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How I-ROC Stops Pain

Please scroll down or select one of the foot conditions to the left to discover how I-ROC shoes help alleviate the problem!

Achilles Tendonitis

Achillies Tendonitis is a painful condition that causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon (the large tendon at the back of the heel). Pain caused by this condition can develop gradually, and it can be a shooting pain, burning pain, or even an sharp, piercing sensation. Achillies tendonitis should not be left untreated, because the tendon can become weak and ruptured.


In some cases, prolonged periods of standing can cause Achillies Tendonitis. Individuals who suffer from this condition often complain that their first steps out of bed in the morning are extremely painful. Another common symptom is pain after steps are taken after long periods of sitting. This pain often lessens with activity.

There are several causes of achilles tendonitis. The most common cause is called "over-pronation." This occurs in the walking process, when the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the achilles tendon. That's why I-ROC shoes are excellent at treating the symptoms of this condition. Our shoes are equipped with a patented sole that prevents the collapse of your arches.

Arch Pain / Arch Strain

Arch Pain, or Arch Strain, refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation in the arch area of the foot. There are many factors that can cause this condition. A structural imbalance -- or an injury to the foot -- can often be the direct cause, but the most common cause is plantar fasciitis.

The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue on the bottom of your foot that runs from your heel to your forefoot. Excessive stretching of this area, usually due to over-pronation (flat feet), causes this common condition.


When the the plantar fascia is stretched away from the heel, it often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas. The pain is often very sharp in the morning when you first get out of bed, or after a prolonged period of rest.

If this condition is left untreated and your arch strain continues, a bony protrusion may develop (this is known as a heel spur). It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens.

Athritic Feet

Arthritic Feet is a condition characterized by the inflammation of the cartilage and lining of the foot's joints. Inflammation causes warmth, pain, redness and swelling. Over 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis, most of whom are over the age of 50. Each foot has 33 joints that can become affected, which is why the disease is so common in the feet.


What Causes Arthritic Feet?

There are many causes (heredity plays a big role), but arthritic symptoms can develop because of many factors. Some include bacterial/viral infections, prescription drug side effects, traumatic injuries, and other disorders.

Other foot problems (hammer toes, claw toes, mallet toes, and bunions) often develop as a result of arthritis. Symptoms can also arise in the heel and ankle because of the erosion of the involved joints.

I-ROC's footwear helps gives relief to sufferers of this condition because its patented flex-sole facilitates nature's intended way of walking and reduces stress and pain at the ball of your foot.

Bunions

Bunions are one of the most common forefoot problems. A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. This 'bump' is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of your foot. Ouch, right? It is common to find the big toe resting under or over the second toe, causing a common forefoot condition called overlapping toes.

Some of the symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the side surface of the big toe. The discomfort commonly causes a patient to walk improperly.

Bunions are a common problem, especially for women. It can develop from an abnormality in foot function or arthritis, but is more commonly caused by wearing improper fitting footwear. Tight, narrow dress shoes with a constrictive toe box (toe area) can cause the foot to begin to take the shape of the shoe, leading to the formation of a bunion.

It is important to realize that wearing dress shoes and boots, which are tapered in the toe area, can cause bunions to worsen to the point where surgery is necessary.

The best way to alleviate the pain associated with bunions is to wear properly fitting shoes. Shoes designed with a high, wide toe box (toe area) are recommended for people suffering from forefoot disorders, such as bunions. It is medically proven that shoes with rocker soles will unload pressure to the bunion area. Orthotics are also recommended for this condition to provide extra comfort, support, and protection.

That's why I-ROC shoes are recommended for people who suffer from bunions. See our specific styles listed under this condition and help put an end to your painful footwear experience.

Calluses

Calluses are caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. They develop because of excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot. Some common causes are high-heeled dress shoes, shoes that are too small, obesity, abnormalities in the walking motion, flat feet, high arched feet, bony prominences, and the loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot.

It is important for men and women to realize that wearing dress shoes and boots, which are tapered in the toe area, can cause the bunion to worsen to the point where surgery is necessary.

Many people try to alleviate the pain caused by calluses by cutting or trimming them with a razor blade or knife. This is not the way to properly treat calluses.

To relieve the excessive pressure that leads to callus formation, weight should be redistributed equally with the use of a shoe like I-ROC Shoes.

Charcot-Marie-Foot Disease

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is an inherited disorder of nerves (neuropathy) that takes different forms. It is characterized by loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation, predominantly in the feet and legs. Presently incurable, this disease is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders.

Symptoms usually begin in late childhood or early adulthood. Some people don't experience symptoms until the early thirties. Usually, the initial symptom is foot drop early in the course of the disease. This can also cause claw toe, where the toes are always curled. Wasting of muscle tissue of the lower parts of the legs may give rise to "stork leg" or "inverted bottle" appearance. Weakness in the hands and forearms occurs in many people later in life as the disease progresses.

I-ROC Shoes help alleviate the symptoms of this disease by providing a patented sole that takes pressure off the arch of the foot.

