Tag: feet

Balance for Walking

Balance is sometimes defined as “standing still” - i.e., can you balance on one foot? But can you balance walking? How can you tell if you can balance while walking? You are currently walking without falling over I presume. So how do you know if your balanced is compromised? Walking is a one-legged activity; the heel of the front leg lands, and then the leg in the back is lifted and the centre of mass is transferred forward over the leg on the ground until it becomes the back leg and

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Shoe Review: Xeroshoes Lena

I interrupt my regular blog programming for a special shoe review: The Xeroshoes Lena [caption id="attachment_1415" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Wearing the Xero Lena shoe around town[/caption] I was given this shoe to review with the understanding that I would put it through its paces (which I have) and give an honest review (which I will). I had gone in to the store with the understanding that I'd be trying the Xeroshoes Prio, which is a runner style, and I really, really wanted that

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Lifestyle Tips to Support Foot Health

Functional feet are my fondest favourites! For fancy footwork and for fleet feet, follow these four fun facts: Move your toes Walk over non-level ground Go barefoot or transition to a more minimal shoe Go forth. As in walk. A lot. Let’s break that down shall we? Move Your toes: Toes spend a lot of time in socks. Socks spend a lot of time in shoes. Ergo, feet spend a lot of time in shoes, and both socks and shoes conspire to keep your toes from moving as much as they want to

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Anatomy of the Top of Foot Stretch

The Top of Foot Stretch lengthens the front of the shin and ankle, and shortens the plantar surface muscles (you may experience cramping), it also lengthens the tendons that extend, or lifts, the toes. Here’s a primer on Foot Anatomy. Feet have 26 bones -that's a LOT of bones. That's a lot of bones for muscles to attach to and to make up joints for movement. That's a structure meant for a lot of movement. Landmarks of the feet are: Heel - the calcaneus bone. If I asked you to point at

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Lifestyle Tips for Lower Leg Health

Sticking with the Lower Leg theme - the calf and soleus - what are some other ways you can add support to a part of your body that is now moving more and moving better? If you’ve been doing the Calf Stretch and Soleus Stretch for a month, you might find that you are experiencing one or all of the following: ease of discomfort in the knees and feet less cramping in the calves and feet more energy for walking and climbing stairs less discomfort in the a.m. in the plantar fascia

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REPORT: Gait Assessment and Optimization Workshop with Tom Myers Nov.’16

I attended a workshop with Tom Myers, well known author/anatomist/Rolfer last week with two of my colleagues and about 47 others in downtown Toronto. I've done workshops with him before, in NYC in 2010. Since that time, as most of you know, I've changed tack (sailing reference!) from teaching Pilates to teaching Restorative Exercise. Since I've been immersed in the RE paradigm for 4+ years, I wasn't sure how working with Tom again would translate to my new approach. To be honest, I was thinking

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Feet and the Pelvic Floor

I just finished another foot workshop. I love doing them because they are literally your foundation and also the foundation of all the work that follows, typically the pelvic floor. So yes, next up is a pelvic floor workshop (my second!). I thought I'd write a post about how feet and the pelvic floor are related, and why you can't really address one without the other. Let's establish some very basic anatomical details: 1. Your hip joint is made up of the ball and socket of the femur and the

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