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  • Writer's pictureDiane Barker

  • Writer's pictureDiane Barker

Learn about the vital role of foot strength, function, and health in human movement and well-being

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  • Anatomy of the rear foot and midfoot [10:15];

  • The development of flat feet, the impact of footwear, and the benefits of going barefoot [19:45];

  • Anatomy of the forefoot, common injuries, and why most injuries occur in the forefoot [23:15];

  • Foot musculature and its role in maintaining foot stability and preventing deformities like bunions and hammer toes [30:15];

  • The intrinsic musculature of the foot, plantar fasciitis, footwear, and more [39:00];

  • Plantar fasciitis: diagnosis, causes, and treatment [51:30];

  • Posterior leg muscles: strength assessment methods, role in ACL injuries, and more  [59:15];

  • Lateral and medial muscles: ankle stability, arch support, big toe stabilization, and exercises to strengthen and prevent injuries [1:04:15];

  • Importance of strength of lower leg muscles for gait and preventing shin splints, stress injuries, and more [1:08:15];

  • Tendinopathies and other common pathologies related to the anterior and lateral compartments of the foot [1:13:00];

  • The importance of midfoot integrity, ankle dorsiflexion, and a discussion of gait alterations [1:19:45];

  • Proximal stability and its implications for posture and movement patterns [1:27:00];

  • The age-related decline in foot sensation and strength [1:32:45];

  • Common toe injuries, treatment, and how to prevent further progression of the injury [1:36:30];

  • Preventing falls and managing arthritis with proactive foot care and exercises [1:46:45];

  • Footwear: advice for picking shoes that promote foot health [1:54:45];

  • Footwear for runners [2:05:30];

  • The importance of prioritizing footwear that promotes natural foot movement and strength while considering individual comfort and foot health needs [2:09:30]; and

  • Writer's pictureDiane Barker

Well-spaced toes are the new fitness flex.

Read the news in the The Wall Street Journal

For those of us who wear cramped shoes all day, gaps between our toes can be just as hard to attain as a six-pack. Like a strong core, healthy feet are crucial for balance and stability.

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