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Disability won’t stop Richard Warwick – help him cross the finish line (especially if you are in Wellington)

31 August 2015 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Inspirational Richard Warwick is walking the 2015 New York (NY) marathon in November! We encourage you to support him at the Achilles Wellington gala dinner and charity auction – an event designed to get Achilles NZ disabled athletes to the NY marathon. The event is supported by three of Wellington’s top restaurants and promises an evening of exceptional food, wine, entertainment and premium auction items up for grabs.

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A balancing act – all is not always what it seems

26 August 2015 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Robert* is a fit and active man in his early sixties. A regular at the gym, casual runner and part-time running coach. He presented as a referral after sustaining a mid-shaft 5th metatarsal fracture. An intramedullary screw fixation had been performed. The surgeon had given him the green light to return to activity and considered a podiatry review a good idea.

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Running injury free and a little more ambitious (and see what he wears!) – physiotherapist Jeremy Duggan tells how

15 July 2015 - posted by Formthotics HQ

An active life no longer in pain

Stress fractures, shin splints, knee pain and hamstring strains. All injuries I have encountered in the past, but not the present. As an amateur athlete growing up through the 'olden days' (circa 1990s), there were copious amounts of stress put on my joints as I worked my way up the fitness ladder – from a child playing rounder’s to a 20-something year old in the division hockey finals.

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Minimalist running shoes – what one should you choose?

6 June 2013 - posted by Rebecca Gifford

Right now there is a lot of interest in minimalist shoes and also barefoot running shoes. Most of the shoe companies now have a light, low support shoe aimed helping you to achieve a running technique that is more like running barefoot. The theory being that this is a more natural running style and should mean you are able to run faster with fewer injuries. So are these shoes and this theory right for you? And which shoe should you choose?

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Chris Ross – New Zealand C5 Paracyclist

22 February 2012 - posted by Rebecca Gifford

Aspiring Athlete Chris Ross is a New Zealand Para-cycling Representative. Chris is a below elbow amputee who races in the C5 category, which includes people with upper body disabilities. Chris is still an amateur and is holding his own against numerous pro riders and world champs.

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Does barefoot running really improve foot health and performance?

29 November 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

The issue of barefoot running is one that has gained quite a bit of traction in recent years, particularly since the release of Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. McDougall researches the running techniques of ancient peoples and comes to the conclusion that humans are not naturally born to run in high-tech sports shoes. We wanted to explore if there is more to this story, and does the same principle apply to ‘flat-footed’ urban runners.

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Barefoot running, history and genetics

27 November 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Running barefoot might seem like a “more natural” thing to do, but there are other factors to keep in mind if you have an inclination to follow a back to nature approach.

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Formthotics™ helping cycling coach John Rastrick

26 October 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

John Rastrick is an accomplished athlete with an impressive track record, including membership of the New Zealand Elite track team for several world cups and world champs; member of the Commonwealth Games team that competed in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada, in 1994; multiple National titles, and a World Cup silver medal in the “Team Sprint”event.

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Sports Podiatrist Simon Wheeler uses Formthotics™ on his athletes

20 October 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Simon Wheeler is a Sports Podiatrist, based at Active Health in Christchurch (formally at QEII). Simon is a preferred provider to High Performance Sport NZ, working with many elite NZ sportspeople from a  wide range of professional and amateur sports including rugby, football, triathlon, cycling, cricket and softball over the last 15 years.

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Buying the best shoes for your feet

9 August 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

If you have just been fitted with orthotics or have been having some pain or discomfort in your your feet or legs you should keep the following in mind when shopping for new shoes. Take your orthotics with you when you go shopping. 

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