Enhancing Your Pilates Practice with Naboso Technology

As a former gymnast and now aerialist, I greatly appreciate the methodology and progressive programming of Pilates.  Centered around deep core engagement and postural alignment, Pilates focuses on proper form and technique during every exercise execution.  

 Founded by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920s, Pilates was developed through Joseph’s personal movement experience, his work with World War I vets and his training under Rudolph Laban.  In 1923 Joseph Pilates opened his first Pilates Studio in New York City which quickly became a favorite practice for dancers.    

 Classical, Contemporary, Fletcher, Stott…..today the variations in Pilates methodology are vast but the core foundation of mind body connection, breath to pelvic floor, postural alignment and grace are all integrated into each method.    

 With the evolution of every methodology comes the opportunity for innovation to enter the room!  Innovation of new apparatuses.  Innovation of new exercises.   And innovation of new ways to stimulate the nervous system. 

Enter the World of Sensory Science 

 With the launch of Naboso™ Technology in 2017, our proprioceptive material has quickly become popular among the Pilates community.   Allowing students to better connect to their foundation (foot) translates to a powerful connection to body and breath.    

Since movement is built around sensory connections – both internally and externally – it was only a matter of time until sensory science began to be integrated into the Pilates Studio.    

At Naboso™ Technology we have several products and opportunities for Pilates Practitioners to enhance their student practice through specific placement of our textured, proprioceptive product line. 

Enhancing the Jumpboard Experience 

The Pilates Jumpboard offers the unique opportunity to bring dynamic movement and impact into the Pilates Practice.    Integrating Jumpboard exercises also allow for an opportunity to train proper foot placement and landing techniques that are built around foot to core sequencing.  

The Naboso Training Mat can be placed over the Jumpboard allowing for enhanced integration into dynamic exercises.

The Naboso Training Mat can be placed over the Jumpboard allowing for enhanced integration into dynamic exercises.

By integrating the Naboso™ Standing Mat or Naboso™ Training Mat onto the Jumpboard students are able to sense the foot / board relationship much faster, allowing for a smoother landing technique.   In addition, since efficient movements are built around the anticipation of the ground – or in this case the Jumpboard – the textured surface allows for faster neuro activation.   

Enhancing the Footbar Experience

Proper foot placement and foot strength is further emphasized and trained on the Pilates footbar.  Again this offers a great opportunity to integrate the Naboso™ textured material.   Some of our Pilates Practitioners have been using the Naboso™ Standing Mat around the bar or we also have our raw material available for sale.   

Available in 3mm thick sheets a studio can purchase a 2’ x 5’ sheet for only $85 USD. Please contact orders@nabosotechnology.com for information on sheets of our material.

Enhancing other Pilates Apparatuses  

The opportunity to enhance foot (or hand) stimulation through a Pilates session is not just limited to the Reformer.   The Naboso™ Material can be integrated into all Pilates Apparatuses and is only limited by your creativity.    Below you can see how some of our Pilates Practitioners use the Naboso™ Mats with their clients. 

Photo Credit:  Roots of Integrity - Chicago, IL - www.roiholisticfitness.com

Photo Credit: Roots of Integrity - Chicago, IL - www.roiholisticfitness.com

Photo Credit:  Cynthia Bahmani | Bay Area, CA

Photo Credit: Cynthia Bahmani | Bay Area, CA

Photo Credit:  Jakarta City Centre Pilates | Jakarta, Indonesia www.jakartacitycentrepilates.com

Photo Credit: Jakarta City Centre Pilates | Jakarta, Indonesia www.jakartacitycentrepilates.com

Enhancing the Pilates Mat Workout 

 Last but not least, Naboso™ Technology can also be integrated within a group setting. Our Naboso™ Mind Body Mat is 6.5mm thick which provides enough cushioning for floorwork but incudes the added sensory stimulation.

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Bring Naboso To Your Studio

In honor of our expanding outreach within the Pilates community we are offering a special 15% off deal on all Naboso™ Mats and Material. Enter code PILATES

Valid though Sunday July 21, 2019

Are you using Naboso™ Technology in a creative way? Share with us and we could feature you on our Instagram or Facebook pages!

Looking to get more than 1 mat? We offer bulk pricing on all orders of 10 Mats or more. Contact orders@nabosotechnology.com for wholesale pricing.

How to Manage Foot Pain During Pregnancy

Foot pain is one of those frustrating health conditions that can be difficult to combat. Between plantar fasciitis, bunions and fallen arches, there’s a never-ending stream of causes of foot pain.

Many pregnant women experience foot pain especially as they enter the third trimester. Contrary to common belief, simply “dealing with it” is not the correct answer! Painful, swollen feet, arch pain, and restless leg syndrome are all common causes of foot pain in pregnant women.

If you or your loved one are suffering from foot pain during pregnancy, this article is for you. Below, we'll break down some of the common causes of foot pain during pregnancy and present several practical treatment options.

