Understanding (Subtle) Peroneal Subluxation: Treating the Cause vs. Symptoms

Welcome to another post in the Barefoot Strong Blog!   Today’s post is a great example of why all health and wellness professionals (including those that are specialists) must always consider the greater picture and consider integrated movement systems. Although I am a Podiatrist and am presented with patients complaining of foot & ankle pain or…

Toe-Spread vs. Short Foot: Intrinsic Activation

From the minimalist footwear movement to barefoot training, one of the greatest benefits of getting out of the orthotics and motion-controlled shoes is the activation of the plantar intrinsic foot muscles. As the health and fitness industry begins to embrace the many benefits of intrinsic foot strength, researchers are starting to question which foot exercises…

Rearfoot Position and Closed-Chain Calf Stretching

Normal gait requires at least 5 degrees of ankle dorsiflexion, with maximum dorsiflexion occurring closed chain during late mid stance when the subtalar joint is passing through neutral.   Limited ankle joint dorsiflexion can result in a myriad of compensations both proximally and distally. From knee hyperextension to midfoot over-pronation (calcaneal eversion), the deforming forces…