Your Runners E-Course


Lesson 1: The Foot

THE FOOT – Our first joint to hit the pavement with every running stride we take

In today’s lesson, we cover the following topics:

  • Common foot-related injuries/complaints (e.g. plantar fasciitis, bunions);
  • How to assess your foot using the standing test and great toe test; and
  • How to treat any limitations you find.


Once you’ve completed the above lesson, make sure to incorporate any of the below exercises (depending on what you’ve found with the assessment portion of the lesson):

  • Foot release with a lacrosse/tennis ball (make sure you put enough pressure on the ball so you feel a stretch, but NO PAIN);
  • Seated great toe extension (make sure that your big toe points forward and NOT to the side);
  • Arch activation (make sure your arch stays activated after your bring your toes down onto the floor).


If you are struggling with foot pain, you should check out the Online PhysioReady Plantar Fasciitis Program. It’s an inexpensive and comprehensive solution for those who can’t come into the clinic!


Stay tuned for next week’s lesson where we tackle those pesky ‘shin splits‘ runners are so prone to getting!


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