Common Causes of Foot Pain During Pregnancy

#1 - Weight Gain

Weight gain during pregnancy is natural and completely expected. Women of average weight can expect to gain upwards of twenty to thirty pounds, whereas underweight women can expect to gain even more. Overweight women can expect to gain around fifteen pounds.

Weight gain can contribute to foot pain due to the increased plantar pressure, especially to the ball of the foot. A 2001 study by Goldberg et al. showed that pressure during walking shifted towards to front of the foot to help offset the increasing shift in center of gravity. In addition floor contact times increased, indicating a progressively slower walking speed, both of which can contribute to foot pain.

#2 - Swelling + Edema

Edema is puffiness and swelling caused by excess fluid buildup in the body. Pregnant women most often experience edema in their ankles and feet. It is quite common for women to experience edema during pregnancy — more than three-quarters of pregnant women suffer from it — and it can begin during the second trimester. 

Edema occurs due to the body’s need to produce additional fluids for both the woman and the baby. During pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more fluids than it does normally. Increased blood flow and fluid pressure in the lower extremities may lead to fluid retention (and buildup) in the ankles and feet.

While uncomfortable, edema is typically not a serious medical issue. Mild edema (light to moderate swelling) is normal and is not a cause for concern for most pregnant women. It’s important to note that if the swelling continues to worsen (or spreads beyond the feet and ankles), you should contact your physician.

#3 - Relaxin Hormone

Pregnancy impacts every aspect of a woman’s body, including hormones. Hormones are ‘signaling molecules’ (chemical messengers) that regulate bodily functions. Think of hormones as the couriers that tell the body what to do in order to prepare for the pregnancy.

One of the most well known hormones associated with pregnancy is relaxin. Relaxin appears in large quantities during the first trimester and continues to increase as birth approaches. Like all other hormones secreted into the bloodstream due to pregnancy, Relaxin has a unique role to play. Unsurprisingly, Relaxin is true to its name and helps the body loosen up. Specifically, Relaxin ‘relaxes’ the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments of the body. 

Relaxin plays an important role in childbirth. This hormone causes the ligaments in the pelvis and cervix to loosen, widen, and soften in preparation for the coming birth. Unfortunately for many pregnant women, Relaxin is a little overzealous in its approach. This hormone doesn’t just soften and loosen the pelvis and cervix: it impacts the entire body - including the feet!

Relaxin weakens and softens the supportive structures in your feet. If you have ever heard women complain that their feet grew a size after pregnancy - this is why! As you gain weight during pregnancy, that increased weight bears down on your arches. Relaxin weakens these already-stressed structures and contributes to their collapse.

Treatment Options for Foot Pain During Pregnancy

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#1 - Release Feet Daily

As much as you’d like to get off your feet, life is never so easy. One of the most effective ways to treat (or rather avoid) foot pain during pregnancy is a daily 5 minute foot release.

One of our favorite products for the daily foot release is the RAD Rounds by RAD Roller This self foot release is a fantastic way to release the tight muscles that make up the arches of your feet. Massage does more than simply feel good: it improves blood flow, stimulates muscles, and reduces soreness.

Click HERE to note how to perform the 5 minute foot release:

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#2 - Arch Supports

Even if we prefer to be #barefootstrong when we are not pregnant, the unique stresses placed on the body (especially during the third trimester) may actually require the need for arch supports. Mommy Steps offers, as their name implies, a series of insoles aimed specifically at pregnant women. Their MommySteps™ Maternity Insoles provide a perfect blend of arch support and general foot comfort.

Unlike other insoles on the market, Maternity Insoles stress arch support above all else. When it comes to foot pain from pregnancy, the vast majority of problems arise from increased stress to the ligaments that support the medial arch. With MommySteps™ Maternity Insoles, you will be able to support your arches from the very beginning of your pregnancy.

Even better, the company offers a mix of different insoles designed for common situations. For example, Maternity Insoles designed the Athletic & Active Insole specifically for pregnant women who are out and about in runners, trainers, and hiking boots. The Casual & Flats Insole fits perfectly inside your loafers, Toms, flats, and similar footwear.


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#3 - Textured Insoles

Naboso™ Insoles are specially-designed insoles that target the nerves located at the bottom of the feet. Stimulation of the plantar foot leads to contraction and activation of the small muscles of the feet making them stronger. The stronger the muscles of the feet, the more they can resist the increasing stress of pregnancy.

Naboso Technology offers a range of different insoles for people with varying needs. The Naboso 1.0 Textured Insole, for example, is ideal for someone new to a barefoot or minimal footwear lifestyle. For someone with more experience in the world of barefoot footwear, the Naboso 1.5 is a better choice. Lastly, for anyone looking to enhance their neuro-rehabilitation program, the Naboso Neuro is an excellent choice.

Regardless of the specific product chosen, all Naboso Insoles offer a great way to keep foot pain at bay by stimulating and massaging the feet on a daily basis. An added bonus is that all Naboso Insoles are thin enough to be placed on top of a arch support. So our vote is to combine the benefits of Maternity Insoles + Naboso Textured Insoles!

