Podcast #18: Treadmills, ‘Shrooms & Santa

If you do not split a gut laughing by the time the band plays there is something wrong with you ! Who says gait stuff isn’t entertaining !
Perhaps our best podcast to date ? You decide.

Permalink URL
http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/pod-18-treadmills-shrooms-santa

itunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gait-guys-podcast/id559864138

Topics: Treadmills, neuroreceptors, foot types, hip biomechanixcs, gait cycle

Neuroscience piece link:

http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/3136.html

1. from Eric on our FB page:

a. Had a 9yr old girl for a shoe fitting recently. She had a forefoot valgus, with a rearfoot that is neutral or slightly varus. Fairly high arch and rigid Midfoot for a child that age as well. usually a child’s foot is super flexible so this makes me wonder if it’s a compensation for a true FF varus. How do I tell if he has an anatomic FF valgus vs a compensated version?

b. I asked Blaise Dubois his opinion on Treadmill vs outdoor running and he mentioned that the literature indicates TM’s aren’t much different than outdoor. He cites (Wank 1998). To me, running feels completely different and I can’t run nearly as efficiently on a TM as outdoor. i know some people are the opposite, which i subscribe to specificity of training.

the question i have is what basis do you use for your opinion on different motor patterns? i agree with you, but the literature seems to disagree. this is a piece from cybex so of course it will be “pro-treadmill”, but they quote several studies that concur with Wank… http://media.cybexintl.com/cybexinstitute/research/Truth_on_Fit_Apr10.pdf

hope i’m not sending too many questions. i figure you can ignore them if you have too many from other listeners.

http://media.cybexintl.com/cybexinstitute/research/Truth_on_Fit_Apr10.pdf
media.cybexintl.com
2. On the Hip Bio Pt 6 you mention ext rot leg to gain leg length.  This one has been racking my brain.  I could see how this could happen if the person supinates the foot at the same time, but is there some other external rotating mechanism occurring in the hip that would cause this lengthening?  Thanks,Ryan

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Hi Gait Guys,

I am a chiropractor in South Africa, and find gait, biomechanics and running fascinating…I’m hoping to become a true gait geek one day.Reading your blog has taught me so much, you guys seem to look at gait from every angle and don’t take things at face value.

I would like to find out about your Shoe Fit Certification Program. Can people from outside the USA complete the course? Would I be able to take the exam online? and would it give me any creditation in South Africa

 Hope to hear from you soon.

 Regards, Claire

3. I have been watching your video’s on you tube.  I have a cavus foot in which I have had severe nerve pain, why is the high arch caused by nerve pain?

And would any of your exercises help with my nerve pain

Thanks,Wendy

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4. Hi guys,
Found your youtube channel. Very interesting stuff. Have started reading up on the whole gait cycle. Its very interesting.
I have a quick question that I hope that you can help me with:
Are you aware of any correlation of hip impingement (cam/pincer) in terms of having an irregular gait cycle?
I am suffering from both CAM & PINCER impingement in my right hip. Had surgery in January, but they did not shave sufficiently off the bone, so going back to surgery soon.
I am therefore interested in seeing how surgery possible could help me with bettering my walk and strain on my lower back / leg / foot. And also in terms of looking into some theory on how to retrain myself in walking cycles.
The problem is, that this kind of rehab/research is not available here in Denmark. So would appreciate if you are aware of any research on the above, and would be able to point me in the direction of that.
Thank you – and keep those great videos coming. 🙂
Best,
Terje (Denmark)

Podcast #17: Gait and Magic (and much more !)

Podcast Link:

http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/podcast-17-magic-gait

iTunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gait-guys-podcast/id559864138

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Gait, Magic, Evolution, Foot Types, Stretching, Cases studies…… we have it all on today’s podcast.

Show Links
“How does the brain work ?”
 Nova Science Now
www.video.pbs.org   

buy this NOVA program now ! Educate the world ! :
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Other links for today’s show:

http://www.medlink.com/medlinkcontent.asp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12763089

http://www.ajronline.org/content/184/3/953.full

1. Hi Guys,
I was wondering if you could direct me to a podcast/video or elaborate on how a fast stretch can relax a hypertonic muscle in a practical setting. Can manual stretching techniques like MET be use by altering the technique with a short fast stretch or are you just referring to high velocity low amplitude manipulation? We are often taught to find the barrier apply contraction and then ‘gently’ go to the next barrier. Is this still a good way of activating the GTO’s?Also do you have any further discussion I can check out on GTO’s?

