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Arch Support

Arch Support
Ray McClanahan, D.P.M.

Since much of the current treatment for foot and ankle disorders is centered on supporting the arch, we thought it would be helpful to discuss what arch support really means and discuss whether it is necessary or desired in the active foot.

 

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Why Consider Foot Strike?

Humans and our recent ancestors have been accomplished endurance runners for more than a million years (Bramble and Lieberman, 2004). Our endurance running abilities may have evolved to enable our ancestors to engage in persistence hunting long before the comparatively recent invention of projectile technologies used for hunting purposes (Carrier, 1984; Lieberman et al., 2009).

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Why do different foot strikes matter?

Why do different foot strikes matter? Derek H. Kim DPT

Daniel Lieberman’s study on the difference between heel striking and forefoot striking shows why a large collision is generated when heel striking and why such a small collision is generated when forefoot striking.

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