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#4 - Topical Magnesium Oil

This is one of our favorite treatment options for the end of the day. Magnesium plays an important role in many bodily functions. This naturally-occurring mineral is responsible for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body. In the context of pregnancy, magnesium is vital for muscle and nerve health. This means topical magnesium may also play an important role in reducing muscle cramps and restless leg syndrome.

Using topic magnesium oil is simple. Most magnesium oils come in a simple spray bottle: simply apply the oil to your feet and legs before bed. Research has shown best absorption is actually through the bottom of the feet and provides the added benefit of enhancing sleep.

A side note is that if you find the magnesium oil itches, it can be washed off after 15 minutes.

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#5 - Belly Band Support

How does belly band / pelvis support relate to foot pain? The alignment of our pelvis and stability of our core muscles greatly impacts the pressure and forces that go through our feet.

By using a belly band the ligaments of our pelvis are supported taking stress off of the lower back and abdomen during pregnancy. These flexible support garments may provide many benefits to active women who are pregnant, especially during the second and third trimesters.

What’s the Takeaway?

Painful feet during pregnancy is an (unfortunately) normal occurrence that impacts many women. If you suffer from painful feet, consider the treatment options discussed in this article. You may benefit from topical magnesium oil, Naboso Technology Insoles, regular tissue release via massage, or arch supportive footwear.

As a general rule, do not pursue active weight loss during pregnancy and always consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.






















The Best Standing Desk Mats to Avoid Foot Pain

Giving the problem this nation has had with issues such as obesity, standing desks were created as a means of combating the overly sedentary lifestyle associated with various career paths and positions. Unfortunately what came along with the shift from seated to standing, was a myriad of foot-related problems from too much standing.

One solution to this problem is the standing desk mat. Although finding the best standing mat can be a tedious task, it is well worth the effort. This article will include some of our favorite recommendations based off of quality, features and efficacy in reducing foot pain.

The Benefits of Standing Desks and Standing Desk Mats

Before we take a look at some of the best standing desk mats on the market, let's take a look at some of the benefits of using a standing desk mat:

•         Reduce Back Pain- Although back pain is typically correlated with being overweight, aging, etc. it can also be caused by sitting in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. For those who sit at a desk daily, you could be at an increased risk of developing severe back pain later in life. However, by using a standing desk and a premium mat, you will not have to worry about being forced to sit in uncomfortable chairs and positions, thusly, reducing the development of back pain.

•         Reduce the Risk of Obesity- Since you burn more calories while standing than sitting, a standing desk can also reduce the risk of becoming obese. When coupled with a standing desk mat, you can comfortably stand at your desk for hours on end.

•         Increased Productivity- Given that you won't have to worry about back pain, sleeping limbs, and other issues, using a standing desk and mat can also help boost productivity. Integrating a mat that provides foot stimulation has also shown to enhancing creativity and brain stimulation.

The Best Standing Desk Mats to Avoid Foot Pain

Now that we've reviewed the benefits of standing desk mats, let's look at some of your top options:

ECOLAST STANDING DESK MAT | WWW.IMOVR.COM

Known for being one of the most comfortable, secure standing mats money can buy Ecolast Standing Mats are certainly worth the investment. Made with anti-slip technology (which makes it possible for the mat to stay in one spot, regardless of pressure or subtle movements), this mat is ideal for those who work at standing desks, but may get a tad antsy from time to time. Also, made with 100% Polyurethane Technology, these premium mats are incredibly durable, making them last for years on end.

FLUIDSTANCE - THE ORGINAL | WWW.FLUIDSTANCE.COM

Known for being "the coolest thing to ever happen to the standing desk", Fluid Stance Standing Desk Mats come in an array of designs. A balance board for your standing desk, Fluid Stance standing mats were created to withstand large amounts of weight and come in a variety of colors.A design that was create to promote natural movement of the body, these mats help to burn calories, soothe stiff joints, and much more.

NABOSO STANDING MAT | WWW.NABOSOTECHNOLOGY.COM

A unique standing desk mat made from patent-pending material, the Naboso Standing Mat is a true gem. With its patent-pending textural design and 6.5 mm of thickness these mats naturally stimulate the soles of your feet, making them ideal for those who work barefoot.

TOPO MAT BY ERGODRIVEN | WWW.ERGODRIVEN.COM

Highly revered as one of the top standing desk brands on the market, many people favor Topo Mats because they allow for hand-free positioning, promote healthy, dynamic standing, and more. Made from premium material, environmentally-conscious polyurethane, Topo Mats are also engineered especially to provide cushion and support.

Overall, there are plenty of high-quality standing desk mats on the market. However, this list if comprised of some of your top options. No matter if you prefer to stand in one place, stretch, or even move around while working, you are bound to find a great option for your needs on this list. Moreover, all of these mats are made from premium materials, which makes them a worthy investment for the long-term. Either way, be sure to do a bit of research before deciding which one works best for you.