Thanks for your time, Adrian

2. Hello, GAIT Guys!

First I want to thank you for your phenomenal work!
I work alot with athletes and there are so many that have some sort of sole into their shoes. Problem was, pretty much everyone, didn’t get the answer to WHY they needed them. Just the normal “your foot pronates” and frankly, 1 out of 40 got better.
I was driven by the question WHY, searched around in Sweden, attending lectures, orthophaedic clinics etc, but I didn’t get the answers that I was looking for.
Started to look into it deeper for myself, when I found you guys!
Now I want to bring back that knowledge to Sweden, cause frankly.. WE NEED IT!
Can you tell me more about your certification? Is it possible for a Swe to attend and get the certification?
Best Regards
Gabriel
Dr. of Naprapathy from Sweden

3. Hello Drs. Waerlop and Allen. I need some clarification on gait biomechanics. Will using a more “minimalist” running shoe or a shoe with less RF to FF delta help peroneous longus to gain mechanical advantage? If someone has a forefoot varus would recommending a lower ramp shoe be appropriate to help “retrain” the tripod at stance phase? 
John F

4. Another blog question…ivo said in podcast #15 that most people have a forefoot abnormality (during section talking about flares). Any idea Why? Is it skewed toward one way or the other?
After looking at quite a few feet since becoming shoe fit certified, I’ve noticed quite a lot of variation. If I was pressed if say I’ve seem <10% FF valgus and maybe half of the rest each neutral and varus. Is that in the ballpark of what you guys see?
How about rear foot? I feel like I see a lot of rear foot varus but maybe my frame of reference is not accurate? If I was pressed, I’d say 70% varus, 29% neutral, 1% valgus. Does that seem off?
Thanks, Eric J

Category
Educational

Podcast #16: Monkeys, Newton Shoes & Gait Vision

Gait, running, Newton Shoes, Forefoot Strike, Gait Software, limb torsion problems, foot tripod and lots more !

LINK: http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/podcast-16-monkeys-newtons-gait-vision

Join us today for the following topic list and show note links:

Links to DVD’s & e-downloads: http://store.payloadz.com/results/results.asp?m=80204

1- scars of evolution:

Bigfoot blog post:    http://thegaitguys.tumblr.com/day/2011/11/05

Why gait must be taught slowly. Even running gait must be taught slowly.

2- email from a reader

wondering if you had any internal femoral torsion videos? I have been looking online and noticed most of the articles were on children with IFT. I have internal femoral rotation, a “winking patella” and I believe an externally rotated tibia? I am a runner and I am trying to find some more info on my awesome gait:) As you can imagine, I have had my fair share of injuries from running (hip, knee, and foot) and I have tried foam rolling but I am hoping you have some other recommendations

3- The Almighty Foot Tripod exercise – good for pronation of the foot

4- DISCLAIMER: We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors

5- Blog post we liked recently:  Perception/vision and Gait analysis software.

http://thegaitguys.tumblr.com/search/vision

2 blog posts here…….review them before the pod

The Observation Effect:   http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/02/980227055013.htm

6- SHOE TALK:   Skora Shoes
7- Our dvd’s and efile downloads
Are all on payloadz. Link is in the show notes.
Link: http://store.payloadz.com/results/results.asp?m=80204

Podcast #15: Brain Size, Gait and Evolution to Bipedalism

Here is the link to the podcast:

http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/webpage

And it is up on iTunes already.

You don’t want to miss this podcast gang ! Whether you are a runner, walker, trainer, scientist, therapist or just a plain old information junkie, this is a podcast you do not want to miss !

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4- DISCLAIMER:
We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !
6- EMAIL FROM A Blog follower: 
abnewman10 asked you:

Both my big toes planterflex. My right toe has Morton’s toe and elevates when standing in neutral. My left toe elevates and twists inward when standing in neutral – I think I have Rothbarts toe. I have tried two orthotics that drop my big toes and it caused a lot of pain up through my pelvis and back. What are the treatments for Morton’s toe and Rothbart’s toe for the big toe joint – would you use a Morton’s toe joint pad and/or full Morton’s extension? Thank you, Andrea

Podcast #14: Forefoot Strike & Evolution

Podcast #14

Here is the live link:   http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/webpage

iTunes will load it likely by the afternoon. Find it on iTunes through this link:

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1- National Shoe Fit Program and Certification

