New Trends

This category follows new developments in footwear and athletic and lower limb equipment.

Sport’s Medicine said to Overuse MRI’s

“Patients often feel like they are getting better care if people are ordering fancy tests, and there are some patients who come in demanding an M.R.I. — that’s part of the problem,” Dr. DiGiovani said.

Here is the article from The New York Times.

 

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Barefoot Running Continued…

Barefoot Running Continued…

Four points to consider before you decide to start running barefoot:

1) We wear shoes to protect the sole of the foot from injury due to terrain (and for hygiene). Safety is important, and if you have any predisposing factors to foot health problems such as Diabetes, then shoes are definitely a good thing for you.

2) We wear supportive shoes if the foot/ankle has had a previous injury (ie. sprains/strains) and has not been fully rehabbed or is not back to optimal function. Ankle ligaments are notoriously prone to re-injury unless externally supported during higher-stress activities and rehabilitated under the care of a professional.

3) We wear shoes from an early age – consider how many years an individual has placed a decreasing demand on the soft tissue structures of their foot. Any attempt at barefoot running should be preceded with active strengthening of the foot intrinsics (see a knowledgeable professional ie. physiotherapist), gradual increase of time spent walking before running barefoot etc… Also be mindful of progressing terrain – consider starting on a rubber track to mimic some of the energy return/decreased impact that your shoe provided, then progress to grass or sand before hitting the sidewalks!

4) Altered or dysfunctional alignment, whether it is caused by improper footwear, muscle imbalance or the bone structures themselves, requires correction. Simply removing ones’ shoes is not a solution. Improving alignment via external support (shoe/orthotic), strengthening the appropriate muscles in the feet to improve internal support, and gradually increasing the demand on weakened tendons/ligaments under the supervision of a knowledgeable professional are all precursors to barefoot running. If, however, you have great lower extremity alignment and no previous injuries, get back in touch with your feet! Injuries can be PREVENTED due to improved accuracy of the signals coming from your feet.

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Is Barefoot Running right for you?

Is Barefoot Running right for you?

So what is this barefoot running we are hearing so much about these days. Our feet and body are incredibly intricate. The the foot and ankle are made of bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, skin, fatty tissue, blood vessels and muscles. The sensory nerves of the foot are vital for collecting information on forces being applied, bones provide structure or framework, ligaments connect joints together and send info to the brain to control motion, tendons attach muscle to bone, and muscles act as the force and

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