Diabetic Foot

Of the sixteen million Americans with diabetes, 25% will develop foot problems related to the disease. Diabetic foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation and neuropathy. Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes, and Charcot Feet.

It is crucial for diabetics to take necessary precautions to prevent foot related injuries. Due to the consequences of neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical. When a diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative footcare measures, he or she reduces the risks of serious foot conditions.

Proper footwear, such as I-ROC Shoes, play an important role in diabetic footcare. A sole like the ones featured on our shoes reduce pressure in the areas of the foot most susceptible to pain, most notably the ball-of-the-foot.

Hammer Toes

A hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the middle joint in the toe, potentially leading to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe's joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe due to rubbing against the shoe.

Hammer toes result from a muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. This results in the joint curling downward. Arthritis can also lead to many different forefoot deformities, including hammer toes.

I-ROC Shoes help alleviate the symptoms of Hammer Toes by properly supporting the muscles, tendons and ligaments that, when improperly supported, cause the problem.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common condition in which weight bearing on the heel causes extreme discomfort.

There are two types of heel pain. The first is caused by over-use repetitive stress which refers to a soreness resulting from too much impact on a specific area of the foot. This condition, often referred to as "heel pain syndrome," can be caused by shoes with heels that are too low, a thinned out fat pad in the heel area, or from a sudden increase in activity.

Plantar fasciitis, a very common diagnosis of heel pain, is usually caused from a biomechancial problem, such as over-pronation (commonly called flat feet). The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom surface of the foot, from the heel through the midfoot and into the forefoot. Over-pronation can cause the plantar fascia to be excessively stretched and inflamed, resulting in pain in the heel and arch areas of the foot. Often the pain will be most intense first thing in the morning or after a prolonged period of rest. The pain will gradually subside as the day progresses.

To properly treat heel pain, you should choose shoes that provide cushioning and elevate the heel to transfer pressure. I-ROC Shoes are an excellent choice because of the patented arch support.

Heel Spurs

A Heel Spur is a pointed bony fragment that stems from the heel bone. It extends into the sensitive tissue and nerves, resulting in pain in the foot with every movement. Pain is usually more pronounced in the morning and subsides through the day, however can return unexpectedly with activity.

A heel spur is a common condition that results when a bone growth extends from the heel bone (calcaneous) into the sensitive tissue in the heel. These pointed growths of bone develop when the plantar fascia is excessively and repetitively pulled away from the heel bone. In many cases, a heel spur can develop along with plantar fasciitis, but can also occur by itself.

X-ray scans can usually reveal heel spurs. They show up as hooked growths that point towards the toes. Heel spurs often develop in middle-aged patients, but can also occur in younger people as well. Athletes are especially prone to heel spur due to the regular stress on their heels.

Knee & Hip Pain

Common Knee and Hip Pain conditions can easily arise from wearing shoes that don't offer proper arch support. When your body's architecture is not resting on a foundation that matches the design of your feet, you will inevitably experience pain.

I-ROC shoes allow your feet to work as designed. The idea is that simple. After considerable research and testing, the I-ROC shoe was created. The heel, arch and toe areas built into the shoes are precisely shaped and angled in both directions to allow the foot to smoothly rock from heel to toe in precisely the way nature intended.

Leg Pain

Leg Pain is a broad term that can have many causes, and even mean a wide variety of pain: sharp/stabbing, throbbing, tingling, aching, numbing, etc. And when someone describes "leg pain," they might be referring to the thigh, ankle, knee, hip, shin or calf ...AND they might be describing pain in their muscle, bone, ligament, blood vessels or any combination of these areas!

It's no wonder, then, when someone says they're experiencing "leg pain" that the conversation is only just beginning. One thing is certain -- if you don't have footwear that properly supports your body's structure, it will begin to give out. Just like a building that is settling on a bad foundation, your body will begin to shift and put stress on ligaments, joints, tendons, muscles and bones. And all of this is painful.

Your leg pain might not be related to your footwear, but by purchasing I-ROC Shoes, you are providing your body the proper support structure and many of our satisfied clients can testify that their pain went away after they gave our shoes a try.
What have you got to lose -- other than your pain?

Lower Back Pain

One of the first places you should look when trying to alleviate common back pain is at your shoes. Back problems often arise from wearing footwear that doesn't offer proper arch support. When your body's architecture is not resting on a foundation that matches the design of your feet, you will inevitably experience pain, often in your lower back.

I-ROC shoes allow your feet to work as designed. The idea is that simple. After considerable research and testing, the I-ROC shoe was created. The heel, arch and toe areas built into the shoes are precisely shaped and angled in both directions to allow the foot to smoothly rock from heel to toe in precisely the way nature intended.

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is a general term that refers to a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region of the foot (the area just before the toes, more commonly referred to as the ball-of-the-foot).

With this common foot condition, one or more of the metatarsal heads become painful and/or inflamed, usually due to excessive pressure over a long period of time. It is common to experience acute, recurrent, or chronic pain with metatarsalgia. Ball-of-foot pain is often caused from improper fitting footwear, most frequently by dress shoes and other restrictive footwear.

Footwear designed with a patented rocker sole, such as I-ROC shoes, is ideal for treating metatarsalgia. The sole unloads pressure to the ball-of-the-foot.

