Plantar fasciitis is an injury that happens when the arch of the foot flattens or falls, creating a flat foot. This causes the thick connective tissue that makes up the arch of the foot and connects the toes to the heel, to stretch tight and become torn, inflamed and swollen. Plantar fasciitis pain can strike [...]
With Spring just around the corner you might be feeling the itch to change things around your house and do some cleaning and rearranging. One of the ways to do this on a budget and with great style and flair is to find the items that you need at an antique fair or store. You [...]
Steve Prefontaine had humble beginnings. It seems implied that he was bullied, and that he found a place to escape with his running. I can relate to this. Somewhere along the way, he was offered an opportunity to run on a team. Somehow, getting rid of his extra energy was appealing. Somewhere [...]
A fracture is a technical term for a broken bone. In fact, the two terms are often used interchangeably. Bones fracture under two usual circumstances: with excessive force on the bone (such as from a twisting injury or a car accident) or from repetitive stress to a specific area over a long period of time [...]
Have you ever had a day (or 3) where you just do not feel like yourself? And all you want to do is Netflix and chill? Maybe you are struggling with something at work or in your family, or maybe there is nothing at all setting it off, and you just do not feel like [...]
You do not have to let mild variances in your climate affect your ability to hike and explore through your town or city. In windy, hot or very cold weather, there are many indoor options to choose from. Local malls, indoor tracks, and some stadiums offer availability and access to certain groups and [...]
Pronation is the way the foot rolls inward when you walk and run. It is part of the natural movement that helps the lower leg deal with shock. Some people pronate more (overpronation) or less (underpronation) than others. If you are an over or under-pronator, it is not the result of an injury, but rather [...]
My first experience to team sports was in my elementary school the first year I moved to Tucson. I was the last picked for the soccer team, being the new guy in town. I soon learned how quickly I could lose my breath, and was determined to climb up the ladder in how [...]
Traveling is such a great experience. It can get you away from your daily grind while giving you bundle of cherished memories to take home with you. And there are so many things to learn and see while visiting a new place. But large cities or landmarks can become intimidating to traveler who are unfamiliar [...]
Few parts of our body are treated as badly as your feet. When we shove them into ill-fitted shoes and high heels, it is little wonder why long hours in those conditions can cause issues. And while many of us push through the pain or try to “make it work”, that can lead to more [...]
Can you feel it? Spring is in the air folks! And as the weather warms up, we will all be looking for fun things to do outside and enjoy the cheery temperatures. A continuing favorite? Gardening. It is a hobby as old as time. We used to have to grow everything or eat only what [...]
I will kick it off with a favorite from Florida, the St. Patrick’s 10k in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is a beautiful time of year to run a 10k, and this climate and area is no exception. One of the great features of this celebration is the Kid’s dash for only five [...]
There may be apprehensions in doing this, as you are comfortable with where you are at, but wonder what it would be like to uninhibitedly experiment with changing your form or training regime. To some, this extra work might seem like…work. Only those who venture on will know for certain whether or not [...]
Metatarsalgia(met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) a mouthful of a name for a common but painful problem. Metatarsalgia refers to a common overuse injury and describes inflammation and ball of foot pain in the metatarsal region of the foot which is the area just before the toes.
Symptoms and Causes
The primary symptom of metatarsalgia is a pain at the end of [...]
Nurses. Retail Workers. Museum Guides. Hairdressers. Mail carriers. The list goes on and on. What do these jobs have in common? They keep you on your feet all day. Millions of people spend all day on their feet— standing, walking, hurrying to get your mail to you, get you your medicine, or help you find [...]
We all know that eating more veggies is good for our health. Vegetables have all kinds of benefits, they are loaded with nutrients which can help with everything from mood control to hormone balance. Vegetables are also loaded with fiber which helps with digestion. It has been well documented that people who eat more vegetables [...]
Ecotourism is a way of traveling that is becoming more and more popular and with all that it has to offer, you might find that this is exactly how you want to spend your next vacation.
If your perfect vacation involves a trip where you strap on your sneakers and explore pristine natural landscapes, eat [...]
A certain race appeals to you. You have plenty of time to train for it. There’s a certain amount of prestige and potential accomplishment associated with this race, so you commit to it. There are plenty of excuses not to race, but you only need one really good reason to follow through.
We don't like to think of our feet as fragile. As a matter of fact, we know that our feet are amazingly good at taking a beating. However, too much of a beating, and too long with the wrong kind of treatment can lead to pain, and chronic injury. For a strong, healthy foundation for [...]
You train as often as you are able to in your busy schedule. Two general choices are running indoor or running in the outdoors. One or the other may be more to your liking depending on your circumstances.
You may live in a colder climate with 3 feet of snow in your neighborhood. Perhaps you live [...]
We have all heard the myriad of warnings and adivce about how too much weight and not enough exercising are two of the biggest health risks facing us today. But are they equally risky or could one of them be worse than the other? It would be easy to assume that a person with less [...]
Have you ever used an app or other technology to track how many steps you are taking each day? It might not seem like much, but walking is a big contributor to physical, emotional and mental health. Whether you spend all day on your feet for your job, or you are deliberately stepping out for [...]
Puffy face, overweight, chronic pain/aching joints, upset digestive system: I am all too familiar with these symptoms. I tried many times on my own, trying to discover the pieces to the puzzle. How could such a small amount of gluten have such an enormous effect? Like many people who have tried on their own, I [...]
Whether you are new to the mat, or a well-known patron of the gym-it is always important to know the do’s and do-not’s of gym hygiene. What you do before, during, and after a workout can affect your health in more ways than one. The equipment and common areas can become very unhygienic over time [...]
