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Custom Orthotics for Cyclists

Do you have a foot problem during a long bike ride? Are your feet killing you while cycling? Numb toes or burning feet are not fun! It is easy to underestimate the amount of stress put on your feet while pedaling. In addition to having properly fitting equipment and good body alignment, having the appropriate […]

Alpine Skiing

Who Needs Custom Ski Orthotics/ Footbeds Q: Who needs custom footbeds / ski orthotics in their boots? A: Everyone. During the mid stance phase of walking (when the foot is in total contact with the ground) the foot is in a mobile adaptive or flexible condition. It is supposed to “pronate” to reduce shock to […]

Heel Pain: Control Plantar Fasciitis

About Heel Pain by Jeffrey Jacobs, C. Ped Of all foot problems, heel pain among the most common and it can be the most debilitating. Understanding the causes of heel pain can go a long way toward preventing this most uncomfortable condition. Most heel pain is caused by “overuse” This may be excessive weight, increased […]

The Plantar Fasciitis – Common Foot Problems

The plantar fascia is a dense band of fibrous tissue that originates at the ball of the foot and connects at the heel. It stretches and contracts each time the foot is used, and is prone to overuse especially if the arch is not supported by proper footwear. As the fascia micro-tears at its attachment […]

USASJ Position Statement: Footwear

ADDENDUM ANDREW L. CHEN, MD, MS Rationale There is a high incidence of ankle and knee injuries that can be attributed to inappropriate footwear among the top, internationally competitive athletes of USASJ, and this has been associated with loss of time in training and competition.  Importantly, this has also resulted in a loss of performance […]

Who Needs Custom Ski Orthotics / Footbeds

Q: Who needs custom footbeds / ski orthotics in their boots?A: Everyone. During the mid stance phase of walking (when the foot is in total contact with the ground) the foot is in a mobile adaptive or flexible condition. It is supposed to “pronate” to reduce shock to the leg, knee and back. This is the position […]

Ballerina Feet

Dancers are a unique breed of athletes, especially ballet dancers.  They are not just dancers…they both athletes and performing artists. The art form demands that a dancer be esthetically pleasing…slender to the point of being fragile; flexible yet strong, powerful, and resilient. There are many factors involved in keeping a dancer’s body healthy…especially the feet […]

Foot Pain

“Foot Related Sports Injuries” by Jeffrey Jacobs, C. Ped This is the time of year when doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers all roll up their sleeves and brace themselves for the onslaught of sports injuries. Foot and foot related injuries are among the most common of all sports injuries. Since most foot related problems are […]

How an Epidemic of Equinus Created a Successful Retail Pedorthic Business

Heel elevation in footwear may be the most fundamental and significant cause of foot pathologies in our society. There are no scientific studies that I know of that prove what I have learned over the past 5 years. However, the anecdotal evidence is over whelming.

To give you a bit of a background story, I’ll begin by saying, I’ve practiced Pedorthics since 1990.
I partnered up with a fellow that owned a Birkenstock specialty store in the downtown area. I was already in the business of making custom Birkenstocks for the Podiatric market so the relationship was a natural one.
We began by marketing ourselves to local doctors, PTs, Chiropractors and Podiatrists. Boise is an active community and since many of the medical professionals are runners, cyclists, skiers and hikers themselves, my skills and background in this area quickly gave me a reputation among referring physicians, many becoming my clients.

The difference between support and stability in hiking boots

My new favorite hiking boot is the Altra Lone Peak which isn’t a hiking boot at all. This trail running shoe has all the critical components for high performance backcountry foot wear: lightness (remember 1lb. off your feet is the same as 7lb. off your back), stability, breathability, durability and ample toe box room. Among these critical […]

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