BF friendly ortho?

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  1. Jennn

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    Hi!

    I've been barefoot/minimal for several years now. Long story short, before I went BF, I was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome by a podiatrist and was prescribed custom orthotics. Not long after, I ran a half marathon and ended up with tendinosis in my anterior tibialis on top of it. It wasn't until I threw away the orthotics and went exclusively barefoot/minimal that the PT started actually helping and I fully recovered.

    Fast forward to now. I've been fairly inactive for over a year but still exclusively minimal or no shoes at all. "Use it or lose it" is totally true, and now my knees are starting to hurt (I think it's probably Chondromalacia) and my TTS is back. I've been trying my old PT exercises but I think I'm making it worse and not better so I want to see someone about it to get another referral for physical therapy so I make sure I'm doing the correct exercises. I don't want to have to argue about orthotics, cortisone shots, or other nonsense. Does anyone have experience with any BF friendly Ortho's or PT's in the Denver West/Golden area?

    Thanks!
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  2. Barefoot TJ

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    Hopefully, a member will chime in here for you, but I looked on our map for you, and it doesn't look like there is one on the View Barefoot-Friendly Doctors & Specialists Map in a larger map.
    The closest podiatrist (not an ortho) is here:
    Dr. Thomas Hecker, DPM
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    Dr. Thomas Hecker, DPM
    2500 E Prospect Road
    Fort Collins, CO
    970-493-0112

    Dr. Hecker practices at Orthopedic Center of the Rockies. He is a fantastic foot doctor. He has an anti-orthotic (as a long term device) and a strong "The foot was meant to move" philosophy.
     
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    Hi Jenn

    I am an acupuncturist specialized in Traditional Chinese Sports Medicine and ortho as well as an NSCA certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach (as well as a barefooter/minimalist). I have spent years in the healthcare/physical therapy arena. I live in Arvada, my office is near Cherry Creek Res. I would love the opportunity to sit down with you before you embark down that westernized road again. please feel free to email me directly zenmedic9@gmail.com or check out our website www.prezentmoment.com
     
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    TJ - now that I am back home in Colorado (rather than Florida) how do I get my office info updated?
     
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    Please select "Leave Chapter" in each of the Florida Chapters, and make sure your profile no longer shows them as your Primary/Secondary groups. Then contact Paul at PaulBeales@TheBarefootRunners.org to let him know your status change; he will handle the rest.

    And be sure to update your contact info in the map I mentioned above.
     
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    I certainly will not discourage you from seeking professional treatment, but I do want to remind people that many of these types of pains can be managed by altering running and walking and even standing techniques. Mostly it's about maintaining a vertical torso, but also allowing the knees to bend at least a bit when walking, and more for running, and at the very least not locked while standing. The most important technical aspect of walking and running to keep in mind while walking and running, is that these activities are all about moving FORWARD. And to reduce wasted up and down, and side to side movement of your center of balance, it is necessary to keep your hips lower to the ground (and consequently, supporting knee bent), so that when you extend you leg behind you, you aren't launching the body up into the air unnecessarily. Anyway, I hope that helps, and still, don't be afraid to seek professional health-care advice - just be sure to not let your health-care professional bulldoze your decisions to go barefoot or otherwise.

    more info: how.barefootrunning.com
     
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