2- email from a reader
from: Mikkel
I am currently treating a 15-year-old boy who as a child suffered from left sided equinovarus deformity and was operated. His left gastoc/soleus complex is underdeveloped, and he has impaired ankle rocker due to bony limitations anteriorly in the mortise joint causing anterior ankle pain when running and jumping. He has a distinct limp on the left leg due to decreased ROM and pain. He has an inverted calcaneus and forefoot valgus deformity on both feet (left more than right). He pronates heavily through the mid and forefoot to progress forward. Treatment thus far has had limited effect on the pain symptoms. I’ve manually mobilized the tibiotalar joint with posterior glides of the talus + given him exercises to strengthen the anterior compartment.
Would you consider orthotics? I’m thinking stability shoe with medial arch support maybe with a forefoot drop. Normally I would prefer stability and strength training and foot tripod exercises, but due to bone structure I have started to think, this isn’t enough. The pain limits him from running and playing soccer.
How would acupuncture fit into a treatment program in this case? which points could you recommend?
Any additional info and inspiration is welcomed.
kind regards – Mikkel

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_foot

2- Know your foot strike
http://sweatscience.runnersworld.com/2012/10/do-you-know-your-footstrike/

3- Caffeine: A PED ?

http://news.menshealth.com/chew-gum-before-races/2012/04/12/

Chew on this: Caffeinated gum can improve your athletic performance—if you start chewing it at the right moment, finds a new study from Kent State University.

 http://www.energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database

4- DISCLAIMER:We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !

5: more lectures available  on www.onlineCE.com   Go there and look up our lectures

6- EMAIL FROM A Blog follower: 
Why do some muscles go weak and others not ?
First lets talk about tightness vs shortness. We are getting exhausted from always hearing about tight piriformis, psoas hip flexors and IT Bands.
Now, lets define 2 types of weakness…….
a- physiologic /  disuse
b- neurlogic inhibition

7- Our dvd’s and efile downloads
Are all on payloadz. Link is in the show notes.
Link: http://store.payloadz.com/results/results.asp?m=80204

8 – Creatine:
 http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/10/11/creatine-myths-and-facts/

9- The one perfect test for a runner ?
 http://news.menshealth.com/find-your-perfect-running-pace/2012/10/14/
The Talk Test
Researchers for the study put 18 well trained cyclists through two identical fitness tests. In one test they measured the above thresholds with traditional medical equipment. In the second test they asked cyclists to say a paragraph while exercising. What they found was that the cyclists’ “out-of-breathness” matched the thresholds. “From our standpoint, the TT is very useful and almost ‘idiot-proof,’” Foster says.

Podcast #13: Caffeine, Nicotine & Lance

here is the link for podcast 13

http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/webpage

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1- Malcolm gladwells piece on drug doping (PEDs) in sports:

“Gladwell argued that we should think about cycling the same way we think about auto racing — where teams should be rewarded for using science and bending the rules to their breaking point to succeed.
“When you look at what Lance is alleged to have done. Basically he was better than everyone else at using PEDs,” Gladwell said. “He was the guy who sat down and was rigorous and focused and thoughtful and intelligent and cutting edge in how to use them, and apply them and make himself better. Like, I don’t know, so is that a bad thing?”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/malcolm-gladwell-lance-armstrong-2012-10#ixzz29QBKJpAJ

2- Caffeine: A PED ?
Mens health online magazine, also found in our Sunday edition Oct 14th, 2012 newspaper:

http://news.menshealth.com/chew-gum-before-races/2012/04/12/

Chew on this: Caffeinated gum can improve your athletic performance—if you start chewing it at the right moment, finds a new study from Kent State University.

NICOTINE: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/50_hits_of_nicotine
Nicotine has been used in energy drinks in Japan for years.
stimulates the release of acetylcholine, providing a sense of increased energy. Arnold used to do commercials for them.
Nicotine can improve reaction time.
Nicotine can be addictive, much like caffeine. But addiction to nicotine gum, lozenges, or patches is rare, if not unheard of.
MAYO clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2009/apr-24b.html

3- DISCLAIMER:We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !

4: Maryland Guy Running a marathon in flip flops:

“Some of the rules: It can’t be a heal strap. There can’t be any other means to hold the flip flop on your shoe besides just the normal thing between your toes,” Levasseur said. “I don’t know what happens if I get a blowout.”

Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/sports/Man-to-run-Baltimore-marathon-in-flip-flops/-/9379464/16917220/-/remeou/-/index.html#ixzz29QDIyW4d

5-Managing Ankle Sprains:
http://www.running-physio.com/anklesprain/

6- HIIT
 http://www.the15minutes.info/2012/10/12/what-is-hiit-and-what-can-it-do-for-you/

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/anatomyandphysiology/a/Deconditioning.htm
Studies have shown that you can maintain your fitness level even if you need to change or cut back on you exercise for several months. In order to do so, you need to exercise at about 70 percent of your VO2 max at least once per week.

