With every step we take, our musculoskeletal system adapts to accommodate the movements. It’s not until there’s something askew that we notice the pattern becomes disturbed.
Whether it’s a bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament issue, when the foot is unnaturally hitting the ground, it can alter the mechanics further up into the ankle, lower leg, knee, and even the hip. It may be immediate or over years, but pain often follows.
But what if one simple heel wedge insert could alter the position of the foot and relieve the pain? The Warwick Wedge™does just that. These over-the-counter orthotic heel wedges are designed with a 4-degree angle to correct misalignment of the foot when it hits the ground. By correcting the placement of the foot, it can help with four types of issues:
This occurs when the ankle rolls too far inward with each step. People with low arches, flat feet, or highly flexible feet often suffer from this condition. While the foot naturally rolls inward while walking, when it rolls more than 15% from a relaxed position, the strain on the surrounding muscles and joints can lead to fatigue, plantar fasciitis, or arch collapse.
Also called “oversupination,” this is when the foot rolls too far outward when coming down to flat surface. The ankle, knee, and hip follow the inward roll of the foot causing pain and issues from the heel (heel spurs), foot (Achilles tendinitis), and up into the knee and hip ( IT Band syndrome) areas. Those who have high arches, tight Achilles tendons, or wear unsupportive shoes risk underpronation. People who underpronate often experience an increase in sprains and progressive weakening of the ligaments.
A Varus deformity is essentially an inward angulation of the distal segment of a bone or a joint. Varus knee is a condition that’s commonly referred to as Genu Verum. Over time, untreated Varus knee can cause joint pain, especially when walking. It also causes unusual wear and tear on the cartilage in your knee, which can lead to osteoarthritis. If left untreated, ankle varus can lead to chronic ankle instability and can cause some people to be bowlegged.
A Valgus deformity is a condition in which the bone segment distal to a joint is angled outward. Valgus knee, commonly referred to as Genu Valgus, makes some people knock-kneed. Valgus is a misalignment turning your knees inward. It happens when your tibia turns outward in relation to your femur. If left untreated, Valgus knees can cause pain and problems in functioning. One study even found that adults with Valgus knees are at greater risk of developing osteoarthritis.
How can the Warwick Wedge™ help?
The Warwick Wedge™ is placed in the shoe to help angle your heel in the right direction to correct your Varus, Valgus, or pronation, essentially “leveling” your foot when it hits the ground. Its reversible design allows it to fit in either shoe. That means there’s no need for a specific medial heel insert or lateral heel insert. Simply flip the insert so the higher edge is placed under the area of the foot that is rolling in or out. It also comes in three sizes so every patient can find the perfect fit. The firm yet lightweight foam is hypoallergenic and latex-free.