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Help Keep the 50km Race Walk in the Olympics

Patient and competitive race walker Paul DeMeester has been rigorously training to qualify for the 50km Race Walk Olympic Team Trials.

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On 4/12/17 the IAAF will be meeting to vote on whether or not to abolish the men’s 50km race walk at the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships and the 20km race walk moving to a half-marathon distance (21.1km). As supporters of these events, we should not, and cannot let this happen.

Please join us and sign your name on the attached petition to join the fight to save these historic, Olympic events.

https://www.change.org/p/ioc-iaaf-keep-the-50km-race-walk-in-the-olympics?recruiter=705740714&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

Warmest regards,

Dr. Jenny Sanders

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Cycling Shoe Brand Review – DZR

JC came in with a pair of DZR shoes today to be worn with his new custom orthotics, and I’ve got to say I’m impressed. Designed as an Urban Cycling Shoe, DZR is hip enough to wear even if you don’t cycle.

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DZR has the style of a skater shoe, without added forefoot flexibility — which is great for hallux limitus, sesamoiditis and metatarsalgia. For cycling, the outsole can be modified to accept Shimano SPD cleats for a clipless pedal ride, as the following video shows. Ingenious.

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Tennis and Bunions — Nike Zoom Vapor 9

Finding a tennis/court shoe to accommodate a wide foot with a bunion, is no easy task. Fortunately, Nike Zoom Vapor 9, is just that shoe. Although sized for the male foot, it will work for women, size 7 and beyond.  If you are a woman with a size 7 foot, order size 6 men’s which is the equivalent size. Now, on to the features that make this such an outstanding shoe.

  • Mesh near the bump — Most tennis-specific shoes have an entirely leather upper with reinforced trim and/or stitching over the bunion area. Zoom Vapor 9 has mesh, which allows for a wide forefoot and expansion over the bunion area.

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  • Not only does this feature help to decrease pressure along the bunion, it also helps for those players having hammertoes. Beyond that, mesh makes this shoe lightweight and more responsive for being on your toes.

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  • Wide waist — Tennis players with a wide forefoot, arch collapse and excessive pronation need support, especially mid-arch. Zoom Vapor 9 doesn’t hourglass in at the waist — and that provides stability and maximum support.

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  • Torsional stability — Tennis is a sport with lots of side-to-side motion, primarily on the forefoot. Because of this, the shoe needs to be stable lengthwise, which Zoom Vapor 9 is.

All in all, this is a terrific shoe. If you have a wide foot — with or without a bunion and/or hammertoes — then you will want to check this model out.

Altra ZeroDrop Responds to Instinct Shoe Review

I previously posted a review on Altra Instinct and was contacted by AltraZeroDrop as follows:

“Interesting review. A couple of things as I consider what is being said here. First, The Instinct is a neutral shoe and is sold as such. The Brooks Adrenaline is a motion control shoe. To compare the two with a pronator is not a fair comparison. To look at an Altra shoe that offers some pronation support please check out The Provision. This runner obviously needs some medial support and thus The Instinct may not be the best option right off the bat. As they strengthen their feet over time maybe.”

My reviews are based on the shoes that runners wear in, and the Instinct is the only shoe I’ve seen from Altra. In this runner’s case, he purchased the Instinct based on it’s “wider,” more supportive appearance, only to develop forefoot pain.

Altra’s website promotes Altra zero-drop footwear as “reducing forefoot pain, excessive pronation, IT Band pain, runners knee and shin-splints.” These claims are made independent of Altra model or style, but are instead specific to the zero-drop platform. So, based on these general design claims, this particular shoe should have worked for this particular runner.

My primary goal for doing shoe reviews is to reduce injury by educating runners about their foot type and alignment, and teaching them how to apply this to their shoe purchases. I agree that runners need to match their foot type (pronated, wide, etc.) to their shoes and I’m pleased that Altra offers a stability model.

I have asked Altra to send me a pair for review. I’ll keep you posted.

 

How To Tell When Your Athletic Shoes Are Worn Out

At least once a day, I’m asked “how do I know when my athletic shoes are worn out?”. If you go to a running shoe store, you will be told a pair of running shoes will last 300-500 miles. This is a terrible recommendation. What if you only work out at the gym on the Elliptical Machine or StairMaster? How long will your shoes last then? What if you walk or hike and don’t run at all?

A better way to determine wear is to check your own shoes – regularly. Below is a video I created which takes you step by step through the process of evaluating athletic shoes for excessive wear. Learning how to do this will save, time, money and potential injury.

Zappos.com Tutorial

I have been using Zappos.com for several years now and I recommend all of my patients use this site when shoe shopping. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate and you can’t beat the free shipping option.

This video highlights a few of the features I especially like.

Shoe Review – Nike Zoom Kobe VI Basketball

Basketball shoes can be a challenge because they typically don’t come in widths other than medium and tend to run wide, making it all but impossible to fit a narrow foot. Nike Zoom Kobe VI is an unexpected exception. In addition to a narrower last than most basketball shoes, it’s also extremely stable.

Another plus is the insole waist of the Kobe VI doesn’t hourglass providing a more supportive foundation for a pronated foot.

With an inflexible forefoot sole, torsional stability and a firm heel counter, this court shoe rivals some of the most stable running shoes available, which truly is an exception to the rule.

My only minor reservation with this shoe is that it’s a mid-top style and not a “true” high-top which may exacerbate ankle instability. This is easily remedied however, by wearing an ankle brace during play. If you remove the sock liner, there will be more than enough room to accommodate any additional tightness an ankle brace or custom orthotic might cause.