The strength of the feet immensely affect the speed at which one can safely run, limited only by any weakness in our own willpower. Strong feet plus strong will equals enduring many wonderful travels. Every step of running is at minimum the equivalent of three times your bodyweight pounding on your feet. Strong feet make [...]
Whether you are travelling for the first time to a new location, or leaving your hometown for the first time ever, eventually wanderlust claims us all. Travel can be an awesome experience and open us up to new cultures. It has also been known to reduce stress and improve well-being. For some, though, travelling can [...]
I understand the refusal that one mentally flashes to when challenged with the idea of increasing strength because it implies only one thing: additional work. When daily tasks seem like plenty of exercise, it is difficult to imagine adding more work.
Fortunately, science supports adding strength training for longevity and health benefits. Increasing strength training can [...]
An individual’s first day of the work week, “Monday,” is the day that one is the most likely to have a heart attack. Learn techniques to help you anticipate stress and divert the weight of this stress for your overall health and longevity.
Maybe you are the “die-hard” who likes to “take it on the chin” [...]
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and everyone is looking for the perfect way to let their partner know just how special they are. We think that travel with your partner is the perfect way to show your partner just how much your appreciate him or her. Travel with a partner is wonderful, it [...]
We are now fully into the depths of winter. Winter is an important time to work on our fitness regime, but it is also a time when the risk of injury can increase. It could come from having to move your workout indoors, it could come from not being as regular about your exercise plan [...]
Your running journal has blank spaces. You don’t know how to add mileage into your already busy schedule. Fortunately, you realize that you have passion within you to seek your end-goal. This is what drives you; it is what brings you back to the table of renegotiating the vision of accomplishment and priorities for yourself [...]
The winter holidays are over. If you are feeling sleepy, lazy, or craving mountains of high-carb foods-you are not alone. Ever heard of the winter blues? Studies say that one in four of us suffer from some sort of dip in mood or productivity during the winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of [...]
If you have ever had foot pain you have probably heard the term plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a strong, thick, band of connective tissue that begins at your heel (the calcaneus bone) and runs all the way to your toes (it connects at the metatarsal bones). The plantar fascia is wide and flat, kind [...]
The winter months can leave you feeling drained and depressed. Getting up early before the sun to scrape your windshield is probably slowly driving you mad. So what better way to beat those winter blues than to take a vacation to a far-off destination with beautiful beaches? The locations below are popular spots for people [...]
Technology has come a long way very fast. Just a few decades ago men, women, and children spent hours working physically outside to earn a living for their families. Now, menial labor is more rare than the desk job, and as a society, our waistlines are bearing the consequences. While those who came before us [...]
So, you made promises to yourself, did you? Did you happen to get interrupted by life challenges? Join the club. The sun shines and the rain pours on everyone. There is no discrimination. Having a preset grid to filter life events helps one to make quick, clear and solid decisions in the midst of any [...]
Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. It may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe. The cause is a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves that connect to your toes.It [...]
Travel. For some, it means fun and exciting places to see, and for others it is just how they go to work every week. Whether you travel once a year or twice a month, you probably have a few aspects of travel that you would like a little help with. The list of apps that [...]
During the month of January, many people have New Year’s resolutions on their minds. And what is one of the most common resolutions? To become healthier! Everyone wants to be healthy, whether it is mentally or physically, and it is no secret that there are many positive benefits of becoming a healthier person. But where [...]
It is a new year! A time for setting new goals, and evaluating your progress on previous ones. The most common goal or resolution of a new year is to become healthier or focus on fitness. For people suffering from foot pain or chronic foot problems, hitting the gym can seem a bit out of [...]
You’ve tried almost everything so far to increase your speed and personal records. You were just about to throw in the towel, but now you are reading this article. You have to decide if you are up for the challenge. I beckon you to read further.
I understand your plight: trying one more method after having [...]
Traveling is one of the great joys of life, but like all things that are truly worthwhile, it does not always go exactly as planned. If you find yourself out of the country and things go wrong the first rule of travel is do not panic.
When it comes to travel preparedness, prevention is the best [...]
We all know what it feels like to get the giggles. One minute something slightly funny happens, and suddenly you are giggling more than you should be and you just can not stop. It may be a little embarrassing if it happens in the wrong place (like at church or in a business meeting), but [...]
The arch of your foot is the area of the foot takes on a huge amount of pressure as you go through your day. The arches of your foot are formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones. You have lots of ligaments and tendons running through the area. The purpose of the arch is to [...]
Stage 2 of training (Increasing Strength) is designed to follow “Stage 1: Increasing Distance” and is meant for those who have already been running for a reasonable period of time. At this stage, I encourage you to add strength on top of your “distance pyramid base.” When faced with life challenges, we can either suit [...]
Travel is one thing that most people wish they did more of. And if you are like the The best thing about travelling is that it is constantly changing. Going to new places, seeing new things is always an exciting experience. And even trekking to a place you have already been can be made new [...]
It is time to listen to your heart! No we are not talking about song lyrics. Your heart is an important part of your body and how it functions, and unfortunately many people do not really think about taking care of it until something goes wrong. But healthcare experts say that the key to good [...]
This article is an overview of the first stage of training: building and increasing your distance base. Establish medical clearance and then set your goals. Specialized training may be necessary for differences in fast and slow twitch muscle fibers, though the same general training program has the potential to work for anyone.
You may be thinking [...]
This year you are going to do it. You have decided to travel more! We are already into the new year, how is your resolution going? Chances are, if you are like many people who set resolutions, you might not be moving on it as well as you would like to. A big part of [...]
With the new year just beginning, a lot of people have made resolutions to start focusing more on their health and trying to lose weight. Wanting to lose weight is nothing new, and there are seemingly endless amounts of advice, diets, and methods of how to go about taking off unwanted pounds. In recent years [...]