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Not exactly. While it is a catchy phrase of the Marines, in reality you put your bodies through a lot. Whether you are fighting fires, patrolling the streets, responding to an emergency call or on patrol overseas, the stress your body endures can and often does have a compounding effect on your physical health.
According to statistics provided by the US ARMY, musculoskeletal injuries caused by acute (sudden) incidents as well as chronic repeated stresses to the body (overuse), have been described as the single biggest health problem of the U.S. Military because:
Similarly, First Responders suffer many of the same ailments as our service-members.
Orthotics in general are listed as a sufficient non-surgical treatment for most people, according to research conducted by the US National Library of Medicine. The key is stability—as with any torn tissue, stability is critical for proper healing. If you tear a muscle, your doctor probably won't recommend you lifting weight with that muscle, right? This is essentially what you’re doing when you stand and walk on this area with your body weight. But our first responders and service-members often don’t have the option to just take time off.
The ALPHA Foot Medic was designed by multi-marathoner and Certified Pedorthist Ricky Wyatt, to support and guide the foot into proper alignment. In his practice, he saw countless patients with running injuries that were dreading going under the knife and he sought to find a solution that was more effective and less costly than custom orthotics.