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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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  • The Benefit of Alternating Running Shoes

    The Benefits of Alternating Running Shoes Recent researched published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science and reported in Lower Extremity Review, January 2014 found a 39% reduction in running injury rates if runners used multiple running shoes during their running week as compared to runners who predominantly used only one pair of shoes. [...]
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  • The Loafer Dilemma

    The modern loafer popularized by the Spaulding athletic company and most notably by John Bass in the early 1930’s has become a shoe mainstay for both women and men dress casual shoes. The origin of the shoes dates to Norwegian fisherman who constructed a simple stitched, easy to slip on leather shoe.  The shoe style [...]
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  • The Importance of Hip Strength

    Trunk muscles including your hips and glutes play crucial role in helping you run strongly, smoothly and injury free. Hip muscles are so critical to success of a runner that the source of all the running injuries can be drilled down to hip strength. If you neglect hip health, you put yourself at great risk [...]
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  • Over-The-Counter Orthotic Selection

    Orthotic devices, whether custom made or off of the shelf, help in combination with the shoe to modify abnormal foot motion and pressure that cause lower extremity conditions. Initial self-treatment often drives consumers to purchase a store bought orthotic. When selecting a store bought orthotic consumers usually get bombarded with too many options and choices [...]
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