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  • Foot Orthotics and the Management of Low Back Pain

    It’s certainly a stretch of distance from the foot to the low back but it appears that the use of foot orthotics can help back pain. Foot orthotics is commonly prescribed to help painful lower extremity conditions caused by excessive foot pronation.  The use of orthotics is commonly accepted in the treatment of many lower […]

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  • How is a Sock like Parsley?

    Parsley, just the garnish on your plate, adds texture and color to an otherwise mundane and unappealing meal. How could this flavorful, colorful, nutrient rich vegetable be overlooked and discarded at the end of the meal? Probably in the same way that socks have become an afterthought in the shoe purchasing process. Located close to […]

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  • Cycling and Hot Feet

    “Hot feet” is a common problem affecting cyclists. After prolonged periods of riding some riders can experience intense pain, tingling and numbness to the ball of the foot or the metatarsal region. This pain can be debilitating and just really ruin a ride. In cycling the foot is always contacting the pedal. This sustained pressure […]

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  • When is Pronation Too Much?

    You can’t talk about foot pronation without mentioning supination. Both pronation and supination are normal foot motions that occur during walking. In excess, foot pronation can be a major contributing cause of lower extremity injury, occurring  from the toes all the way to the low back. A pronated foot position visualized as a “low arch” […]

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  • Treating Heel Pain

    Whether you’re a runner or a walker training for the City to Sea the dreaded heel pain or plantar fascitis can be a deal breaker. Plantar fascitis, the most common cause of heel pain is generally caused by excessive foot pronation during walking and running. Pain is usually localized right on the bottom of the […]

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  • Are Your Running Injuries Caused by Stress?

    Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world. It can be done practically anywhere and very little equipment is needed. Running is an effective exercise for weight loss and increasing cardiovascular endurance. There are many great qualities, but running also has its drawbacks:  It is estimated that 65% of all […]

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  • Achilles Tendon Injuries

    Acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon are generally explosive events related to the contraction of the calf muscle while the Achilles tendon is lengthening. This explosive injury is more common in men than women and is generally experienced while playing high-intensity sports like basketball and tennis. The Achilles tendon is an extension of the muscle […]

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  • The Anatomy of a Callus

    The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly applies while looking at this picture of the bottom of the foot.Thickened skin or callus on the bottom of the foot occurs because of high pressure and friction during walking. Although thought to be protective of the skin it can be quite painful […]

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  • What is a Metatarsal Pad?

    Metatarsal pads are used to help reduce harmful pressures through the ball of the foot during walking. Foot pressures during the walking cycle are high when the heel first makes ground contact and next when the ball of the foot contacts the ground. When the pressure in the ball of the foot exceeds a certain […]

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  • When do Shoes Wear Out?

    Unlike a comfortable pair of jeans that can be worn for years with increasing comfort, athletic shoes will wear and require frequent replacement. The notion of using an athletic shoe for years that is “broken in” is a recipe for injury disaster.  The midsole portion of the shoe is typically constructed from two types of […]

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  • The Woes of Being Barefoot

    Treating lower extremity conditions is a lot like treating a broken bone. A broken bone will heal by preventing motion at the fracture site. Immobilization with a cast is a traditional treatment tool for someone who has a broken bone. Preventing motion at the fracture site allows the bone healing cells to cross the fracture […]

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  • The Mystery Behind Orthotics

    The use of orthotics has well been documented to be an invaluable treatment tool for many lower extremity conditions. There is, however, a lack of strong evidence-based medicine that supports the use of orthotics for many lower extremity conditions. Part of the reason is that there are many variables including how the shoes influence lower [...]
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