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Should Skateboarders Use Shoe Insoles?

Should Skateboarders Use Shoe Insoles?

by Maya McLeroy • February 10, 2022

Ollies and kickflips and wallrides, oh my! Skateboarders have extensive lists of tricks in their back pockets. All of these tricks can lead to harsh impact and overuse,  which can in turn lead to various types of foot injuries. Fractures (broken ankles, broken toes, and injured heels) can be the result of bad falls.

8 Best Cities for Runners in the US

8 Best Cities for Runners in the US

by Maya McLeroy • February 03, 2022

San Francisco is a city for runners. With rolling hills, water lapping against the coastlines, and early morning fog, any run you go on here has scenic potential. San Francisco has 16 running clubs, and in 2015, according to Strava, the population ran 12,554 runs per week. San Franciscans can access trails easily, but the running epicenter of the city is Kezar Stadium, also called “The People’s Track,” which has been around for 90 years. Locals also love running in Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, and Lands End Coastal Trail.

Benefits of Walking Barefoot in the Sand

Benefits of Walking Barefoot in the Sand

by Scott Anderson • December 09, 2021

The feeling of taking off your shoes and stepping barefoot into sand is one that many people find comforting. It may feel like your feet are getting a massage with every step. However, walking barefoot in the sand isn’t just about feeling sand between your toes, it has also been shown to have positive health effects.

Do You Need Shoe Inserts?

Do You Need Shoe Inserts?

by Anna Heston • November 04, 2021

If you enter any pharmacy, you will see a variety of shoe insoles for sale. One display rack of insoles might have a dozen or more options to choose from with some inserts targeting certain conditions and others mostly just adding cushion. It can be hard to understand if this product is the right solution for what you are experiencing or if it's better to go without them.

What Shoes Should You Wear in a Gym?

What Shoes Should You Wear in a Gym?

by Scott Anderson • October 21, 2021

Although most gym-goers use just about any shoes to lift weights in a gym, there are shoes that are made for just that purpose. Wearing the wrong type of shoes can do harm.

Heel Blisters while Hiking

Heel Blisters while Hiking

by Scott Anderson • September 30, 2021

Going on a hike can be a really enjoyable activity when things go right, however, nobody has fun when blisters are involved. Heel blisters can stay around for days after the hike, and they make walking a pain. So let's learn about what causes blisters, how to prevent blisters from forming and how to care for blisters before they get too bad.

Leg Exercises in the Gym

Leg Exercises in the Gym

by Scott Anderson • September 23, 2021

With the end of summer, outdoor exercise will be more prohibitive and people will start heading back into the gym, so here are a few leg exercises that may promote muscle growth and strength.

What is Metatarsalgia and how is it treated?

What is Metatarsalgia and how is it treated?

by Scott Anderson • September 16, 2021

Pain in the ball of the foot, which is the spot between the toes and the arch, can be a symptom of metatarsalgia. Its name stems from the five metatarsal bones in the midsection of the feet that connect to the toes. These bones are designed to equally share the weight of walking and daily activities. When their delicate balance is disrupted, metatarsalgia occurs.

Benefits of Treadmills VS Outdoor Running

Benefits of Treadmills VS Outdoor Running

by Scott Anderson • September 02, 2021

Many new runners and seasoned athletes alike have a preference for the way in which they clock up the miles, whether it be outdoors or on a treadmill. While there is no denying that either option is far better than no exercise at all, there are benefits and drawbacks to each of them

No Equipment? No problem. At-home strength workouts to the rescue

Strength Training at Home Without Equipment

by Scott Anderson • August 19, 2021

Adjusting to the new normal of staying home, people also learned they don’t need to invest in an expensive, all-encompassing at-home gym. In fact, many strength workouts can be done in the comfort of one’s own home with no or very little equipment.

3 Best Moderate Hikes in the US

3 Best Moderate Hikes in the US

by Scott Anderson • July 29, 2021

Summer is still going strong, and what better way to enjoy the sun than with a hike? The United States is filled with endless beautiful hikes that are well traveled, but I'm sure you would rather go on a hike with less people. Here are some low-key, moderately rated hikes that you might not have heard of that can be enjoyed year round.

Do Cleats Improve Your Performance?

Do Cleats Improve Your Performance?

by Anna Heston • July 15, 2021

Athletic shoes with spikes sticking out from the sole are known as cleats. They are often seen on soccer and football players but are common in several other sports as well. The point of the spiked shoes is to provide traction on the field, which can become slippery after a rain or just be generally unpredictable as a surface since most fields have natural grass.