Lateral Foot Pain? What is it and how to address it

If you feel pain alongside the outer edge of your foot, you're experiencing what's known as lateral foot pain. This is a common issue triggered by walking, running, and other activities. Lateral foot pain is often accompanied by instability, tenderness, swelling, and even difficulty moving around. If you are suffering from it, it's important to know what's causing it and how to address it.

What Is Lateral Foot Pain?

Foot pain of any sort can be demobilizing to some degree. It's not something you can ignore when moving around, and if moderate or severe, you might continue to experience discomfort even when you're not on your feet.

Any pain running along the outer edge of your foot and ankle is technically considered "lateral foot pain" and is more of a term used to describe a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Various things can cause lateral foot pain, and you'll likely find that it's worse during and after activities like walking and running.

Depending on which part of your foot is actually affected by the pain, you might also experience a number of other symptoms. For instance, pain on the outer edge of your foot generally extends up the ankle and even partially up the shin. The pain can also result in instability, tenderness, and trouble walking.

If you have lateral foot pain, you may find yourself more susceptible to ankle sprains and you might even experience swelling in your foot and/or ankle. If severe, you might experience unbearable discomfort just from standing on the affected foot.

Common Causes of Lateral Foot Pain

Lateral foot pain can result from many different conditions. Here are some of the most common.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are incredibly common, and if you recently twisted your ankle, your lateral foot pain is likely a result of that. In fact, 85% of people with a sprained ankle report lateral foot pain. The lateral foot pain associated with an ankle sprain is typically higher up towards the ankle itself versus the foot.

Arthritis

For those with aging joints, lateral foot pain is a common side effect of arthritis when it begins to affect the joints of the foot and ankle. There are different types of arthritis but the most common is osteoarthritis. Your Podiatrist would be able to determine if your lateral foot pain is due to arthritis through and Xray.

Bunions

Another common cause of lateral foot pain is the presence of bunions on your feet. Bunions are actually a defect to the bones themselves. If you have bunions, you'll find that your large toe will rotate inwards, causing it to point towards your smaller toes instead of straight out. This causes pain when you put weight onto your foot.

Lateral pain is a side effect of bunions because many people who have bunions tend to walk in a way that avoids the big toe joint increasing stress to the outside edge of the foot. Eventually, this leads to lateral foot pain because of the unequal distribution of weight.

Peroneal Tendonitis

The peroneal muscles and tendons run from the outer lower leg, behind the outside ankle bone and insert or take a turn around the lateral side of your foot. Peroneal tendonitis is a condition where stress to these tendons exceeds that of tissue recovery which can lead to lateral foot pain.

This condition is most common amongst people who run often or otherwise put the tendon under frequent and repeat stress. Overusing the tendon through habitual or occupational activities (like repeat squatting and wearing high heels) can also lead to this condition.

How to Treat Lateral Foot Pain

The exact treatment for lateral foot pain depends on the cause. For that reason, it is best to get a diagnosis from a foot and ankle specialist. For instance, in the case of Peroneal Tendonitis, a timely diagnosis won't just help you heal, it will help prevent the condition from worsening.

When it comes to a cause like bunions, these are often associated with foot type which means a consultation on foot type and the possible role of foot strengthening or orthotics may be important. Failing to give your feet proper support is a huge risk factor for lateral foot pain along with other types of pain and injury.

If you are suffering from lateral foot pain, here's a look at your options for both short-term and long-term relief.

Short-Term Relief

As with most instances of pain, the quickest remedy to lateral foot pain is to get off your foot and allow it to rest. Remember the RICE method, which calls for you to Rest the foot, Ice the foot, Compress the foot, and Elevate the foot.

If your lateral foot pain is mild, you can also try over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort. This should also help reduct any swelling and inflammation.

While these solutions provide short-term relief, they don't fix the issue and most cases of lateral foot pain will not go away on their own. Rather, you need to diagnose the underlying condition and address it in order to find long-term relief.

Long-Term Relief and Prevention

The underlying conditions that cause lateral foot pain typically start very gradually and worsen with time if they go untreated. This is why getting a professional diagnosis should be your first step in finding relief. However, certain genetics or activities may require you to pursue preventative methods as well to ensure you don't experience lateral foot pain in the future.

With poor footwear being a major cause for multiple conditions that link to lateral foot pain, considering the role of a textured insole is an essential preventative measure that you should take.

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Textured Insoles for Lateral Foot Pain

If you are searching for a way to address and prevent lateral foot pain in the long term, look no further than textured insoles. Specifically, consider Naboso Textured Insoles.

Dr Emily Splichal founded Naboso Technology to produce textured insoles that improve medical conditions, general wellness, and athletic performance. Dr Splichal is not only a Podiastrist, she is also a Human Movement Specialist and a leader of Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation. Using her knowledge, she continues to pursue surface science.