7- EMAIL FROM A Blog follower:

middleagedathlete asked you:
I searched the site and didn’t see anything on bow-leggedness (if that’s a word) and it’s impact on gait. I have mild to moderate bow legs and never even knew it until I started running and it was pointed out to me by a PT I was seeing for knee pain. Is there an optimal (or at a minimum least bad) strategy for running with bow legs? I am 6’0” tall and have a gap of about 2” between my knees when standing with my ankles together and my legs straight. I am curious to hear your thoughts.

8- from the newspaper:
from Barefoot Running University.com
Article: Running up Hill

 http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/2012/10/12/uphill-running-technique/
9- Blog post we liked recently: October 5th, Gait Running and Sound. Are you listening to your body ?
 
 
10- Random topic: Wednesday october 10th Peter larson who runs Runblogger did a review of the following article:

Minimalist Running Results in Fewer Injuries?: Survey Suggests that Traditionally Shod Runners are 3.41 Times More Likely to Get Hurt

we have not gotten through the research article yet but we will, and we will try to address out thoughts on it and pete’s in the next 1-2 podcasts.  We want to make sure our thoughts are heard as well.  We bet Pete did a phenomenal job but we like to see things for ourselves, just like pete does. He is a stickler to details like we are, which is why we like alot of his work.  So, stay tuned !

11- Our dvd’s and efile downloads
Are all on payloadz. Link is in the show notes.
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Podcast #12 : Ice Spikes and Exercise

here is the PODCAST link and show notes. You can also find us on iTunes:

http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/webpage

and here on iTunes (click)

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1- Email from our New Newspaper “the Gait guys daily”:  
“What do to when you cannot run.” – Triathlon.Competitor.com
link: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/10/training/what-to-do-when-you-cant-run_63237

Research suggests that nearly half of all runners experience an injury every year. That’s a whole lot runners sentenced to time off
– so many runners want to still run……Alter G treadmill, pool running
-there are a number of workout alternatives that allow you time to heal without sending you back to square one of your training regimen.
– maintain general fitness, while also providing an important psychological boost
– rowing, nordic ski, swimming, skating (slide boards)
– lateral plane sports for glutes and ankle stability
– reduce injury

2- Winter running on ice……another article on our newspaper:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-guy/The-Best-Running-Solution-for-Icy-Roads-DIY-Sheet-Metal-Screws.html

sheet metal screws
yaktrax
Kohtoola Microspikes,
32 North Stabilicers Sport,
http://icespike.net/  “ICESPIKE™ is like sheet metal screws on STEROIDS
 

3- DISCLAIMER:
We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !

4-  Updates and Sponsor talk:

A-  more lectures available  on www.onlineCE.com   Go there and look up our lectures

 
B- In January we will be taking on sponsors for our podcast.  We have had some interest already but we wanted to work out the quality control issues first. Early in means savings. 
Contact us if you would like to be a sponsor……If we believe your product has value to this listener community we will give you a professional and personalized company or product plug and advertisment.  From our lips to our listeners ears ! 
We will basically expose your product to our international fan base.
 The sponsors will help make our mission possible, defray costs and time to put out this podcast and blog. These things take is away from our practices a little.  Each week we will have 2 center-Stage sponsors . Your sponsorship can run as long as you want.
5- EMAIL FROM A Blog follower: 
Hi Gait Guys,

First of all I really enjoy reading your posts and watching the Youtube clips. They have really helped me in my work.
I have a small question for you if you don’t mind me asking. I’ve noticed on a number of running gait assessments that when viewing from the back the whole foot moves medially whilst the forefoot rotates outwards in some individuals. The knee also moves out to and looks like the hip is externally rotating.
I presume this is not normal (i may be wrong) as the leg needs to recover in a straight line.
My question is why does this happen and if it’s not normal how do you correct it?
I’ve attached a small video for viewing.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards, DAVID

6- Blog READER EMAIL:

 Hi,
I am a 57 year old runner turned triathlete with a long history of soft tissue running injuries.  I read your blog with avid interest for this reason.  .  It sometimes seems that most of the information is weighted more heavily toward the diagnostician rather than the athlete.  That is, more analysis than corrective measures.  I keep reading of problems and saying “by gosh I’ve got that too” and then I am disappointed that the last chapter (what to do about it) is missing and I am left in suspense.   Ideally I would fly to where ever you are and spend some time getting analyzed and diagnosed and then begin treatment.  In the mean time, I was wondering if your could put together a set of maintenance exercises that every runner should do on a regular basis to keep us aligned and running well.  It seems that then, if I found a particular set of exercises difficult, then I would need to focus on those either for stretching and/or strengthening.  The hips, ankles, core, and feet seem to be the source of a lot of problems.

