June 05, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

Orthotics and footbeds, they’re the same thing, right? This is a question that is posed to us all the time.  No, they’re not the same, but oftentimes one or the other can be appropriate. To explain the difference, we need to understand a little bit about foot mechanics.

The foot is a biomechanical marvel.  It is composed of 26 bones and 31 articulations or joints.  The bones and joints work together in concert to propel us through the earth’s gravitational field.  It is a dynamic structure that is constantly moving and changing with its environment, whether it is in or out of footwear. Problems with the bones or joints of the foot, or the forces that pass through them, can interfere with this symbiosis and create problems which we call diagnoses. They can range from bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, TFL syndrome, abnormal patellar tracking, and lower back pain just to name a few.

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August 23, 2012 // Category: Fitness Community

Barefoot or minimalist? Midfoot or forefoot strike? New studies show the debate may be null.

The fitness industry is full of hotly contested opinions. Which shoe to wear and how to land are two of the current topics being debated by scientists, trainers, engineers and even the athletes themselves. Footstrike and shoe design are interdependent on each other. How you land determines the shoe you should wear. At the same time, many runners are selecting a shoe that they think will help them improve a certain form of running.

Scott D
 

May 30, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor

Ever see those people at the gym who are walking on such a steep incline that they hang on for dear life, and wonder why?

Recent studies by the University of Colorado found that when using a 9 degree treadmill incline, hamstrings displayed 635 percent of the muscular activity of level walking and, it increases your glute activity - up by 345 percent. 

Scott D
 

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