Naboso Insoles are a result of Dr Splichal's continuous effort to develop shoe inserts that not only support the arch and heel but also stimulate the plantar proprioceptors. The plantar proprioceptors are the nerves in the skin on the bottom of the foot.

Naturally, these plantar proprioceptors require stimulation in order to send messages to the nervous system so your body can respond accordingly to the load you're placing on your feet.

However, when you wear any type of footwear, these nerves get blocked and stimulation gets limited. In turn, your nervous system only receives delayed messages and that leads to loss of balance, inefficient movement, and joint pain overtime. This is why Naboso Textured Insoles work to stimulate the plantar proprioceptors as you walk.

Why Wear Textured Insoles?

There are many benefits to wearing textured insoles that go beyond a standard shoe insert. The unique texture pattern on Naboso Insoles work in an incredible way thanks to advancements in 3D kinematics and surface EMG. Texture research and surface science back the design, not only working to improve your balance and gait patterns, but also allowing you to enjoy all the other benefits of a high-quality insert.

Insoles Treat Various Conditions

Specialists actually recommend textured insoles to patients as a means of treating a number of different conditions that affect the foot or result from poor foot support. These include great toe pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and lower back pain.

Additionally, specific conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures can also directly benefit from wearing textured insoles within your shoes. Of course, remember that it's important to get a diagnosis from a professional. Once you have your diagnosis, you can work together to build an effective treatment plan, which will likely include textured insoles.

Evenly Distribute Your Weight

With proper weight distribution, textured insoles can help you overcome foot pain associated with a variety of issues. By evenly distributing your weight, they can also help you address corns and bunions. Additionally, the even weight distribution helps to address a low arch while protecting your entire body and joints from the stresses of walking, running, and other activities.

Protect Your Body from Impact

The weight distribution, proper support, and cushioning of a textured insole all work together to help protect your body from the impacts of your lifestyle and activities. You will also experience enhanced comfort as you participate in various movements, which can help you get more active and stay active for longer without letting pain stand in the way.

If you take your time, you can surely find a pair of insoles to help with your lateral foot pain and other sources of discomfort. When fit properly, Naboso Insoles are extremely comfortable and provide the perfect amount of foot awareness and impact protection for every type of lifestyle.

Interested in learning more? Visit NabosoTechnology.com.

Foot Numbness and How Enhanced Sensory Stimulation Can Manage It

A lack of sensation in your foot could signal that something is affecting your peripheral nerves.  Now the culprit may be as simple as nerve compression from poor posture or tight shoes, or it could signify a much larger cause requiring medical evaluation.   Many disorders can have paresthesia (the medical term for “numbness”) as a symptom which means that if you have an underlying medical condition, you best speak to your doctor.

What Is Foot Numbness?

The term “foot numbness” may mean different things to different people. Numbness in the foot could refer to the following:

  • An abnormal feeling

  • Loss of sensitivity

  • A pins-and-needles sensation

  • Prickling

  • Tingling

In general, foot numbness means an abnormal sensation in the foot. The medical term for distorted sensation is paresthesia.

To understand paresthesia, you need to know a little about how the nervous system works.  It’s made up of the central nervous system and peripheral nerves.  The peripheral nerves branch off of the spinal cord and travel in the arms and legs finding sensory stimulation that is then communicated with the sensory cortex of the brain.  This is the region of the brain that processes sensory information and then uses it to create motor responses.

Foot numbness is very common, affecting up to 7 percent of adults in the United States. That’s about 16 million people. Many of these individuals have diabetes, which is the leading cause of foot numbness. But there are many other causes of paresthesia.

Causes of Foot Numbness

Some types of paresthesia appear suddenly. Others are progressive meaning they get worse with time. Foot numbness can be temporary, lasting as little as a few minutes, like when your “foot is asleep.” Or foot numbness can be permanent. This can happen when the cause of nerve damage is a chronic medical condition.

Foot numbness itself is not life threatening but it can be dangerous in the sense that it changes the balance and stability of the individual.   When you can’t feel your feet touch the ground walking can become difficult, and driving impossible.

Here are some of the most common causes of foot numbness:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy.  About one in two people with diabetes has nerve damage (neuropathy). One of the hallmark symptoms of diabetic neuropathy is foot numbness.

  • Multiple Sclerosis. Numbness in the limbs is a typical symptom of multiple sclerosis which may or may not also be associated with foot drop.

  • Pinched nerve. If a nerve has suffered damage or injury from stretching, compression, or constriction (“pinching”), you may get foot numbness. Other symptoms include pain, tingling, and a pins-and-needles sensation.

  • Peripheral neuropathy.This condition affects the peripheral nerves due to chemotherapy treatment, nutritional deficiency or idiopathy (autoimmune) causes.

  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome. It’s a rare disorder that affects about one in 100,000 people each year. The symptoms include foot numbness and pain, as well as weakness and loss of reflexes.

