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  • Ballet flats are back. Here's what the research says about how they affect your feet

    Ballet flat shoes—those thin-heeled lightweight slip-on shoes—are making a fashion comeback. And it's not hard to see why: they're versatile, easy to wear, soft, flexible and often worn by celebrities.

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  • Dorsiflexion: Why is It Important?

    Although you might not think about them often, your ankles are very important to your ability to move. Ankle dorsiflexion is an important movement for efficient walking and running, balance, and sports performance. Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in improving dorsiflexion and will be discussed in this article.

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  • 3 Stretches to Do Right Now if You’re on Your Feet All Day

    If you stand or are on your feet for the majority of the day, these exercises will give your muscles some much-needed relief.

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  • Healing a Sprained Foot

    A sprained foot happens when the ligaments that connect your foot bones stretch or tear. This injury often occurs during sports activities when the foot is planted on the ground but the body twists.1 Sprains range in severity and are treated based on the extent of tissue damage.

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  • What Is Proper Walking Form? Expert Tips on Posture, Foot Placement, and Shoe Choice

    Though walking is a very low-impact, low-risk activity, you still want to make sure you’re using the proper form to avoid any potential injuries.

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  • Achilles Tendon Stretches and Strength Exercises

    Given the importance of the Achilles tendon, stretching and strengthening of the tendon and surrounding calf muscles are crucial for both the prevention of injuries and during the rehab process.

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  • Achilles tendinitis: What is it, and what are the treatments?

    Chronic tendon issues are a frequent source of pain and can limit activity. They become more common with age, weight and certain activities, and early and appropriate diagnosis by a doctor is critical to get the best outcomes.

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  • 8 Stretches That Target RA Foot and Ankle Pain

    While it’s important to address treatment needs with your doctor first, “stretching can help maintain joint mobility and reduce stiffness and pain associated with RA,” says Nicola Banger, a physical therapist who works with RA patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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  • When Plantar Fasciitis Is So Bad You Can t Walk

    Muscle weakness caused by stroke, cerebral palsy, and other conditions (especially injuries) can lead to plantar flexion weakness.1 You can rebuild strength and range of motion over time by practicing stretches and plantar flexion exercises.

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  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Test: Diagnosis and Treatment

    The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, also known as the calcaneus. If the Achilles tendon ruptures, a specific test can be done — the Achilles tendon rupture test, also called the Thompson test or calf squeeze test. Since the Achilles tendon is essential for walking and running, a tear necessitates starting treatment as soon as possible.

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