Why the Toning Shoe Marketers Got Busted

January 4, 2013

Toning shoes are considered to be shoes that are deliberately made unstable with design features like a rocker bottom shoe. The purpose of this instability is to create a balance problem so that the muscles have to work harder to compensate. As a result it is claimed that this gives an extra workout or ‘tone […]

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Pre-season fitness does not affect risk of injury

November 14, 2012

Press Release: But the type of sport played and gender did, according to a new study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology. This study into varsity athletics found that women had a shorter time to injury than men and that certain sports, such as volleyball, also had […]

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Chi Running

March 3, 2012

Chi running is one of the many different running forms that are being promoted as a means to run better, feel better about running and get fewer injuries. Chi running as a concept was first promoted by Danny Dreyer who developed it as part of his ultramarathon training program. As a technique it advocates a […]

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Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

March 3, 2012

I have been seeing more posterior tibial tendonitis lately. If I did not know any better, I would say it was getting more common. This would be consistent with the increased interest in barefoot or minimalist running. This running technique which is a forefoot strike compared to a rearfoot strike makes the posterior tibial muscle […]

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Plantar Plate Dysfunction

January 27, 2012

The plantar plate is an important structure of the first metatarsophalangeal joints in the foot. The plantar plate is part of the plantar fascia and is a thickening of the plantar aspect of the joint capsule. Plantar plate dysfunction is a common cause of pain under the first metatarsophalangeal joint. Ultrasound often demonstrates a plantar […]

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August 2, 2011

Sesamoiditis is a common problem in athlete with high loads under the first metatarsophalangeal joint. It is not really a sesamoiditis, as it is an inflammation of the soft tissues around the sesamoid bones at this joint. The pain of sesamoiditis is usually on direct palpation of the area. Imaging is sometimes useful to rule […]

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Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

March 13, 2011

This is a common problem in athletes. Sinus tarsi syndrome generally occurs in two situations that are almost opposite to each other. One is that the structures in the sinus tarsi can be damaged during an inversion ankle sprain. Often this problem goes undetected until some of the original ankle sprain settles. The other condition […]

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Diabetic Foot and Exercise

June 12, 2010

Exercise for those with diabetes is extremely important. It is important for general health and fitness as well as weight control. There are also some diabetes specific benefits of exercise for those with diabetes such as assisting in glucose controls and also in type two diabetes its also has the affect of increasing insulin sensitivity. […]

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

April 2, 2010

The April 2010 edition of  Podiatry Today magazine has a good update of the latest concepts in Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome by Kevin Kirby. Two interesting key concepts that came through in the review is that there is no agreement on exactly what is the pathological process in the condition – is it a soft tissue traction […]

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Weightbearing MRI for plantar fasciitis

March 31, 2010

In a recent edition of Radiological Medicine there is a new study that investigated the use of a weightbearing MRI to assess those with plantar fasciitis. They were able to report that the changes in the MRI signal that was associated with plantar fasciitis when compared by blinded examiners in those without plantar fasciitis. Unlike […]

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