Time To Stabilization & Athlete Injury Risk

A majority of my podiatry practice is built around treating athletes and chronic athletic injuries.   From professional dancers to marathon runners all athletes – regardless of sport or art – require the same thing – rapid stabilization for optimal loading and energy transfer.   Why is rapid stabilization so important?  During dynamic movement such as…

Local Reflexive Stabilization & Movement Efficiency

Whether we consciously realize it or not we all want to move better, feel stronger and stay pain-free.   We all seek the ability to do the activities we love – whether that be going for a long walk with a loved one or competing in an obstacle race. It is my mission to help professionals…

Myofascial Energy Transfer & Movement Efficiency

When we walk, run, jump or do any dynamic movement there is a fascinating interaction that occurs between the body and the ground.  This interaction may only take a mere milliseconds but it provides the energy source needed for efficient human movement. Upon ground contact the body encounters impacts forces which are detected by the…

The Future of Proprioceptive Training | Small Nerve Stimulation

When you hear the words “proprioceptive training” what comes to mind? If you do a Google image search for these two words you will get hundreds of pictures demonstrating balance exercises on unstable surfaces.   Despite the popularity of these unstable surfaces how effective are they for improving balance or proprioception? Surprisingly, not as good as…

Compartment Pressure | The Secret to Preventing Impact Injuries?

Upon haring the words “compartment pressure” – what comes to mind? A majority of us may think of exertional compartment syndrome in runners or possibly compressive garments. Today’s blog is going to explore how our body – particularly the foot and lower leg – uses compartment pressure to efficiently transfer forces. After researching the concepts…

Barefoot Training Specialist® Training Beyond “Barefoot”

After wrapping up yet another incredible Barefoot Education TourI find myself in a state of happiness as I reflect on the past several days.   Each workshop I teach and each lecture I give my passion for the science of barefoot training and from the ground up movement increases. In early 2012 when I taught…

Can Toe Spread Sandals Enhance Foot Function? EBFA Research

Over the past several months EBFA has been busy conducting several research studies related to barefoot science, footwear and function.   One such study looked specifically at the benefit of toe spread sandals on overall foot function in subjects with mild to moderate bunion pain. Why Toe Spread?  Most of our favorite footwear favors an…

The Functional Impact of Navicular Drop

Anyone who has ever attended one of my workshops knows that I do not like the simple classification of foot types based on “high arch” or “flat foot”. This type of classification system is too simplistic and does not really tell the practitioner anything about the mechanics of the foot. Instead, in my BTS Level…