“Anatomy for Runners”: Excerpt on Why Runners Get Injured by Jay Dicharry

by Jay Dicharry. Running is pure. You may run for yourself, seeking to improve your time on your local neighborhood loop, or maybe simply to knock out the stresses of daily life. There are few other sports in the world in which you can compare yourself purely against the clock. It’s just you covering...

Ask Sock Doc: Recurring Running and Walking Injuries, Morton’s “Toe,” and More

Q:I followed your advice and threw away my orthotics and started wearing zero drops. My chronic sacroiliac pain (previously treated with Cortisone) has been completely resolved and all the years of feet and leg pains are gone. But now that I need to see a podiatrist for a painful hammertoe. How do I find...

How Runners Can Avoid Plantar Fasciitis: Go Minimalist or Barefoot

by Jim Hixson. If you have plantar fasciitis and have been told by a doctor to wear a stability shoe, orthotics, and never go barefoot, do yourself a favor and immediately switch to another doctor, preferably one who has read about how the foot functions, and not just knows all the names of the bones,...

Ask Sock Doc: Achilles Tendon Issues, Ditch the Orthotics, and Harmful Side-effects of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Q: I switched to minimalist shoes some time ago, and in the beginning they really helped. Recovery time after long runs shortened, and constant issues I had with my IT band simply disappeared. Unfortunately something has gone badly wrong lately,and for whatever reason I’m getting constant problems...

Open Letter to All Podiatrists: “Our Profession Needs to Keep an Open Mind in Regard to Shoes and Treating Running Injuries…”

The following excerpt is from an essay by Nicholas A. Campitelli, DPM, FACFAS that recently appeared on a popular podiatry forum and website: http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/defending-my-position-orthoses.  Dr. Campitelli, or as he likes to be known on his blog as Dr. Nick, does not represent the...

Sock Doc’s View on Orthotics: Don’t Leave Home Wearing Them

It’s been well over a year since I’ve discussed orthotics. Orthotics, just like stretching, is an emotional and somewhat controversial topic because so many believe in their effectiveness for injury treatment and prevention. Others, such as myself, feel as though they either create, provoke, or hide a true...

Avoid Injury: Make Slow Transition to Barefoot-style Running Shoes

Barefoot running is back in the news. Or rather barefoot-style running shoes. It’s the kind of “news story” that has “legs”. Yet the media angle is often misleading. I will quote from the first sentence of the story that appeared on the International Business Times website...

The Arch Isn’t a Nemesis for Runners: How The Foot Can Naturally Cure Plantar Fasciitis

A personal essay titled “The Mighty Arch: A Natural Cure for Plantar Fasciitis?” by Elf Martin on Softstar Shoe’s website recently caught our attention, and as a result, we posted a link to it on our Facebook page. Martin writes, “The explanation from the barefoot/minimalist shoe...

Treating Running Injuries: Form vs Footwear

The following article was published in the January 2013 issue of Podiatry Management, by Dr. Nick Campitelli,DPM, FACFAS
 Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgeon.  It can also be found on his blog. As he states in an introductory note, “it was written on behalf of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports...

Ask Sock Doc!

  Dear Sock Doc: I am in the Army, so running has become a part of my life so to speak. I overpronate when I run, but only get shinsplints when I do a lot of miles a week or run everyday. I usually run every other day to avoid injuries).I recently purchased Brooks Pure Cadences and while they are comfy...

You Don’t Have to Run in Pain: Second Installment of “Voice from the Running Shoe Store Floor”

An early adopter of minimalism, Jim Hixson was the former general manager of an independent running retail store in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to currently being a running retail store consultant, Jim now writes a regular column for the Natural Running Center called “Voice From the Running Shoe Store...

You Can Run a Marathon with Flat Feet, No Orthotics, and Minimalist Shoes — and without Injury

by Dr. Nick Campitelli. The debate continues amongst medical professionals, podiatrists, runners, and the media as to “Should we be running with supportive shoes with motion control?” For years the norm has been to support the arch with a custom or rigid orthotic to prevent overuse injury. This device was...

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