  • Fibromyalgia.  More than 80 percent of people with fibromyalgia have paresthesia. Numbness in people with fibromyalgia is not usually limited to the foot. It affects other parts of the body, too.

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.This condition is associated with pain, burning sensation, numbness, tingling, and tightness in the sole of the foot.

  • Morton’s Neuroma.  Morton’s neuroma happens when the nerve tissue between the third and fourth toes thickens due to improper foot stabilization or restrictive footwear.  The symptoms of Morton’s neuroma begin gradually. They include numbness, tingling, and pain in the toes and ball of the foot.

Treatment of Foot Numbness

The choice of treatment for foot numbness depends on its cause. It’s wise to see a doctor if you get foot numbness from other causes than poor posture or tight shoes. If you also have pain, weakness, or other symptoms, speak to a doctor.

How to Treat Foot Numbness

There are many medical conditions that can cause paresthesia therefore it is wise to seek medical help to pinpoint the cause. To be able to make a diagnosis, your doctor will need to examine you and your medical history. Referral to a specialist may be necessary.

Once your doctor identifies the underlying cause of paresthesia, they’ll work on addressing it.  You may need to make changes to your diet, stop drinking alcohol, or you may need to take prescription drugs.

Medication for neuropathic pain includes antidepressants, antiepileptic medications, antispasmodics, and analgesics. You may also need to work with a specialist, like an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, or podiatrist.

Addressing of Foot Numbness with Enhanced Sensory Stimulation

Plantar foot sensory stimulation benefits anyone including those with foot numbness. Chronic foot numbness may lead to foot weakness and balance impairment which means reduced foot sensitivity can increase the risk of falls and injuries.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent loss of sensitivity: enhanced stimulation of the foot using textured insoles. Naboso Technology insoles are specifically designed to improve dynamic stability and mobility by stimulating the skin on the bottom of the feet.

The foot’s nerves are sensitive to stimuli like vibration, pressure, texture, and touch. They send this information to the central nervous system (sensory cortex), which uses it to control your balance and movement.   Wearing shoes blocks some of the stimulation the foot’s nerves receive which is an important considering especially in those who have existing foot numbness.

Textured insoles in your shoes can mimic the sensory stimulation of walking barefoot and help those living with foot numbness appreciate a new connection to their feet.

Benefits of Naboso Technology

Using Naboso Technology insoles has many benefits including:

  • Increased plantar foot sensory stimulation. This boosts the foot’s sensitivity and promotes nerve function.

  • Improved posture and balance. The more we are connected to our feet, the better our overall sense of body alignment.

  • Reduced fall risk.   This is again due to the improved connection with the foundation of our body – the feet.

Using textured insoles in your shoes is not the only way to enhance plantar foot stimulation. Naboso Technology has also integrated its textured material into training mats.  Exercising barefoot on a Naboso Technology Mat increases joint position sense and body awareness during rehab and training exercises.

Conclusion

Numbness of the foot, or paresthesia, is an abnormal sensation in the foot.  It happens when a nerve suffers injury, compression, or constriction.  The causes of foot numbness range from poor posture to chronic diseases. The treatment for foot numbness depends on its cause. But prevention is always better than treatment. Preventing foot numbness involves keeping the foot’s nerves healthy.

Using Naboso Technology insoles is an effective way to enhance the sensory stimulation of the foot. The added benefits are better balance, coordination, and mobility. Do you need help choosing your Naboso Technology insoles? Click here to learn about the graduated stimulation of our insoles

Enhance Standing Desk Benefits with the Naboso Standing Mat

If you have a desk job, chances are you sit too much during the day. In the past, that situation wasn't considered particularly healthy, but it was not thought to be actively harmful. However, recent research shows that sitting for extended periods can make you more likely to become obese and develop diabetes and heart disease. As a result, you can expect a shorter lifespan.

One effective way to combat this health problem is to switch up all that sitting and trade it in for standing. More employers are encouraging employees to use standing desks because of the health benefits of avoiding prolonged sitting. Enough research has been done to suggest that a standing desk can make a significant change to your health and your work productivity. The benefits are only enhanced when you add a standing desk mat.

Health Benefits

Standing instead of sitting does burn more calories an hour and also helps your blood sugar return to normal more quickly after eating. These changes are beneficial for everyone but particularly for those with type 2 diabetes. For years, researchers have said that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to heart disease and that standing helps to combat this health issue.

In addition, those with back and neck pain may benefit from using a standing desk, at least for part of the day. Studies have indicated that workers experienced less pain after just a few weeks of using a sit-stand desk.

Increased Productivity

According to a British study, workers who switched to standing desks reported increased productivity after a year. They also noted that they felt more "engaged" while in the workplace. The simple act of standing does keep people more alert and possibly able to function at a higher level than their seated counterparts. Also, if people perceive that the standing desk helps them be more productive, their work will likely reflect that belief. The standing desk benefits workers both physically and mentally.

