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Little Toe Hurts? Four Things to Know About Pinky Toe Pain

Little Toe Hurts? Four Things to Know About Pinky Toe Pain

Whether you call it your little toe, wee toe, baby toe, small toe, fifth toe, or pinky toe, that outermost pedal digit can cause outsized problems. The big toe, baby toe and heel stabilize the base of your foot Your foot forms a functional triangle. When you’re standing or walking, your heel supports most of your body weight, with the read more »

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Avoid Plantar Fasciitis Flare-ups with These 4 Tips

Avoid Plantar Fasciitis Flare-ups with These 4 Tips

In a musty old brick warehouse in the industrial side of town, Raquel yanks her wrist guards over her hands and straps her helmet under her chin. She bends over to lace up her skates, anxiously chomping on the corners of her mouth guard. “Roller derby is a full-contact sport. We wear our protective gear when we’re on skates, and read more »

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9 Tips From Top Foot Doctors on Getting the Most Out of Custom Orthotics

9 Tips From Top Foot Doctors on Getting the Most Out of Custom Orthotics

Imagine walking on the shore of a beautiful beach, warm water lapping at your feet, as the sand cradles your foot with each step. Nice! How about the image of stepping into a shallow basin of warm, freshly puffed marshmallow fluff…okay, maybe too sticky. Here it is. Imagine the sweet breath of 1,000 angels, gently lifting your feet off the read more »

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The Surprising Cause of Heel and Knee Pain: It Could Be the Way You Walk

The Surprising Cause of Heel and Knee Pain: It Could Be the Way You Walk

Last week, we posted about overpronation, some common injuries that befall overpronators, and some methods of dealing with aches and pains and preventing injuries. This week, we’re revisiting the topic of pronation to talk about the much less common condition, underpronation, also known as supination. If you recall, pronation refers simply to the rotational motion of the midfoot inward and read more »

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This Shocking Cause of Lower Back Pain Has Nothing to Do With Your Spine

This Shocking Cause of Lower Back Pain Has Nothing to Do With Your Spine

What is pronation? It’s a complex biomechanical concept that describes the rotational motion of the medial bones in the mid-foot, downward and inward with each step. It facilitates proper posture in the spine and assists with shock absorption while walking, jogging, or running in able-bodied children and adults. Pronation: it’s the regular, rolling motion your foot experiences when you take read more »

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Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Do’s and Don’ts

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Do’s and Don’ts

Even though the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body, it’s prone to injury and in fact, Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common conditions presented in our offices. The majority of the Achilles tendon’s attachment is to the upper back portion of the heel. Pain and/or swelling in this area or along the tendon may read more »

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Beat the 6 Most Common Walking Pains

Beat the 6 Most Common Walking Pains

Walking is pretty much universally considered the safest form of exercise, right? Well, yes, but it’s not completely without its risks. If your walking routine is interrupted by aches and pains, you should do what you can to address them early on. What seems like a minor pain could worsen and prevent you from exercising altogether. Here are some tips read more »

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Physical Therapist’s Personal Journey from Injury to Ironman

Physical Therapist’s Personal Journey from Injury to Ironman

Physical therapists are the go-to experts on recovery from sports injuries. We know when to push through the pain and when to back off. I’ve helped hundreds of athletes return to their sport quickly and have taught seminars on how to avoid sports injuries. So when I suffered a stress fracture in my left foot’s 2nd metatarsal, I figured recovery read more »

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Four Ways to Beat Big Toe Arthritis

Four Ways to Beat Big Toe Arthritis

If your big toe is achy or stiff, swelling, or spurring, you might be suffering from Big Toe Arthritis – a condition that can keep even the sprightliest souls in the old rocker. Also known as “hallux rigidus,” big toe arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis in the foot. Why? Well, arthritis occurs when the cartilage read more »

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Training for a Marathon? 4 ways to stop screwing up your feet

Training for a Marathon? 4 ways to stop screwing up your feet

  Most long distance runners can agree that they are at the mercy of their feet.  You can mentally and physically prepare yourself for a marathon, but ignore your feet and you may find yourself sidelined at the next race.  While some foot-related injuries are bio-mechanical (and that’s just the way we were made), others may be the result of read more »

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