Tag: foot function

Athletic Foot Function

Understanding Gait Mechanics (the foot)

Understanding gait mechanics in the foot is a video I recently produced. This is a topic I’ve studied for nearly 40 years and it is very popular in my collegial consultations and my client coaching sessions.  Getting a better grasp of how the foot works, or is designed to operate, can help anyone to more effectively appreciate movement, training, injury…

Ep222 – A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Backcountry Footwear

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As a lifetime athlete, a lifelong hunter and hiker, and a biomechanist, I’m offering a physical therapist’s guide to backcountry footwear. In this episode, I talk about the types of shoes and boots available, and how to select them to best fit your needs. This podcast was brought to you by The Lifetime Athlete Coaching and Training Services. Our focus…

Athletic Foot Function

Ep189 – Athletic Foot Function with Joel Smith

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Coach Joel Smith is back on the podcast! This time we’re talking about athletic foot function. Joel brings a wealth of knowledge in all areas of sports performance. He’s the host of the Just Fly Sports Performance podcast, and he is working on a new book which will be titled Best Foot Forward. I really enjoyed visiting with Joel in…

Plantar Fasciitis Be Gone!

One of the most common injury conditions for Lifetime Athletes…is the demon known as Plantar Fasciitis! It frustrates and debilitates many athletes, but it is a problem that can be solved. We just need to understand what it is, how it develops, and how to make it go bye bye forever. Plantar fasciitis, and improving foot function, is the focus…

Pronation, Foot Function, and Athletic Longevity

I think that title pretty much says it all. At least with respect to this week’s topic. May is Human Locomotion Month at The Lifetime Athlete and this week we are studying the motion of the foot and how it can be leveraged for peak performance and long term health. This week’s MasterClass took a deep dive into all things…

Athletic Foot Function

Ep126 – Pronation and Athletes

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Pronation is a natural and necessary component of foot function. It describes the composite triplanar motion of the foot as the calcaneus everts, the talus dorsiflexes, and the forefoot abducts. It is how our foot accommodates and conforms to the ground. The reverse of this motion is known as supination. If all that sounds complicated, you’ll definitely want to listen…

Foot Function and Running Shoe Selection

Spring is right around the corner in some parts of the country, and the change of seasons gets many folks thinking about reviving or revving up their running program. This often coincides with shopping for a new pair of running shoes. The title of this week’s article has the potential to be an immense topic, but I’m going to a…

Ep041 – Foot Function and Running Shoe Selection

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The human foot is an amazing example of architecture and mechanics. Understanding how our feet are designed to work, and facilitating that performance, can help to make our running more enjoyable. Application of proper foot function also increases both performance and orthopedic longevity. Utilizing footwear that encourages natural gait patterns, and progressing training intelligently, can restore the natural optimal function…