I have been thinking a lot about feet lately. Mine have felt a little cramped. I’m longing for summer sandals, or at least sockless freedom around the house. I like to cycle, ski, and hike, all activities that require closed-toe, sometimes snug, footwear. My grandmother had bunions so severe that they scared me as a child. I thought that my own genetics might make bunions and hammertoes magically appear one day. Nothing I could do about it: one day I would wake up with feet so twisted, I’d need surgery. So should I just sit around and wait for those lumpy indignities to appear?
Tag: health and wellness
“I can resist anything except temptation.” Oscar Wilde
“I really want to get in shape this year – that’s my New Year’s resolution.”
“Isn’t that the same resolution you had last year?”
“Yeah, but this year, I am really going to do it.”
How will you do it? Learn to use pessimism and 5 other surprising tips to increase your willpower.
A few months ago we introduced a tool to help strengthen the diaphragm. A strong diaphragm, primarily a breathing muscle, improves exercise performance. A recent study in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy now contends that a weak diaphragm is correlated with chronic lower back pain. In addition to weakness, there is reduced movement of the diaphragm in subjects with lower back pain.
Every morning at 5:30 all through the winter, when my kids were small, I jumped on my stationary bike and pedaled like mad. I rode that Tunturi so much, the odometer actually turned over. But I finally had to give it up – my sciatica was unrelenting. I ran on the weekends, until my IT band got so tight, I was hobbled. Ouch. Oh, and then a stress fracture in my ankle made it tough to do anything but swim, and how could I fit that in with the kids still asleep?
16 years later…
At ALTA, each run screen is performed by a physical therapist specifically trained in movement analysis. As PTs, we see subtle problems that a layperson might miss. And even a subtle problem, repeated over thousands of steps, can create an injury. In just 15 minutes, we will give you ideas to start to correct your running form so you run faster and more efficiently while making you less susceptible to injury.