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Why Natural Toe Splay is Important for Runners

Why Natural Toe Splay is Important for Runners

Natural toe splay is the way your toes naturally space out and lay when not confined by tight shoes or socks. Some shoes and socks squeeze the toes into a tighter space that restrains the way they would and should naturally lay, which can eventually affect your balance.
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Day in the life as someone who is Pickleball-obsessed

Day in the life as someone who is Pickleball-obsessed

I’ll never forget my first game of pickleball. I was visiting friends in Austin. We were at a restaurant and it had an outdoor pickleball court (and yes those do exist). 
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How do Plantar Fasciitis socks and sleeves work?

How do Plantar Fasciitis socks and sleeves work?

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of foot and heel pain which can be brought on by activities such as running, consistent standing on your feet for long periods of time, or other repetitive motions that put pressure on the arch of your foot.
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How to return to exercise safely after injury

Two common scenarios happen when returning to training following an injury: one, you remember where you were before your injury and jump right back into it, or two, you plan to resume workouts at a shorter distance or use lighter weights, but when you feel good, you decide on the fly to increase.
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woman running in the desert while wearing OS1st compression calf sleeves

How to prevent running injuries

Injuries are a frustrating part of sport (and life) that show up as chronic-type injuries when you have no clue what caused it or traumatic-type injuries when it was inevitable in the moment. I have dealt with both types of injuries personally and as a physical therapist helping athletes sort it all out.
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Holiday stockings

Holiday Gift Guide: How to gift the perfect socks

There was a time when socks were considered unthoughtful, utilitarian gifts. But, that was before the days of performance socks with purposeful design meant to do more than get lost in your dryer. 
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How to prevent Pickleball injury

How to prevent Pickleball injury

Injuries such as ankle strain, Achilles tendon strain (back of the ankle), heel bruise, wrist fracture, knee, hamstring, groin, quad strain or shoulder strain are common to the Pickleball community. In addition, pickleball players should consider themselves at risk of injury for a few reasons.
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Pon Somnhot on a trail race

What it takes to run the oldest 100-mile trail race

Every ultra-runner has their own story of how they got to the start line of a race with a course longer than a marathon distance, and the runners of the world’s oldest 100 mile trail race, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, are no exception. 
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Lady using a foam roller to relieve muscles

How To Properly Foam Roll

Foam rolling may be the tool that you are missing in your daily routine. It provides relief to muscle stiffness and tightness, which allows you to be ready for your next workout. They come in all different shapes and sizes which makes them versatile and easy to use. To make the Foam roller even better, they are relatively cheap and will last a long time if they are properly cared for. Is it time for you to enjoy the benefits of a new foam roller?
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Exercising a sprained ankle

4 Exercises for Sprained Ankle Recovery

If you’ve been diagnosed with a grade 1 ankle sprain, you can perform some at home interventions and stretches to aid your body’s natural healing process. The alphabet exercise is a good warm up to help get your injured ankle prepared for the towel scrunch (strengthens ancillary muscles in the foot), the towel stretch (to help loosen up stiffness in the area), and the toe and heel raise (to work the muscles and ligaments surrounding the ankle).
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Man pictured with the words quad, hamstring, calf, and air squats.

Knee Stretching Made Easy

Knee health is important as you use your knees everyday all day. If you are currently experiencing knee pain or you want to avoid knee pain in the future these stretches will help. The reason that you should stretch out your quad, hamstring, and calf muscles is because they can sometimes be connected to the pain. While those stretches will help relieve some of the pain in the knee, a strengthening exercise is required. Bodyweight squats are great for this, as they put little to no pressure on the knee and they help improve mobility.
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Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

Hydration is often times overlooked. Too many people fall victim to the mistakes of poor water intake and lack of preparation. In order to make sure that you don’t fall victim to the same fate as 75% of Americans it is important to follow these steps. First, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Second, eat foods that are rich in water content and can therefore help you stay hydrated. Lastly, avoid direct sunlight and try to stay in the shade if at all possible.
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