5 Steps To Stop Acute Plantar Fasciitis

Whether this is your first time experiencing plantar heel pain or the return of recurrent plantar fasciitis, your first line of defense to calm things down and minimize your symptoms will be the same. Acute plantar fascial flare ups occur when we hit what is called a “stress threshold”. Essentially this is the point where…

Is My Talus Limiting My Ankle Dorsiflexion?

Ah, ankle joint dorsiflexion.   One of the most talked about joints when it comes to joint mobility and optimal movement patterns. Tight soleus, tight gastrocnemius, heel toe drop in shoes, flat feet, high arches……sometimes it seems overwhelming to know exactly what is the cause of this restricted mobility in our clients. This article will…

6 of the Best Children’s Insoles for Flat Feet

Having flat feet is actually common in children up until a certain age, in fact a child does not fully develop their arch until the age of 7! As the soft tissues stiffen and the muscles gain strength, flat feet usually corrects itself.    However in some children the full strength of the arch does…

Postural Resets to Reduce WFH Foot Pain

If the last two years has taught us anything, it has been that the once unimaginable Zoom conferences and virtual strategy meetings are now just another day “in the office”.   With each day feeling a little like ground hog’s day, working from home is associated with different challenges that we must face to stay productive, comfortable, and motivated. Speaking of…

What Is Pronation? And is it really that bad!

Over 5,000 times a day the human foot is adjusting to the surfaces we walk on, absorbing potential energy from impact forces and propulsing us through each step we take.    What allows these basic movement functions to occur? Pronation. What is Pronation? Defined as an unlocking of the foot, pronation is a complex triplanar motion…

Are you kegeling wrong?  Top 5 Pelvic Floor Mistakes

Even though I’m a foot specialist, I am all about the pelvic floor.  It is connected to the feet after all!  As I teach my patients and professionals about how to reconnect to the pelvic floor muscles I want to remind that this anti-gravity postural muscles is one that is deeply connected to our feet, breath…

Exercises to Improve Balance with Peripheral Neuropathy

Feeling pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in your hands or feet may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy.  With over 20 million Americans diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, this is a common condition which contributes to impaired mobility, altered balance and increased fall risk. The goal of managing peripheral neuropathy should be to maintain and restore the function…

Healthy Foot Guide for the Walking Enthusiast

With over 95% of New Year’s Resolution’s being fitness-related, walking is the top form of exercise chosen by Americans.  This seemingly low impact exercise is not without stress to the body or risk of injury.    Not taking appropriate measures such as proper footwear, warming up, stretching, and proper recovery or rest after working out are…

Best Plantar Fasciitis Stretches

To stretch or not to stretch, that seems to be one of the biggest questions in physical medicine and rehab. For anyone who has ever experienced plantar heel pain and gone to a podiatrist, most likely they were told to “stretch the calves”.  But how effective is calf stretching in minimizing heel pain?  And is…

3 Release Techniques to Improve Ankle Mobility

Mobility or flexibility in our joints is a necessary part of how we move dynamically and transfer energy when we walk, squat or jump.  Any limitation in range of motion can lead to restricted movement, compensation patterns and joint stress.   As a Podiatrist, one of the most common joints where I see restricted range of…