If you are ever in Washington state, let me know!- Sharon

7- Our dvd’s and efile downloads
Are all on payloadz. Link is in the show notes.
Link: http://store.payloadz.com/results/results.asp?m=80204
 
8 – Email from a Blog Reader

9- From a blog reader:

jdawg70 asked us a questions on our tumblr blog page
I think I have external tibial torsion on the right with a dropped arch on that foot and front of hip and groin pain on the left leg. I have had standing x-rays of my pelvis from the chiropractor showing a difference in hip heights of 9mm from left to right, that is, the left being that much higher. I do have lots of pain and digestive problems. I was hoping you could help or advise me. I highly value your opinions

10- From one of our Blog readers who contacted us through the blog:
 My name is Maury. Two years ago I noticed my left foot turning out all the time -walking, standing, exercising, etc. I also had hip pain. Eventually we discovered a labral tear and a torn ligamentum teres in the left hip. I had the repair done arthroscopically February 1st, 2012. It is now August and I am still experiencing the hip/foot turned out. My rotation/mobility/flexibility is fairly equal on both sides. My strength is good. I am at a loss. What can I do about this? Thank you.

11- From another blog reader:
from Sherryb1 on the blog

I think there is a correlation between adducted toes—especially adducted and flexed ip joint toes and abdominal strength/weakness. When balance is difficult, you can usually spot the adducted and flexed IP toes. When you watch someone walking with a little balance inefficiency, often you will find adducted and flexed IP toes. Do you see it as the chicken or the egg? Belly/toes, or toes/belly. And have you seen this and, might you have seen anything in the literature to substantiate it? Thank you

Podcast #11: Walking and Ozzy

http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/podcast-11-walking-and-ozzy

Topics and Show Notes:

– Flips Flops, Walking Biomechanics, Minimalism Shoe Formula

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1- NEUROSCIENCE PIECE: Walking Statistics

2- Email from a Facebook Follower:
Hey guys, I was wondering if you had any links to articles about the effects of open back shoes on gait?  All I can seem to find are articles about flip flops, which I know have the similar effect, however some of my collegues don’t agree with that, so I was hoping to help inform them on the effects of the open back shoes/sandals on gait function.
 Thanks for your time,Tyler

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22185067
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/worst-shoes-for-your-feet?page=3

3- DISCLAIMER:
We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !

4-  Updates and Sponsor talk:

A-  more lectures available  on www.onlineCE.com   Go there and look up our lectures

B- In January we will be taking on sponsors for our podcast.  We have had some interest already but we wanted to work out the quality control issues first. Early in means savings.

Contact us if you would like to be a sponsor……If we believe your product has value to this listener community we will give you a professional and personalized company or product plug and advertisment.  From our lips to our listeners ears ! 
We will basically expose your product to our international fan base.
The sponsors will help make our mission possible, defray costs and time to put out this podcast and blog. These things take is away from our practices a little.  Each week we will have 2 center-Stage sponsors . Your sponsorship can run as long as you want.

5-  Mail from an International Follower of our Blog:

Hi Dr’s,
Im here again. Just a quick question about functional LLD’s again. As you said before, most people who have a LLD are functional, but what causes such an apparent problem? What muscles are affected? Also, what exercises do you do to start to fix a functional LLD?

Thanks again for your reply and the attachment. It would be great if you could put it on a future podcast, I am keeping up with them. I’m a little sad as the first thing I check on facebook each day is what you guys have put on. The seminar over here is still a possibility, I was thinking about coming out to you guys first if that’s a possibility to learn direct? Have you thought about trying to do the fitness conventions? Experts like paul chek, Charles Poliquin, Gary Gray amongst others have been very successful and made a lot of money doing this. Gary Gray has done a huge dvd educational series and offers an internship out of his house, which he does once per year and is always full. I personally know 12 people from this country that have done it. Regarding your comment on facebook, I find the case studies more educational than anything else you put on there as it directly relates to my clients, but I have to keep watching them to fully appreciate what your saying. I can imagine most trainers just want quick fixes and new exercises they can give their clients as they are easy to understand. What are your sales of case studies on the onlice CEC compared to your performance downloads?  I can imagine not as many?   Kind Regards,   Luke

