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    Foot x-rays revealing structural changes from transitioning to a minimalist shoe.

Foot x-rays revealing structural changes from transitioning to a minimalist shoe.

A while back I posted some images of a runner who transitioned to minimalist shoes which demonstrated an improvement in arch structure (the entire post can be seen here). It generated a lot of attention and page hits.  Many of those against minimalist running shoes had of course said it was bogus. This particular case was an example of what we are now seeing published in the most recent literature on running either barefoot […]

Read the latest literature on running injuries and shoes.

Have some time to spend reading about running and injuries?  I’ve added a new section to this blog where I’ll be posting the latest literature and studies related to running, shoegear, foot-strike patterns, injuries, and pretty much anything you can think of related to running.  For now, enjoy some of the articles that are related to shoes and the lower extremity!

You can access this section from the menu bar under Literature/Studies or by clicking […]

Calf raises to improve endurance for long runs.

I routinely advise runners in my practice to perform 100 calf raises a day to help strengthen their calf muscles which can improve injuries such as plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis. Even non-runners who are suffering from plantar fasciitis can benefit from this. 100 in a row may be difficult so I usually recommend sets throughout the day adding up to one-hundred. Performing five days a week is usually sufficient.

Runner’s world recently featured calf […]

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    A great explanation of how running is dependent on foot strike and form. NOT shoes.

A great explanation of how running is dependent on foot strike and form. NOT shoes.

The following is a great explanation on how running shoes can have a detrimental effect on our feet and lower extremity.   This is an excerpt from Daniel Lieberman’s book, “The Story of the Human Body” where he discusses how shoe gear has changed the way most people now walk and run.  Daniel Lieberman is a Harvard professor who is know for the groundbreaking article on how transient impacts are seen in shod runners […]

Nine Surprising Ways Running Helps Your Body

Some interesting facts from Runner’s World.

 

GROWS CARTILAGE

Ignore the naysayers—running isn’t necessarily bad for your knees. Research from Australia’s Monash University suggests that the impact of running can increase cartilage production, which can safeguard your joints from arthritis.

SHARPENS HEARING
Research from Bellarmine University found that very fit women were six percent more likely to have better hearing than less-fit women. Exercise improves circulation to the ear, which provides a greater supply of nutrients to help preserve […]

Opedix CORE-Tec™ Compression Shorts

I had the opportunity to test a pair of compression shorts from Opedix.  They are designed to enhance the kinetic functioning of your body by helping to support the core, and enhance hip and knee joint function. I can’t say that there is evidence based research that wearing any type of compression shorts can actually achieve this or if it has even been examined.  The website claims that the shorts are tested to improve […]

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    Tips for Your First Race: Follow these steps to prepare for your first 5K or 10K.

Tips for Your First Race: Follow these steps to prepare for your first 5K or 10K.

As always, I like sharing some running articles that stumble upon if I feel they are helpful. Here is one Runner’s World had just shared has some helpful tips for those running their first 5k. Enjoy!

Even for seasoned racers, the days before a race can be stressful. With all the hope and hard work that you’ve invested in your goal event, you want to arrive at the starting line feeling calm, healthy, and […]

Walk Breaks for Faster Running?

Here is a great article that was in Runner’s World that I wanted to share.  For all you runners out there doing your 400s, 800s, and mile repeats, its very important to get enough rest between sets so you are fully recovered.  Not being fully recovered with inhibit your  ability to reach the full potential in the subsequent set leading to less gains from the run.  Check out Matt’s article below!!

Walk Breaks for Faster […]

Some Interesting Facts on the Number of Americans Running Each Year

Please help us spread the word and get more people running for a good cause!

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Shoe Review: The Skechers GOMeb Speed 2

It’s been a while since I reviewed a shoe so I wanted to try something new this time. Here is a short video review of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 2 that I recently chose to run a marathon in. The 26.2 mile run was the first run that I attempted in this shoe! I do not recommend attempting running a distance like this for the first time in a shoe. I had however been […]