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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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Formthotics worn and applauded by leading basketball players

7 November 2014 - posted by Formthotics HQ

This season we had the privilege of fitting the Canterbury RAMS basketball team with Formthotics.

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The benefits of Formthotics in cycling and running

30 September 2014 - posted by Rebecca Gifford

Formthotics are my secret weapon; they could be yours too. As a podiatrist and athlete I have experienced first-hand the benefits Formthotics can play in injury prevention, rehabilitation and general performance during sporting activity.

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Scott Molina - triathlon legend shares 3 tips to help minimise injury risk for a long endurance sport career

4 June 2014 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Scott Molina is a world class triathlete legend who started competing professionally in the early 1980s and still actively competes in endurance races today – recently running the 90km Comrades Marathon in South Africa in June 2014. He was born in California and has lived in New Zealand since 1994. Scott shares few words on his early days, his relationship with Formthotics, and words of wisdom on how you too can succeed in the sporting world.

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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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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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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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How long do running shoes last?

1 August 2011 - posted by Formthotics HQ

How long do running shoes last?Many people wonder how long their running shoes will last and when to get new running shoes. We have put together a few points to help you see if you need to replace your running shoes.

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