The Grossman Functional Orthotic was designed with a computer in a gait lab. In shoe pressure sensors were applied on thousands of patient’s feet between their orthotic and their feet. Pressure mapping of the patient’s feet was analyzed to develop a product that would affect the mechanics of the foot and not just the symptom.
Grossman Functional Orthotic: The Problem
In shoe sensors are used to test and develop effective orthotics for patients.
Plantar fasciitis or heel pain, bunions, neuromas, metatarsalgia, these are common words patients hear from a doctor. These are all symptoms of a problem with your foot or feet. Rather than treat the patient’s symptom, the Grossman Functional Orthotic, once inside a patient’s shoe, will help correct your gait and benefit the way a patient’s foot functions.
A patient’s foot symptoms develop because their feet were not able to go through their gait cycle, within their shoe, the way nature intended them to. One of the most important phases of your walking or running is the push off from your big toe joint.
If your big toe joint is not able to bend you are forced to do something extra within your body to help finish your step, which is not very functional. This can mean slightly rotating your feet, knees, hips or back to help you accomplish walking or running. This happens very slightly and you are not even aware of it.
Many problems arise from externally rotating your body to help push off your big toe joint. You can deform the tissue under your feet causing heel pain, you can wear out knees and hips. Much of the foot pain doctors treat is because your foot is not able to bend at the big toe joint.
The Grossman Functional will help your feet strike at the heel within the shoe in a central or middle position, not on one side like so many shoes that wear on the outside, and don’t benefit the feet.
This is typical shoe wear from incorrect walking/running
Rather than being just an arch support which tends to push your feet to the outside edge, the Grossman Functional will help you stay in a neutral or middle position while you’re in the middle of your gait cycle or step.
In the middle of your step, you should not be putting excess weight on the outside of your foot.
Then on your final toe off your toes should point down inside your shoe.
Your foot needs to push off and end up straight with toes pointing down.