6- EMAIL FROM A Blog follower: 
Dear GaitGuys, on the video “Doing Squats, Lunges as well as Walking and Running using the Big Toe Ineffectively.”, I would like your opinion on the participation of the intrinsic (lumbricals) muscles, in stabilizing the proximal phalanx when we activate the FHL. I would consider it important, would be pleased to hear your opinion on it. Thanks, keep up the good work! Regards,  – Claudio

7- Blog READER EMAIL:
 field100 asked you:
Hi I wondered whether you could point me to the best exercises to increase strength and arch in the foot – I am flat footed. Also would you recommend the use of vivobarefoot shoes or the like to increase overall strength in the foot and ankle. thanks

 8- Blog post we liked recently
Minimalism: Is there a formula?
On one of our many forays into cyberspace, we ran across this easy to understand formula, from one of our friends Blaise Dubois. After we contacted him, he allowed us to reprint it here, for your enjoyment. Thank You Blaise!

Today, we propose a new formula so that you can rate your running shoes on a scale from 1 to 100 (100 being “extremely minimalist” -bare feet- and 1 “extremely maximalist”). The range of variation of your final rating will be more or less 5 points regardless of the comfort criteria, which is subjective. The only thing you need to do is to choose a language, then select the tab of your country at the bottom of the formula page, rate your shoes on the 6 criteria set out and there you go! Please note that we have used average values for criteria to which you don’t have the information. The multiple formats of the formula for every country are represented in accordance with their measuring system, currency and the average selling price of a running shoe for each of these countries.

As for health professionals and scientists, you will see that weighting factors have been applied to all criteria as a function of their importance, which is their effect on the body (biomechanics, tissue adaptation, etc.)
You can now rate your running shoes based upon The Running Clinic’s “TRC Rating” methodology!

12 – Email from a Blog Reader

hoblingoblin asked you:
I have a very strange gait problem that has caused me a great deal of problems in my everyday life. I get a painful, loud snap somewhere in my tarsal tunnel (Post tib, FDL, or something) as I try to control my foot descent from heel strike to midstance and also sometimes as I try to plantar flex at toe off. My ankle also feels kinda loose. I’ve seen multiple ankle specialists who don’t really have answers for me. Any thoughts?        

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Educational

Podcast #10: In the Running.

Podcast #10 is Live !

*Call to action ! If you like this podcast, think of some friends and colleagues who might enjoy it…… and consider sending it their way !

This link will get you a nicely laid out “show notes” and pod player.

http://thegaitguys.libsyn.com/webpage/podcast-10-in-the-running

and this one will get you to the show player of ALL of our podcasts.
http://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/thegaitguys

Here are the show liner notes:

Payloadz link for our DVD’s and efile downloads: http://store.payloadz.com/results/results.asp?m=80204

1- NEUROSCIENCE PIECE: In the Running. Much thanks to our friends Nadia, Jennifer, Jad and Robert over at www.radiolab.org and “Radiolab: The Podcast” over on iTunes for giving us written permission to reproduce this awesome podcast named “Shorts: in the Running” from April 2011. Please visit their website. It is awesome !

2- Email from a Facebook Follower:

Hi there – I did a google search for “turned out foot” and came across your youtube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DE5VPxJOMU  I have this issue but I don’t think it is from a weak glut (although possibly could be, not sure). In the text, it mentions “looking at another case” as well as more info about this on your blog but I’m having trouble finding it. could you refer me to the right page? Also, where are you located?
thanks for the informative blog!!- Kim

3- DISCLAIMER:
We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !

4-  Updates and Sponsor talk:
A-  more lectures available  on www.onlineCE.com   Go there and look up our lectures
 
B- In January we will be taking on sponsors for our podcast.  We have had some interest already but we wanted to work out the quality control issues first. Early in means savings. 
Contact us if you would like to be a sponsor……If we believe your product has value to this listener community we will give you a professional and personalized company or product plug and advertisment.  From our lips to our listeners ears ! 
We will basically expose your product to our international fan base.
 The sponsors will help make our mission possible, defray costs and time to put out this podcast and blog. These things take is away from our practices a little.  Each week we will have 2 center-Stage sponsors . Your sponsorship can run as long as you want.

5-  Mail from an International Follower of our Blog:
Hi there,
I was hoping you might settle a debate I had with a physiotherapist about the efficiency of movement.

