Plantar Plate Tear

Plantar Plate Tear are a common problem causing pain in the forefoot.

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This is a massage tool with ribs or ridges that you roll the foot over. It was designed by a podiatrist. Many people find it helpful for plantar fasciitis and those feet that are tired at the end of the day.

Using the Pediroller.


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Does the PediRoller massager really help?
Buy the PediRoller 
Self Massage for Plantar Fasciitis (Plantar heel pain)
Foam rolling for plantar fasciitis
What does the science supporting foam rolling say?

Bunion Correctors

These are a splint or brace that you wear at night that are supposed to correct bunions. There is some debate if they do correct them or not, but the research shows that they can improve the angle of the big toe by a few degrees after a month of use.

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Do bunion correctors work?
Do Bunion Correctors Work?
Do the “Bunion Correctors” actually work?
The Bunion Correctors
Bunion corrector gullibility
The bunion correctors – do they work?

Archie Arch Support Thongs

These are a uniquely Australian product where they call flip flops thongs! They are popular and widely used. Many podiatry clinics stock and sell the arch support thongs

Archie Arch Support Thongs

They are most widely used as they are just comfortable, but also used as an alternative and adjunct to using foot orthotics.

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Thongs … only in Australia
Archies Thongs are selling themselves
Archies Arch Support Thongs
Archies Arch Support Thongs
What about the Archies arch support thongs?

The Short Foot Exercise

The short foot exercise is commonly used to treat flat or pronated feet, but there is very little evidence to support it use

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Short Foot Exercise (Podiatry Arena)
Short Foot Exercise (PodiaPaedia)
Short Foot Exercise (Foot Info)
Short Foot Exercise (Podiatry Online)

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running was a fad a few years ago. It was somewhat controversial due to all the claims that were made for. It turned out once the science was done, the benefits were just not there and runners have lost interest in it.

Most Useful Resources:
Podiatry and Barefoot Running (PodiaPaedia)
Barefoot Running Threads (Podiatry Arena)
Barefoot Running (Podiatry TV)
Barefoot Running (Foot Health Forum)
What evidence is there that ‘barefoot’ running is better to reduce injury risk? (Running Research Junkie)
Barefoot Running is Bad (Barefoot Running is Bad)
My Advice for Barefoot Running Injury (Running Injury Advice)

Ball of Foot Pain

Pain in the ball of the foot can be many different things, ranging from a plantar plate dysfunction, to a stress fracture to a mortons neuroma. Sometime the differential is easy and sometimes it is difficult. Getting it right is so important as each cause of ball-of-foot-pain has a different treatment.

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Ball of Foot Pain (PodiaPaedia)
Pain on the Ball of the Foot (Foot Health Friday)
Ball of Foot Pain (Foot Health Forum)