The Spring Loaded Enko Running Shoes

The most recent entrant in to the running shoe marketplace is a unique shoe from Enko. These unique athletic shoes from France were initially promoted in late 2014 and created via a crowd financing project at Indiegogo at the beginning of 2015.

This footwear features mechanical spring loaded pieces which are included in the sole. This particular design provides the shoe with additional shock absorption and energy return. This is believed to help increase comfort along with running economy. The springs are interchangeable and are calculated depending on the weight of the athlete. Data supplied by Enko report that the gains provided by the shock absorbers when it comes to mechanical energy is somewhere between 6% and 14% according to the pace of the athlete.

It is not apparent if the Enko footwear will likely be broadly used at this point, however, some issues have been expressed concerning the structure and how it may affect the running biomechanics.

Austin Bunionectomy Surgery for Bunions

Bunions, or more accurately, hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus occurs in numerous shapes or forms. The condition is one of an enlargement of the great toe or hallux joint of the foot (bunion) and an pointing over of the great toe sideways toward the smaller toes (abduction and valgus). They become painful due to arthritis like symptoms from the deviation of the big toe or hallux and also from strain on the lump of the bunion from the footwear. They’re one of the most frequent reasons for pain in the feet and are caused by a mixture of inherited attributes, weak biomechanics and also shoe fitting problems. Whilst there are non-surgical options like pads, splints, adequate shoe fitting, exercises and pain alleviation medication that can be used, they cannot make the bunion go away nor align the bunion in the longer term. Usually surgery is the only long term means to fix bunions or hallux valgus. Nonetheless, unless the actual cause of the bunion has been dealt with at the same time there exists a risk that it may occur again.

There are numerous joints and bones mixed up in development of bunions and each case is different as differing degrees of each bone and joint are involved. This means that the surgical correction has to be directed at the bone or joint that is involved. If the big toe joint is just involved, then a simple removal of the enlarged bone is perhaps all that is needed. If the angle of differing bones are a issue, then a wedge needs to be taken out of the bone and the bone reset. There are so many different approaches to undertaking that and it’s been believed that this condition has more surgical options for it in comparison to all other conditions!

The Austin bunionectomy is just one kind of surgery. This procedure involves taking off the lump of bone and taking a v out of the head of the 1st metatarsal to realign it and maintain it in position with a screw so it can heal. A special shoe or boot will have to be worn throughout the first few weeks following the procedure and return to your normal shoes after around 4 weeks. It usually requires around 8 weeks to return to full activity levels after this procedure.

The new Metarun running shoe from Adidas

The ASICs Corporation is one of the most well-known and widely used athletic shoes available on the market. Like every running shoe brand they always innovate to maintain that market leading position. Asics currently have a variety of athletic shoes with different versions in an attempt to meet the requirements of a wide range of athletes. Each of those models is often updated. Asics recently created a different model to the range, the Metarun. Very little was at first known about the footwear, simply a taster online video on the Asics website and a countdown clock ticking down to a unveiling on November 12 2015. When the clock arrived at zero a tweet was dispatched by the company to a video that revealed further information and the website was refreshed with more on the Metarun. Asics certainly claiming that this is their best ever athletic shoe.

The running shoe goes against the current tendencies of less gadgets and features in running shoes, adding several designs which have patents attached to them. The midsole, termed FlyteFoam, is their lightest and most sturdy midsole material. They discuss “organic fibers” for the highest level of cushioning. The shoe gets its stability from the patented AdaptTruss which is a carbon reinforced adaptive stability system. The “Sloped DUOMAX” is a dual density midsole which is expected to change easily to dynamic motion of the runner. The upper features a glove-like, one-layer Jacquard Mesh as well as MetaClutch exoskeleton external heel counter with a built-in memory foam. There is also a X-GEL hybrid high-tech gel in the midsole to assist shock absorption.

Is it their finest running shoe ever? Time will tell. Runners will vote with their feet once they test the Metarun. There was a little bit of hype in social media before the launch. The Metarun won’t be available until late November and they are going to be expensive and just available in restricted release.

The Foot in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a long-term inflammatory joint condition that usually affects the vertebrae, but could affect all joints in the body and several other organ systems. The name ‘ankylosing’ means a fusing of the joints and ‘spondylitis’ means the spine. The disease impacts on about 0.1-0.2% of the population and does affect males more often. It generally simply begins as an ache in the lower back which is really no different in signs and symptoms to almost every other common low back condition so is typically treated as such. Generally, this treatment will probably not work and other methods get used. Inevitably, when some other symptoms occur in additional joints there might be more investigation bringing about the proper diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. This process could take up to a decade before the diagnosis is made. The standard approach to treatment for this is to use drugs to deal with the inflammatory process inside the joint along with physiotherapy to help keep the spine mobile and flexible.

Ankylosing spondylitis affects the foot often. One way is that the joint inflammation process can affect the joints in the feet and cause symptoms there. Heel spurs or plantar fasciitis is quite common in those with this disease. This type of heel pain isn’t the typical one that you get because it is part of the disease process, consequently tends not to respond effectively to the conventional methods of dealing with heel pain. Like the joint inflammation that impacts the joints in the foot, the treatment is primarily directed at the drugs that reduce the inflammatory response. The other way that ankylosing spondylitis impacts feet are indirect. Because the major symptoms of the disease are in the spine, the lower as well as upper back become very limited in motion, so people that have ankylosing spondylitis tend to have difficulties bending over to reach their feet. Because of this they cannot even perform basic things like cut their own toe nails or self-care for their feet. They’re also going to have issues managing different conditions that impact the foot. They will often need to see a podiatrist frequently for foot care and maintenance of foot health and for the regular management of any foot conditions that might occur.