I argued that a running gait is a more efficient way of moving over distance because of less vertical ground reactive forces acting on the body during a running gait. I concluded that our natural environment requires us to run rather than walk as predation of non-sebatious hominids gives us the advantage of stamina rather than explosive speed.
The counter argument was that walking generates less metabolic demand therefore increases efficiency of movement. But I don’t think this is true in terms of calories/mile.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks! -Jesse, Luxumborg

http://www.runningplanet.com/training/running-versus-walking.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1283673/

running on feet: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100212092304.htm

6- EMAIL FROM A COACH: 
Do all the running form clinics have value ? It seems that you can teach someone what they believe is better form, but what if they do not have the anatomy to embrace that form you have taught ? What if they are weak in that form, might they build a compensation in that new form ?  It seems to me that merely adopting an apparently better running form does not necessarily mean one will be less injury prone.
-Thx Anonymous

TGG: midfoot strike, avoid heel strike.
Our beef is that No, not one, running form clinic we have seen talks about your anatomy such as”

– know your foot type
-know if you have tib torsion or torsional issues that will challenge patellar tracking and glute use (versions)
– know what your ankle rocker is like
– can you adopt forefoot strike ? midfoot strike?
– can you go into minimalism ? Ankle rocker ?  (patient with fusion)

vimeo: http://vimeo.com/40442384
by NakedRunnersTV Plus 5 months ago. An insight into the thoughts & experiences related to running & running barefoot, by Kenyan-based running coach, Rob Higley. Taken from the evening seminar held in Newcastle’s E10 (Hamilton Baptist) Church in Feb, 2012.

7- READER EMAIL:
    My name is Robert and am retired from the Navy.  I have chronic dorsal foot pain on my left foot and am tired of dealing with Podiatrists and Orthopedic doctors who just want to put you in orthotics.  I no longer wear orthotics just the Prokinetic 6mm inserts.  I have become extremely interested in your posts and would like to seek further help.  I live in the upstate SC and my question is could you direct me to a doctor that utilizes your techniques and would be in close proximity to my location.  I have some pretty interesting feet that I’ve ignored for far too long and am now paying the price.  Just from watching your video’s I have multiple issues that I need to address, I just don’t know how. (Collapsed arch and Mallet Toe on left foot,  Hammer Toes, Crossover Toe (No Bunion yet), Splayed 4th & 5th Meta on the right foot). I have Morton Foot Anatomy with 1st MPJ being about ½ inch shorter than 2nd meta.  All this together with low back pain, neck pain, forward head posture, and I waddle when I walk.  I’m really looking for someone to help me put it all together so I can figure out how to fix myself.  Getting a lot harder to run around with my 10 year old boy.  Any referrals or help would be greatly appreciated.

8- Blog post we liked recently:

The Pedograph

09- Our dvd’s and efile downloads
Are all on payloadz. Link is in the show notes.
Link: http://store.payloadz.com/results/results.asp?m=80204
 

10 – Email from a Field Doctor
Hi guys,
Do you have any clever exercises for getting someone to initiate swing phase with abs instead of psoas?
I wanted to check and see if you had any suggestions.
Hope you’re well!
We withheld the name

OUR RESPONSE:

1- first trick is to make sure they can supinate the stance foot and initiate external rotation from lower in the stance leg
2- make sure all external rotators are available……otherwise the hip-pelvis and abdominals will not get the clean signal to prepare
3- look for any functional or anatomical limitations to #1 and #2……such as forefoot varus, valgus, sustained pronation issues, genu valgus etc……
4- seated marches……..  sit in neutral spine/neutral pelvis…..ie. neutral lordosis……sit on two points of ischeal tuberosities……..hands in front like frankenstein…….. press one foot into the ground while the other thigh is lifted…….this must be done on an exhale to help drop the ribcage…….be sure the lift leg thigh does not rock back the pelvis on that side or lose the lordosis.  Doctor finger on the lordosis will queue them not to change spine angle……..if they do it right they will feel the lower abdominal fire first…….if they lose the pelvis or lordosis (ie. let them drop into lumbar kyphosis slump) they will only feel the hip flexor and quad lifting the leg which for most is easier but wrong
5- add challenge………put hands over head and repeat…..
6- pray  🙂

The Gait Guys Podcast #9: The Essex Swagger & The City Walkers

Podcast #9 is Live !

*Call to action ! If you like this podcast, think of some friends and colleagues who might enjoy it…… and consider sending it their way !