Mortons Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma is a common foot problem associated with pain, swelling and/or an inflammation of a nerve, usually at the ball-of-the-foot between the 3rd and 4th toes. Symptoms of this condition include sharp pain, burning, and even a lack of feeling in the affected area. Morton's Neuroma may also cause numbness, tingling, or cramping in the forefoot.

This condition can also be caused by your footwear. Shoes with pointed toes and/or high heels can often lead to a neuroma. Constricting shoes can pinch the nerve between the toes, causing discomfort and extreme pain.

I-ROC Shoes are great at relieving the pain experienced by sufferers of Morton's Neuroma.

Neuropathy

Of the sixteen million Americans with diabetes, 25% will develop foot problems related to the disease. Diabetic foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation and neuropathy.

Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes, and Charcot Feet.

It is crucial for diabetics to take necessary precautions to prevent foot related injuries. Due to the consequences of neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical. When a diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative footcare measures, he or she reduces the risks of serious foot conditions.

Proper footwear, such as I-ROC Shoes, play an important role in relieving pain associated with Neuropathy. A sole like the ones featured on our shoes reduce pressure in the areas of the foot most susceptible to pain, most notably the ball-of-the-foot.

Over Pronation (Flat Feet)

Over Pronation, commonly called "flat feet," is a common biomechanical problem that occurs in the walking process when a person's arch collapses upon weight bearing. This motion can cause extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, potentially causing severe discomfort and leading to other foot problems.

Over Pronation is very prominent in people who have flexible, flat feet. The framework of the foot begins to collapse, causing the foot to flatten and adding stress to other parts of the foot. As a result, over pronation often leads to Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Metatarsalgia, and/or Bunions.

There are many causes of flat feet. Obesity, pregnancy or repetitive pounding on a hard surface can weaken the arch leading to over pronation. Often people with flat feet do not experience discomfort immediately, and some never suffer from any discomfort at all. However, when symptoms develop and become painful, walking becomes awkward and causes increased strain on the feet and calves.

Plantar Fasciitis

The I-ROC sole is a revolutionary new outsole which was specifically designed to help people with plantar fasciitis, pain in the knees and lower back. The sole does this by naturally aligning the feet, knees and standing posture of the lower extremities which it achieves due to the sole’s design characteristics.

First we must explain what plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and pronation are:

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common condition of heel pain. This condition occurs when the long fibrous plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears in the tissue resulting in pain and inflammation. The pain of plantar fasciitis is usually located close to where the fascia attaches to the calcaneous, also known as the heel bone.

Plantar fasciitis causes the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament which runs along the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia ligament is made of fibrous bands of tissue and runs between the heel bone and your toes and stretches with every step. Inflammation develops when tears occur in the tissue.

The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot. Most sufferers will be able to feel it in the morning because the fascia ligament tightens up during the night while we sleep, causing pain to diminish. However, when we climb out of bed and place pressure on the ligament, it becomes taut and pain is particularly acute. Pain usually decreases as the tissue warms up, but may easily return again after long periods of standing or weight bearing, physical activity, or after getting up after long periods of lethargy or sitting down.

There are a number of plantar fasciitis causes. The plantar fascia ligament is like a rubber band and loosens and contracts with movement. It also absorbs significant weight and pressure -- therefore, repetitive strenuous physical activity is a major cause.

Another common cause of plantar fasciitis is arthritis. Certain types of arthritis can cause inflammation to develop in tendons, resulting in plantar fasciitis. This cause is particularly common among elderly patients. Diabetes is also a factor that can contribute to further heel pain and damage, particularly among the elderly.

The most common factor that contributes to plantar fasciitis is wearing incorrect shoes. In many cases, shoes either do not fit properly or provide inadequate support or cushioning. While walking or exercising in improper shoes, like most dress and high heeled shoes, weight distribution becomes impaired, and significantly stress can be added to the plantar fascia ligament when not supported adequately.

Supination

Supination, also known as underpronation, is the opposite of pronation where the feet don't roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.

Dimensions & Effects: The sole confirms in general to the lasted upper (I-ROC last with the upper lasted on it). It does, however, have special dimensions that give it the 3D shape on the top and the bottom. This special geometry enables the sole to perform like corrective footwear addressing all of the problems mentioned above.

Pressure points: Due to the shape of the sole, the foot experiences pressure in the arch and the toe areas. There is also some pressure exerted under the big toe when the foot has been extended (step taken forward). This unique method of applying the pressure under the arch aligns the arch area and thus helps in reducing or sometimes completely eliminating plantar fasciitis. Walking with the I-ROC shoe is similar to walking barefoot on sand.

Tarsal Tunnel

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) is compression neuropathy and a painful foot condition in which the tibial nerve is impinged and compressed as it travels through the tarsal tunnel. The tarsal tunnel is made up of bone on the inside and the flexor retinaculum on the outside.

People with this condition complain typically of numbness in the foot, radiating to the big toe and the first 3 toes, pain, burning, electrical sensations, and tingling over the base of the foot and the heel.

 

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