Integrating a Standing Desk Mat

While standing is healthier than sitting, being on your feet for long periods each day can cause physical issues as well, such as lower back pain, varicose veins, and swollen feet. Your posture also contributes to these problems. Standing at work for any length of time also demands that you maintain an awareness of your foot posture, footwear and body alignment. Using the right standing mat can help optimize foot strength and posture when on your feet for long hours.

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Introducing the Naboso Standing Mat

The combination of a standing desk and the Naboso Standing Mat 1.5 increases your comfort and protects your health during the workday. Created with advanced, patent-pending material, this 21" x 24" standing desk mat does not intrude into your workspace. It provides the type of cushioning that your feet need to prevent pressure on your lower back, feet, and legs. Your feet won't grow tired easily, in part because the mat stimulates the bottom of your feet as you work, keeping your nervous system alert and fully functioning. You can also perform standing barefoot exercises that increase this all-important foot activation and help your feet recover at the end of a long day.

If you spend a significant part of your workday sitting down, you are inviting certain health problems that stem from a sedentary lifestyle. For many workers, using a standing desk for several hours a day can help prevent these issues, which include obesity, heart disease, back and neck pain, and diabetes. The standing desk is not a miracle cure, but using one is a positive step toward achieving good health, particularly if you protect your feet, legs, and back with a Naboso standing desk mat. The mat provides cushioning and foot stimulation that addresses these health issues while keeping you comfortable and alert. When you choose to stand during work, you are choosing to be healthier and more productive--improvements your employer should be happy to support.

Learn more about the Naboso Standing Mat HERE

The Best Insoles for Preventing Running-Related Injuries

What are the best insoles for running injury prevention?

The softer, the better, you might say.  But is extra cushioning actually the best approach for preventing injuries?

Recent research indicates that more cushioning in our shoes and insoles is actually not effective for preventing running-related injuries.

In fact, there’s evidence that too much cushioning may even increase the risk of injuries for runners.

In contrast, research has demonstrated that energy returning insoles and textured insoles may be the best way to go to better control ground impact forces.

This article suggests three of the best running insoles and how each may prevent running-related injuries. You’ll discover their benefits, features, and more. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be better informed to choose the best insoles for runners.

Firstly, do you even need running insoles?

No matter how much you spend on your running shoes, they more often than not seem to come with a cheap insole. Usually it’s just a thin sock liner that doesn’t add much comfort or support.  So a question that many runners ask is, “Do I even need insoles in my running shoes?”

The answer depends on several things. Let’s examine a couple of them.

Foot Type.

The need for running insoles is greatly dependent on foot-type and foot strength.  The most common foot types are high arch, neutral and flat foot.  These are intended to not be medical terminology but to get start a general idea of the various foot types and the impact of each.

The flat foot / low arch may often be associated with over-pronation or an unstable foot.   If this is your foot type then having a running insole may provide some necessary foot support and control.   Conversely, a high arched foot is typically a rigid foot and needs the opposite of support – mobilization.   A neutral foot sits in the middle which could go either way based on the runner’s mileage and injury history.

Mileage.

The second big question when considering running insoles has to do with the mileage.   Do you plan to run a couple miles at a time or are you pushing 10+ miles per session?   The further the run obviously the greater the stress on feet and lower legs.   We all hit a fatigue point with our muscles which means the longer the run potentially the greater the need for running insoles.

Injury History.

This is a big one as it helps to gauge general foot strength.    In those runner’s with a history of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and stress fractures they may have an increased susceptibility to running-related injuries.   Combine this with longer mileage and let’s say a flat foot or over-pronated foot, this is a recipe for needing running-related insoles.

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VKTRY Performance Insoles

Carbon-fiber insoles are one of the hottest trends in the performance industry.    This incredibly light weight yet strong material is suggested to provide greater energy return thereby improving a runner’s energetics.  An interesting study by Hoogkamer suggests that the plate’s spring function is actually negligible and that carbon fiber insoles actually work by stabilizing the ankle joint and reducing the load on the calves.  In addition, its stiffness helps keep runners’ toes nice and straight, allowing them to preserve the energy.   Check out vktrygear.com to learn more!

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ZELUS Olympus Arch Insoles

If foot type, mileage or injury history supports using an arch support in your running shoes you want to make sure you chose wisely.  Due to the dynamics of running, any insole in a running shoe should have some level of flex to it.   Running is all about balancing foot strength (or support) with energy return and moving harmoniously with the ground.   Any overly stiff insole can actually increase injury risk if it blocks all natural energy return from the ground.    The ZELUS Insole line provides innovative SmartCell design to better balance support and dynamics during running.  To learn more head to zelusinsoles.com

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NABOSO 1.5 Textured Insole

A completely flat, textured insole may seem counterintuitive to how an insole can reduce running related injuries, however the science is actually there.   Textured insoles, such as those by Naboso Technology work by strengthening the small muscles in the bottom of the foot, increasing joint stabilization, and reducing impact forces.  In addition, if users wear the Naboso 1.5 Insole post-run, it’s also a great way to speed up recovery.   To learn more head to nabosotechnology.com

Ready. Set. Go!

