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The Alznner® line of foot care products are uniquely designed to position the bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons of the human foot and restore optimal alignment.
Restoring natural anatomical alignment helps normalize overall posture. Poor alignment and posture can create additional strain on the muscles of the feet, legs, and back which in turn can contribute to foot, knee, hip, back or neck pain.
Developed by foot physiologist Georg Alzner after many years of biomechanical research, the Alznner® arch support has been so successful in providing relief that it is often imitated, but never duplicated.
Normal foot function is important for two reasons:
First and foremost is the fact that your feet are the foundation that your body rests on. Even a couch potato will take over a thousand steps a day. For the average person, it’s five to eight thousand per day. Each of those steps will place a force on your foot equal to 1.5 times your body weight while walking. Running will increase that force to 3 times your body weight. It’s easy to see why feet that are not functioning properly will hurt.
when your feet are functioning properly, your center of gravity is
positioned over the arch of your foot. Studies have shown that when your
center of gravity is in this position, it is easier for the muscles in
your legs and back to maintain your balance. With your center of gravity
away from the arch your muscles will have to work harder to keep you
standing and moving throughout the day. The harder muscles have to work,
the more likely it is that you will experience leg, hip, back, or even
neck pain at the end of the day. The majority of common back pain has been
clinically linked to poor posture and the way your feet strike the
ground as you walk. Improved balance is especially important for the
elderly, who can more easily lose their balance, which subjects them to
a much higher risk of devastating falls. In addition, when your center
of gravity is properly positioned, the weight forces on your foot are
more likely to be distributed properly.
When the foot does not function normally, several things happen:
Pressure is placed on parts of the foot not designed to deal with that level of stress. That can create pain, calluses and other foot problems.
is not properly centered over the arch. This causes the muscles of the
body to try and compensate for the misalignment. Often, this leads to
knee, hip, back and neck pain.
Many products on the market today are designed to correct a single foot problem. However, Georg Alzner believed that most foot and related problems could be helped if the foot functioned normally. The goal of his design was to guide the foot into its natural position and support its shock-absorbing arches.
Biomechanical evaluations have shown that arch supports can affect balance, stability, and the distribution of forces on the bottom of the foot in two ways; specifically, they can “…change the motion of the foot, therefore altering ankle, knee and hip joint and upper body movement” and/or “…can change the forces and torques placed on the body by altering their distribution on the plantar (bottom) surface of the foot resulting in a change in the Center of Gravity (CG) of the body. This is referred to as altering the path of the Center of Pressure (COP) on the bottom of the foot."
Testing of the Alznner® arch support has proven that the material and design do exactly what its inventor wanted it to do. More importantly, it shows that they accomplish both of the desirable actions described above and can have a positive affect on balance, stability, and the distribution of forces on the plantar surface of the foot.
Consider the following brief summary of studies:
muscular effort was needed to maintain balance. The reduced muscular
effort may provide greater endurance for people while performing dynamic
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
East Carolina University - Biomechanics Lab
Alznner® [support] can change the motion of the foot, therefore altering
ankle, knee and hip joint motion and upper body movement. Reduction of
forces on the joints would be consistent with decreases in back and knee
Biomechanics Evaluation Laboratory
Michigan State University – College of Engineering
“The Alznner® [support] appears to be an unusual design providing both support and stability with little unwanted secondary effects.”
Kendall Orthotics, Inc.
Institutions Supplying Measurement:
California College of Podiatry
a clinical study of 67 generally healthy older men and women was
conducted at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia
using the Alznner® arch support. The study showed a statistically
significant improvement in scores for balance, functional mobility, and
pain reduction in the back and lower extremities excluding the ankle. In addition,
85.1% of participants reported that they benefited from wearing the arch
Department of Graduate Studies
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Your feet are the foundation for your entire body, so even minor foot pain should not be viewed as inconsequential. If persistent foot problems can't be helped by a simple change in shoe style, then Alznner® arch supports may be the answer to your foot problems.
In fact, our arch support may be the best way to prevent foot problems by giving your foot proper support and balance before problems have a chance to develop.
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