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Common Foot-Related Ailments

We offer a wide range of information about various conditions and symptoms that may benefit from the wearing of Step Forward Orthotics. This information is of a general nature and not necessarily applicable in any particular situation. The information may have errors and omissions.

Heel Pain

If you experience terrible pain under the heel when you first step from bed in the morning, or rise from a chair, then you probably have plantar fasciitis. This is a chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure that passes from the heel to forefoot. The inflammation is caused by the fascia partially pulling away from the heel. Heel spurs (calcium deposits) may then form. Most treatments are for the symptom. Our orthotics develop the muscles and correct the cause of the condition.


An inherited way of standing and walking can push the big toe across towards (and crowding) the other toes. Calcium builds up at the joint to form an ugly lump. A straight flexible toe is important for balance. Using our orthotics and a simple exercise, many people have successfully straightened their bunions without surgery!


In this condition, the middle of the toe rises up and the tip of the toe points down. It is nearly always associated with a dropped transverse arch (too much pressure under the ball of the foot). Our orthotics reduce the pressure under the ball of the foot and, with a gentle exercise, many people have found relief and slow progressive correction.


Also known as Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia or neuropathy  it is a feeling of burning, numbness or pain in the forefoot, frequently starting between the 3rd and 4th toes. It develops when the nerve between two metatarsal heads is pinched and bruised. It is frequently associated with a dropped transverse arch, tight shoes or repeated jolts to the forefoot. Our orthotics raise this arch, eliminate the pinching and can alleviate the condition.

Ankles & Knees

Knees and ankles are hinge joints. If the foot pronates (tilts inward) or supinates (rolls out) as you walk, your ankles and  knees are going to suffer undue wear and tear. Correct support of the medial and lateral arches can bring immediate relief to these joints. Most orthotics have medial arch support, but very few have significant lateral arch support. Step Forward supports all three arches.

Lower Back

Lumbar pain is very common, and much of it is a direct result of poor posture. With correct posture a single vertical line will intersect the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and ears. The moment you stand on Step Forward Orthotics you will immediately feel your posture improve.


This is generally felt as a pain down the outside of the legs. People who have both a lower back condition and who hyperpronate are more likely to develop sciatica.
Pelvic Alignment: A wide range of problems can result if the pelvis is tilted or rotated. Examples include apparent leg length difference, scoliosis or pain in the lower back, hips or thighs. Many therapists have reported good results in correction of these problems simply by the use of Step Forward Orthotics.

Calluses and Corns

Calluses (usually under the ball of the foot or under the heel) are the result of too much pressure. Corns are more localised hard lumps (usually around the toes) due to pressure and rubbing. Both conditions can be expected to improve  when wearing Step Forward Orthotics.

Other Conditions

Over the years (since 1974) we’ve had testimonials from customers and doctors about an incredibly long list of conditions. You are welcome to ask about conditions not mentioned here.

Medical Advice

Symptoms can be due to a wide range of causes. Only a qualified medical practitioner can diagnose your condition. This brochure explains how Step Forward Orthotics can be helpful in many situations, but must not be taken as medical advice.

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