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5 Tips to Better Hiking
Tree roots create a natural staircase
I went for my first difficult hike after breaking my ankle in July '18. And I noticed some interesting things that I might never have known had I not had this injury. I think it's worth a blog post, because regardless of whether you've ever broken or sprained your ankle, many people are deficient in ankle dorsiflexion* and/or weak in the feet and hips and can use these tips to keep hiking safe and satisfying.
*Ankle dorsiflexion is when you bring the
Are You Prone to Ankle Sprains?
The ankle joint is comprised of three bones: the two bones of the lower leg, tibia and fibula and the top bone of the foot, the talus.
Talus is an interesting bone because of all the bones in the body, it is the only one without any muscle attachments. Therefore, its role is a weight bearing one. I like to think of it as something that receives the weight of the body above and distributes it down and back through the heel bone, and forward through the forefoot. The talus is an architectural k
Feet and Walking
In my last post (link) I mentioned that walking is a category, and that what most people envision when asked to imagine a person walking, is a person walking on a flat, level surface, perhaps a sidewalk. Indeed, when people “go for a walk” most of the time they use a trail or a route they have mapped out that will help them achieve the 10,000 steps on their Fitbit. I went to Costa Rica this spring, and I was looking forward to bushwhacking my way through a wild, untamed jungle, but even
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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