2010

Orthotic Dynamically Adjusts to Changes in Foot Structure and Movement

This orthotic insert mimics the experience of walking in wet sand.

Kinesthotic© orthotics are made to adapt to the foot by replicating, within footwear, an explicit quality of beach-sand surface dynamics on whatever surface the footwear is used. The resulting support complies with the biomechanically sound and functional supportive principles and demands of each foot. The proprietary semi-fluid One-MinuteFit© molding composite is hermetically sealed within the Kinesthotic retaining envelope aligned on top of the pre-molded dynamic molding chassis.

The effect of the Kinesthotic orthotic inserts mimics the experience of walking or running barefoot and naturally in wet sand. In sand, one leaves behind a propulsive shape that mirrors the sole of the foot and can indicate what happened during a brief weight-bearing moment.

Kinesthotic Orthotic insert (left) mimics the experience of walking or running barefoot in wet sand. In sand, one leaves behind a propulsive shape that mirrors the sole of the foot and can indicate what happened during a brief weight-bearing moment (right) ." class="caption" align="left">With the Kinesthotic orthotics, in all weight-bearing phases, whether standing, walking, running, or in pivotal activities, the soles of each foot are continuously forming specific balancing and “propulsive” shapes between ground “strike” and “propulsion.” When the foot is lifted at the last moment, the “toe-off” propulsive shape stays within the shoe throughout the unweighted “swing” phase. This (slightly supinated) shape is considered the ideal supportive and most stable shape with which the foot should again meet and strike the ground — rather than flat ground or surfaces within the shoes.

With this stabilizing shape, a minimal amount of (pronatory) foot adaptation motion is needed, thereby also reducing wasted motion and stability, fatigue, and stress. The advantage with the Kinesthotic is that one does not have to recreate the optimum imprinted definition with every step.

As in sand, the Kinesthotic instantly activates the proprioceptive nerve sensors and tendons in the sole or plantar surface of each foot. These muscles and tendons also connect directly to the knee and manage the whole lower leg function. These muscles and tendons work almost like bungees to form the elastic foundation for the balance and propulsive mechanism for the body. This includes forming of the essential toe-crests, under the toes, and the pressure-distributing cradle for the metatarsal heads.

The molding of the toe-crest shape and resulting toe-off-grip also actively encourages the wearer to use all foot muscles and tendons during the final propulsive phase of gait. In this way, the toe-cresting contributes to completing a proactive propulsive extension and efficient toe-off through to the ends of the toes. This powerful extension should end the weighted phase of each stride with a bounce rather than the more common shuffle. The result is the most complete weight-bearing cycle. Such active toe-off propulsion can add inches to each walking stride.

The elements of the Kinesthotic orthotic have steadily evolved to emulate the cushioning and supportive effect of a specific density of beach sand beneath the foot. In the same way as sand, this device adjusts its support to continuously cradle the sole’s plantar surfaces, and to help comfortably stabilize the body’s diverse movements and forces as it moves constantly over the feet.

This technology is offered by Sven Coomer. For more information, view the yet2.com TechPak at http://info.hotims.com/28055-162.

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