Running has many health benefits, but it also comes with a high risk of injury.  Every year, more than one in every two runners in the world suffers a running injury with most of them due to overuse, excessive training, and repetitive movement.

In addition to considering the above running-related insoles don’t forget to also include a proper warm-up, cooldown and sufficient cross training to total body strength.    You can learn more about preventing running-related injuries via the following program by myself and Stick Mobility – Run Injury Free! 

Three of the Best Ways to Strengthen Intrinsic Foot Muscles

Physical inactivity is becoming a greater risk around the world, affecting more adults than ever before. Modern lifestyle relies heavily on technology. The downside of it is that it’s no longer necessary to be active to earn a living.

But the good news is, modern technology backed by scientific research can enhance and support a healthy lifestyle.

The Irony of Increased Exercise

If you do more sports activities, you must be aware of how to keep your body safe and healthy while exercising. Studies show that the most common sprains and strains are related to sports: the ankle joint accounts for 72 percent of all injuries.

How serious is this in the United States alone? Two million individuals suffer ankle injuries every year, and the cost to repair your feet muscles are far from cheap. A single sprain leads to setbacks at work, family life, and general life satisfaction.

You might recognize the initial symptoms of swelling and ankle pain when jogging excessively, or working out in the gym. If not treated, an ankle sprain can lead to secondary conditions. These include tendinitis, medial tibial stress syndrome, and medial knee pain. Up to 80 percent of patients who suffer a small ankle sprain will develop chronic ankle instability. More will experience permanent foot injury.

So how do we address this growing health problem? The best way is to ensure that while you are exercising, you are also strengthening your foot muscles. Balance, power, and strength are all factors in helping you perform physical exercises without the risk of injury. Here are three ways to do that, backed by scientific proof:

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Barefoot Training

Can training without sports shoes on benefit your feet muscles?   Absolutely!

Science has proven that it is far from normal for humans to be wearing closed or covered shoes all day long. Shoes support our feet, but they also restrict movement. They decrease flexibility, and inhibit our muscles from performing as they should.

This is why many physical therapists recommend exercising barefoot. Look at yoga or Pilates athletes. Their agility and balance is enhanced when their feet aren’t restricted by shoes. Similarly dancers are barefoot or wear flexible shoes that promote — not inhibit — movement.

When you train barefoot, you enhance sensory stimulation, improve joint health, and optimize balance. And when you are more stable, you’re less likely to suffer injuries due to a fall. To learn more about barefoot training check out the book Barefoot Strong by Dr Emily Splichal.

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Short Foot Exercise

Many active people suffer from plantar fascial pain and metatarsalgia. This is often due to a weakness of the small foot muscles. Short foot exercise (SFE) or “foot doming” is one of the most effective foot exercises which can improve this. The exercise conditions your feet muscles for endurance. It requires no equipment and you can do it anywhere — even seated.

How does SFE work?

Start by finding your foot tripod which is under your first toe, fifth toe and heel. Lift the toes, spread them out and place them back down onto the ground. Using your intrinsic foot muscles, start to push the tips of the toes down into the ground. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax and repeat 5 times per side. If you experience cramping, simply relax and try again later. To see a full video on how to perform SFE click HERE

In one study, short foot exercise was used to address chronic foot instability. Thirty adults were monitored during exercise for eight weeks. Scientists measured the quantitative somatosensory of joint position sense, vibration sensory thresholds, balance, and ankle instability. The group that performed the short foot exercise showed significant improvement in all the categories. SFE was more effective than regular physical therapy for treating ankle sprain patients.

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Texture Stimulation

Your feet can affect everything else in your body. How you exercise will directly affect the pressure on your knees, hips, low back, and neck, so it can lead to many injuries.

When exercising, pay attention to the skin on the bottom of your feet. It is critical for balance, posture, motor control and human locomotion. Using scientifically-backed texture technology during exercise protects your soles. It ensures you get the most out of your workouts, every time. Naboso Technology has both textured mats and insoles that are perfect for strengthening your feet and body.

The Naboso mat was developed by Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist Dr. Emily Splichal. It has a unique, patent-pending material based on texture research and surface science. The unique texture will stimulate your body’s nervous system through the skin on the bottom of your feet. When using it, you may notice an improvement in your postural control, stability and strength.

Here are three ways you can use the Naboso Mat:

  • To optimize foot stimulation during standing barefoot exercises

  • When exercising with kettlebells, sandbags, or Olympic lifting

  • While doing barefoot bodyweight exercises such as step-ups or lunges

Similarly, Naboso Insoles work by stimulating the nerves in the bottom of your feet. They not only improve balance but positively impact gait patterns, ankle proprioception and force production.

You can think of Naboso Technology like “braille for the feet”. Naboso material lets your feet “read” the ground. With every movement, you become stronger, more flexible, and empowered.

For more information about Naboso Technology, visit our website and explore our product line today.