Why wear a rocker sole shoe? Why have a shoe with a rocker sole added to it? Important questions as both can give you Happy Feet!
In making a rocker sole pedorthically one considers range of motion of the ankle, foot and or toes; pain which may be in the toes, the forefoot or ankle; threat of ulceration; stability. Rocker soles influence the roll of the shoe and hence how one walks. The rocker sole enables the pedorthist to put stress on or off particular foot or body parts. The rocker soled shoe can then be used in conjunction with rigid or accommodative foot orthotics and physiotherapy to reduce conditions such as forefoot pain, plantar fasciitis and tight calves.
The apex line is the line which determines the instant the shoe rolls and in what direction.
The height of the sole affects what one can achieve with the rocker sole. There is less rolling and more flexibility in the shoe when the modification is made with a thinner sole.
The hardness or softness of the material used to make a rocker sole modification can render the rocker to be more or less rigid in turn affecting the health outcomes. A carbon fibre plate can be used to make a rocker sole more rigid which is an advantage against it’s disadvantage which is that more weight is added to the shoe.
The convexity strength of the curve affects the roll of the shoe. In walking the wearer with shoes with almost no convexity tend to “slap” the ground” at times you can see and certainly hear the difference in gait pattern between the left and right foot.
Heel pitch is about the relationship between the height of the heel to the forefoot. With less pitch there is less pressure on
So what at the benefits of making a rocker sole modification or buying a prefabricated rocker sole shoe?
Many clients require a rocker bottom to be made on a shoe which fits the foot. The shoe has to be the correct length, width and depth for the wearer and many prefabricated rocker soles simply do not come in a range of width and depth options as there are available in the broader pedorthic range of footwear. Medically the pedorthist can cater for the specific health needs of the client by making a rocker sole on a shoe appropriate to the foot and the activity. In making the rocker one has to consider issues such balance, plantar pressure, pain, and offloading in the context of the broader health issues such as neuropathy and arthritis.
I received a referral once for a rocker sole for 87 year old who walked with the aid of walker. A frail walker with arthiritis – the pedorthic outcome in this case was well fitting light and soft shoes of correct length width and depth which gave cushioning, support and comfort without a rocker, keeping her safe in less pain!
The MBT shoes are a training device that can be applied in your daily life activities.
The MBT shoe has a unique technology: the patented curved sole creates a natural instability and imitates walking on soft, uneven surfaces. The pivot axis promotes a rolling movement, which in turn may help increase lower limb muscle activation in your every step.
At Happy Feet Pedorthics we have the New MBT range with the option of 3 levels of rock – activate, dynamic or performance. If you want to roll the performance is the one for you, or if you are just beginning on the rocker sole journey the activate rock may be the one, but many move straight to the dynamic level. But remember we need to make sure the MBT options will fit your feet first and then assess the MBT in the light of your overall health.
An information night for referrers is to be held: The MBT Rock – Professional Development opportunity for referrers on
Wednesday November 23 2016 at Happy Feet Pedorthics Presented by Jodi Lancaster from MBT. 6 to 9 pm RSVP required
Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU