One of the many people courting the NFL and the players at the NFL Combine is Emily Splichal, DPM, a Manhattan-based podiatrist and human movement specialist. Splichal is the founder of Naboso Technology, a two-year-old company that makes textured shoe insoles and training mats that claim to help improve athletic performance, reduce the risk of injuries, and improve injury rehabilitation. The Naboso insole isn’t like other insoles on the market. It has a unique textural design that features a series of little raised pyramids that are spaced to the specificity of a nerve on the bottom of the foot. “That nerve on the bottom of the foot is the same nerve that helps blind people read Braille," Dr. Splichal said. “We are essentially stimulating the same nerve, but in the feet."
|Dr. Emily Splichal
Unlike other insoles, Naboso’s doesn’t have an arch. “I try to get them to buy into the idea of an insole that doesn’t have an arch in it," Splichal said. “It’s counter to what people think. But it’s approaching movement from a slightly different perspective." “Every [other] insole that is on the market is designed to approach function or foot pain or foot support from a bio-mechanical perspective, which means there’s arches put in them. “Our insoles are the only one on the market that are based solely on sensory stimulation with respect to foot function, and really, to total body movement and motor control."
Source: Paul Domowitch, The Inquirer [3/3/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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