Orthotic Research

equilibras™ produced statistically significant less medial arch drop as well as statistically less rearfoot distortion then the alternatives (barefoot & standard flip-flops) tested.

Q: Apparently you are also currently analysing results from an orthotic study! Can you tell us anything of those preliminary findings?

A: Yes we have also undertaken a study to examine the orthotic effects of equilibras™ on the foot distortion resulting from static weight bearing. In particular we looked at medial arch compression and the rearfoot distortion and compared the results to barefoot and standard flat sole flip-flops with non-weightbearing measurements as reference.

Q: What can you tell from your initial analysis so far?

A: If you remember from the neurological testing both the barefoot and standard flip-flops performed almost equally as bad. In this study it was interesting to notice, bare feet on a hard flat surface were suffering from an exaggerated medial arch drop (a component of foot pronation and shock absorption) whilst standard flip-flops produced a  more exaggerated rear foot distortion (another component of foot pronation and shock absorption).

Q: And equilibras?

A: equilibras™ produced statistically significant less medial arch drop as well as statistically less rearfoot distortion then the alternatives (barefoot & standard flip-flops) tested.

Q: How do you interpret these results?

A: So far without having finished the full evaluation of this project, there are two sensible explanations for these results: The invisible orthotic contour with the upper soft layer of equilibras™ are providing orthotic support and shock absorption all at once reducing the need for foot distortion. The neural effect of the uncertainty/certainty principle mentioned in the neurological research increases muscular support, thus reducing weightbearing distortion.