoes with you to your fitting.

Growth Policies:

Sole Supports has special policies just for growing children, increase in weight, decrease in weight to help you achieve your fitness without constantly paying high prices for orthotics. For instance, you may purchase a growing policy for children where there orthotics get replaced for free over 3 years as they grow and gain weight.

Weight Calibration:

Calibration involves putting each orthotic in a high pressure chamber for testing. An air bladder is filled until the pressure against the orthotic shell is enough to make it flex downward a certain amount (just like your foot will do when you put your weight on it).

Whether you are a competitive or recreational athlete, your foot is unique and requires specific calibration for the right mix of flex and rigidity. This is the real custom factor absent in standard 'custom' orthotics. We love it when we can give athletes a competitive edge based on powerful feet.

Sole Supports is the only company doing research at major universities to back up claims of increased performance and have a number of professional athletes using the orthotics to gain a competitive edge.

Weight Policies:

These custom orthotics are calibrated to your body weight. To support you in greater foot function, and therefore increased activity, when you lose 10-15% in body weight Sole Supports will recalibrate your existing orthotics to your new weight free of charge. However, if you gain more than 10-15% body weight, there is a fee to have your existing orthotics re-calibrated to your new weight. They will not be effective if they are not calibrated and constructed for your mechanics and weight as these are functional orthotics.


Small repairs may be made in office. The orthotic construction is designed to last. If you would like to recover your orthotics in a few years, we will simply ship them back to the manufacturers to be recovered. If you decide to alter your orthotic shape/size yourself and it alters the function or you cut too much off, you will need to purchase a new pair of orthotics. Ask Dr. Jennifer for more details.

Insurance Policies:

Are available. Please ask for more details.

Why Sole Supports:

The whole world has heard of arch supports, custom insoles or orthotics. They are as common as sliced bread or canned soup. And most of them are fairly worthless. Why?

The foot is actually a complex machine that depends on all of its 26 bones and even more joints to work in harmony. When it works as designed, the foot is capable of remarkable things which all help insure not only pain-free health of the foot, but the parts up the chain, including ankles, knees, hips and spine. The foot unwinds to absorb shock as the heel strikes the ground, changes shape to accommodate to varied terrain, then winds back up to be a firm, propulsive lever to advance forward.

There are two basic states of the foot that should be very familiar: arch up and arch down. The arch down state happens when, after the heel strikes the ground, the foot unwinds inside and the arch does a free fall due to gravity. Most people are able to do this so well they overdo it. More on this later.

The arch up state comes next, because that is what makes the foot a rigid lever for push off. The foot must wind back up inside to raise the arch and stiffen itself. If the arch stays down you have to propel yourself forward with a mushy foot. That is not only tiring because your muscles have to work harder, it leads to the common foot pains and deformities that afflict millions every day: bunion, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia to name a few.

The arch down state is important to absorb shock and adjust to uneven floor surfaces. But when it is overdone, the arch can't get back up. Going down hill is easy, but how does it get back up, into the arch up state? About 90% of the population can't get back up enough to have normal foot function. Assisted by gravity, body weight, muscle weakness and hard floors, the foot learns to unwind and flatten the arch ever closer to the ground, getting flatter with age. You may have heard this called over-pronation, which is just a fancy name for flat, flexible feet.

A long time ago, people tried helping others with very flat feet, by devising platforms that would fit in their shoes under their feet and hold up their arches. The only problem was they used solid steel, wood and solid chunks of leather -all of which felt like rocks under their feet. So common medical practice abandoned the idea of holding the arch up. If nobody could tolerate it, what's the point?

So to this day, the most common approach to helping the flat foot avoids direct arch contact and control. Combinations of cushions, wedges under the heel or forefoot are used to try to control the flattening foot -all with undersized or minimal arches. This is why most major studies have shown that typical custom foot orthotics workno better than what you might buy off the shelf at the drug store or supermarket.

From a very common-sense, mechanical point of view, the only way you can effectively control the foot is to apply a force directly up under the arch. The reason we can now do that comfortably is modern plastics. The goal is to create a custom, supportive platform for each foot that is rigid enough to achieve the arch up state, yet flexible enough to allow some small degree of flattening for shock absorption, terrain adaptation and comfort. To do that we have to know how much a person weighs, because bigger people need more support. We also need to know how flexible their foot structure is, because floppier feet need more support. Throw in what kind of activities a person is used to doing and now we have some real custom information to make a device that can control their feet.

But before we can make a truly custom device, we have to cast your feet in a very specific way in order to capture the corrected position we want the orthotic to impose on your foot. If you just stepped in a box of foam, we would capture all that is wrong about your feet: the fallen arch, the splayed forefoot, etc. That is why your provider was carefully trained in our casting technique and why we only accept orders from providers trained in our techniques.

No one makes orthotics like we do. It costs more to make them, we have to reject casts that are not done well enough, we only take orders from providers who have had our training and we have to do our work carefully and thoroughly in order for you to be comfortable. But the good news is, once we have bothered to do all that, we have created an orthotic that really works the way it is supposed to. We actually change how a foot functions on the ground. We make people better (our company motto).

So what's the big deal? Well . . . , ask someone who really suffers from a persistent foot pain or a deformity that keeps rubbing into their shoes. Or ask someone who has just had their third surgery to correct a bad bunion. Or someone who is off work because their plantar fasciitis is so bad they can't stand or walk for more than 10 minutes at a time. The fact is, many people suffer from foot disorders and are constantly looking, sometimes desperately, for relief.

There are many routine treatments for foot problems, from anti-inflammatory pills to cortisone injections, to a zillion different pads, cushions, ointments and, of course, surgery. All of these have temporary, pain-relieving effects. But, if you want the chance to permanently solve the problem, you must change the way your feet function on the ground. And the only way to do that is to use a true custom, biomechanical orthotic: Sole Supports.

For more information about your specific needs or how Sole Supports work, contact Dr. DenBleyker.

From Sole Supports, Inc:

One of the most hotly debated questions in orthotic foot management is: should an orthotic be rigid or
flexible? Of course, to pose the question like this is to simply that they should either always be rigid or always flexible. The question, as such, is entirely misstated. The pertinent question is: how much supportive force
should an orthosis supply to any particular foot? The answer to that question is a custom factor for every
foot. People who weigh more need more support to overcome their added weight; feet that are more
flexible need more support because the inherent structural stability is less; people who are more active need more support to resist higher impact loading. This should be intuitively obvious, yet the battle
between the rigid and flexible orthotic prescription camps continues.

This is largely due to three things:

  1. the lack of reliable methods for determining the custom amount of force necessary;
  2. the lack of function-based analysis or agreement about the corrective goal for foot posture;
  3. the lack of agreement on how and where to deliver the corrective force to the foot.

We have answered numbers two and three elsewhere: MASS position is the logical corrective goal and full,
custom-shaped contact to the plantar foot is how to deliver the corrective force. The answer to number one
is evaluating foot flexibility, recording body weight and activity levels as custom data on the order form, and
custom calibration that accounts for these custom factors during orthotic manufacture.

The orthotic industry has been content to ignore these custom factors largely because, to account for them,
the entire process of custom orthotic data collection and manufacture would become much more complicated and expensive. They have also been very willing to continue Neutral STJ Position technology because it is a useful excuse to maintain the simplicity and profitability that technology dictates. With our new methods and goals, however, Sole Supports has had to be the first to develop entirely new processes in
order to create a truly custom orthotic.

One of the most important inventions in our new way of doing orthotics is the calibration device. Actually there are two proprietary devices we developed to arrive at custom, calibrated shell flexibility. The first is a device that creates a “calibrator reference point” (CRP) on the bottom of every plastic shell. This insures that the calibrator is always evaluating the same point on the orthotic, both for re-tests of the same orthotic and for new pairs. The second and most complex device is the calibrator itself. This device uses a pin placed directly under the CRP whose deflection is computer monitored in thousands of an inch increments. An air bladder is designed to envelop the orthotic surface from above and uniformly push the orthotic shell downwards to simulate actual foot loading of the shell during stance phase. How much shell deflection at what amount of force gives us a number that determines the correct amount of shell flexibility for that patient’s weight, foot flexibility and activity level.

Before we were able to match calibrator numbers to patient variables, a large amount of actual case data were collected. The data produced a scatter graph that suggested a predictable line or data trend that could be used to complete the algorithm. Currently, we are the only lab working on this level of engineering problem-solving to deliver a more custom and functional orthotic.

Before we can make a truly custom device, we have to cast your feet in a very specific way in order to capture the corrected position we want the orthotic to impose on your foot. That is why our providers are carefully trained in our casting technique and why we only accept orders from providers trained in our techniques.

Dr. DenBleyker is a certified Sole Supports Orthotics Specialist.