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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 […]

Causes of Pain in Foot

“Your Life and Your Feet” by Jeffrey Jacobs, C. Ped At some time in your life you will have a foot problem. Chances are you have already experienced the impact foot pain can have on your quality of life. While we all know it is important to stay active, what do we do if our feet […]

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 […]

Dynamics of the Foot and Treatment of Foot Related Disorders

The foot is a functional unit made up of bone, muscle, tendons, nerves and membrane. The structure of the foot has changed very little since prehistoric times. In fact, the development of man’s brain occurred after the development of the foot. Anthropologists believe it was man’s ability to become bipedal (walk on two feet) that […]

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 […]

Spring Skiing: Aching Arches Shadowing Your Fun in the Sun?

Foot pain or Knee pain hold you back from Skiing? Hitting the slopes on a sunny spring day is a favorite for many skiers—who enjoy warmer temperatures and a little sunshine while zipping down slopes. Foot pain, however, can quickly put a damper on your spring skiing fun. Ill-fitting boots are most often the cause […]

Shin Splints: Don’t Give Up Your Morning Jog

  Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), are a common condition in runners and cause throbbing and aching in the lower part of the leg between the knee and the ankle. The pain might strike during your run, after your run or you might just be unlucky enough to feel it all the […]

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