This link will get you a nicely laid out “show notes” and pod player.
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This one will get you to the show player of ALL of our podcasts.
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Here are the show liner notes:

1- NEUROSCIENCE PIECE:

People walk differently all around the world. We talked about this in our  blog piece “Essex Swagger” and you can find that here at

http://thegaitguys.tumblr.com/search/essex+swagger.  
Did you know that you can predict how much crime is in a city from how people walk ? How many libraries in a city from how you walk ? A cities economy ? Income, wages, number of patents, restaurants, number of colleges ? 
So, when we heard this episode at Radiolab we had to call them up and ask if we could play for you a part of their piece “Cities”.  Give this a listen and enjoy the beauty of this great episode of Radiolab.  Thanks to Jennifer and Nadia, Jad and Richard at Radiolab for giving us permission to play this piece for you !  Enjoy !
“Cities” on RADIOLAB. You can find it at  http://www.radiolab.org/  . Click on PODCASTS and look for “Cities” from Season 8 in their Archives section to enjoy the entire excellent podcast.
2- Email from a Reader: I’m a 2nd year graduate Physiotherapist in New Zealand who has a great amount of interest in lower limb bio-mechanics. I have done some advanced clinical pilates training but I am struggling to find any good learning resources or courses in this country on biomechanics. I’ve seen all your youtube videos and I am aware you have a few DVD’s out.

I’m looking for a good base level DVD that cover foot types, strategies and adaptations, ankle rocker and a few case studies. Would you be able to point me toward one or two of yours as ive found your videos very helpful and I’m keen to learn much more from the gait guys.
Cheers, Sam
(as well as the doc from the UK who had the same question)

3- DISCLAIMER:
We are not your doctors so anything you hear here should not be taken as medical advice. For that you need to visit YOUR doctors and ask them the questions. We have not examined you, we do not know you, we know very little about your medical status. So, do not hold us responsible for taking our advice when we have just told you not to !  Again, we are NOT your doctors !

4- Morton’s toe: the chicken or the egg ? 

5-  Mail from an International Follower of our Blog
Hi Gait Guys, My problems are in both knees (valgum) and also neck and spine (i have neck surgery of herniated disc), my whole structure body is really flexible, hypermobility, with really high arches i grew up with really tight shoes, but my arch goes down and up, deppending surface or shoe or orthotics, i know they told me my problem comes from my feet, but i haven´t found the correct orthotic devices or shoes to wear, and be suppinating, i have my bones x-rays and magnetic ressonance of both knees…

I dream to  run again or play soccer. i am sending you some videos and pictures about my feet, they are really flexible and were grown in very tight shoes, so now every shoe and orthotic or combination of both give me really different postures, sometimes my knees get fixed but not my spine, and sometimes the other way. But i haven´t found the correct combination, my knees became operated because the outside cartilage of femur was smashed (grade 4 in left), on right knee less but the same, because knees in X form (valgum), also my neck has a surgery with fusion of two vertebras, often with pain in neck and also in arms. Whatever you tell me, i will fix how to do it, i want to try everything before giving up, because is not life for me at the age of 34.
Tnanks!!!

Eduardo, Guadalajara
6- EMAIL FROM A COACH: 
what does it say about shoe companies, and us for that matter when shoe reps start calling us to ask us questions about their companies product !!!!!
7- READER EMAIL

Hi Guys,  I’ve been watching your videos and attempting to correct issues with
my gait.  Thanks to your videos and blog, I’ve learned that the
cross-over gait is horribly wrong and inefficient and I’ve been
working to correct that.

My email to you today is about muscle tightness.  I watched this video
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LHK8oj8fdjM)
but would like more information on how to correct my tightness.  Like
the example in the video, my hamstrings are tight.  So are my calves.
 As a result, I can not touch my toes, and I’m experiencing top of
foot pain on my left foot that seems to be related to tightness in my
calves.   I had an xray and MRI that show no signs of stress fracture
or other cause for concern in my foot.  When I take extra time to
stretch my calves (by dropping my heels off a step) or by rolling them
with The Stick, the symptoms subside.   If I go a few days without
doing these stretches/rolls, then it comes back.
Is this a sign of weakness on the complementary muscles?  Or do I
really need to work on stretching these muscles 20-30 minutes at a
time? Thanks for your help, – Craig

8- WORKSHOPS

Hi guys,  Greetings from Malaysia. I’m a second year Chiropractic student and watched some of your video clips..they are very informative. Do you have plans to run workshops in this side of the world perhaps (Aust/NZ/UK)?
By the way, have you met any Rolfers? I am a bit confused as they claim to do gait analysis and be able to spot areas of tension, etc.
 Thank you for your time.
 Kind regards, Ben
9- SHOE TALK:

Mountain Chang…….Primal Professional, barefoot dress shoe.
 about.me/mtnevan
http://www.mtnevan.com/

How’s it going guys? Metal toe taps and heel caps just came on my radar as an accessory used to extend to life of fancy dress shoe soles. What’s your opinion on and/or experience with these? Thanks in advance!
– Mountain