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Arch Support

Arch Support
Ray McClanahan, D.P.M.

Since much of the current treatment for foot and ankle disorders is centered on supporting the arch, we thought it would be helpful to discuss what arch support really means and discuss whether it is necessary or desired in the active foot.

 

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Why Consider Foot Strike?

Humans and our recent ancestors have been accomplished endurance runners for more than a million years (Bramble and Lieberman, 2004). Our endurance running abilities may have evolved to enable our ancestors to engage in persistence hunting long before the comparatively recent invention of projectile technologies used for hunting purposes (Carrier, 1984; Lieberman et al., 2009).

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Plantar Fasciosis or Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciosis

Plantar fasciosis is a foot condition characterized by heel pain and pain in your plantar fascia—a strong and dense connective tissue structure on the sole of your foot that supports your foot arch. This condition has historically been called plantar fasciitis because it was believed that plantar fascia inflammation was the principle underlying cause. Plantar fasciosis is a more accurate name for this condition because it involves degeneration—microtears, cell death—of your plantar fascia, not inflammation. See YouTube Video – Plantar Fasciitis or Fasciosis?  Active men between the ages of 40 and 70 are most commonly affected by this health problem.

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Why do different foot strikes matter?

Why do different foot strikes matter? Derek H. Kim DPT

Daniel Lieberman’s study on the difference between heel striking and forefoot striking shows why a large collision is generated when heel striking and why such a small collision is generated when forefoot striking.

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Correct Toes

What if you could correct a myriad of foot and ankle problems, WITHOUT expensive surgery or pharmaceutical drugs? What if you could reduce your chances of developing osteoarthritis? What if the approach was simple, logical, and cost-effective?

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What is Scoliosis? Guide line

In many cases, Scoliosis is called ‘idiopathic’. Because the true cause of scoliosis is unknown yet. But a lot of patients who have scoliosis also have foot deformities such as Flatfeet, Bunion, Hallux valgus or Hammer toes.

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