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Blog posts of '2015' 'January'

The biomechanics of cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing requires form that is centered over the ski with virtually no reliance on your bindings. Alpine and Rondonee bindings differ in that they are rigidly fixed to the ski (Alpine) or semi-rigidly/rigidly tethered as found in Rondonee bindings. The beauty of a cross country set-up is the simplicity of a toe clip. But that simplicity also means that the act of cross-country skiing requires a very calculated, centered load bearing and swing phase to keep the skis in alignment.

Treating metatarsal stress fractures with Carbon Graphite Spring Plates

The feedback that we get from customers on regarding the use of Spring Plates is really quite interesting. I not only enjoy reviewing the feedback but I actually learn from the uses. Many of our customers are referred to us by their podiatrist or orthopedist while many customers are self referred, particularly the sports customers. Seems carbon graphite spring plates are talked about in a number of runners forums and Facebook running groups.

Treating plantar fibromatosis with orthotics

Plantar fibromatosis is a single nodule or group of nodules that that form in the plantar fascia, a band in the arch of the foot. How is plantar fibromatosis treated? This article explores the conservative treatment options for plantar fibromatosis.

Using the Malleoloc Brace for treatment of CMT

Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT) is an inherited neuromuscular disorder that causes foot drop and lateral ankle instability. It's a rare case when I see someone with an inherited neuromuscular condition respond to over-the-counter (OTC) bracing. Inherited neuromuscular conditions like CMT usually require the use of custom made prescription braces like an ankle foot orthotic (AFO). But every once in a while - you just never know.

Doing the second bunion

I had a unique opportunity this morning to perform a bunionectomy on two different patients. What was unique was that both of these patients had previously undergone correction of their bunion on their other foot. So both were back for a second go 'round to take care of the other foot. It's an honor when I can earn the opportunity to perform a patient's second surgery.