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  1. Thanks Kit. Would definitely be interested in the thoughts of a former Egoscue student as related to his or her experience with both methods. I can say from experience the the Egoscue Method "works" - maybe not as well as ST, I simply don't know - but I have old shoes and a new gate, posture to prove it after two years of working with his methods along with regular chiropractic treatments. I have one pair of old shoes that I'm keeping for posterity where the gate impacts on the exterior aspects of the rear of the both shoes created a sheering effect that almost make them look like portions where cut away (kinda hard to describe in words). My newer shoes have much improved and more neutral where patterns. Am I "PainFree", as one of Pete's books is titled? NO! But I am "PainImproved" The journey continues and further improvements, gradual as they may be, are hopefully forthcoming. I'm not intimately aware of ST, its philosophies and techniques; however it does seem to be more group oriented than Egoscue (just a casual observation). I will be picking up a book on ST to find out more and hopefully add some tools to the toolbox. One or two good tips and I'm a happy camper. Believe me, I'm in no rush whatsoever to have titanium implants shoved in my ankles to create a faux-arch. I've also been doing the recommended anti-pronation exercise and could swear there have been improvement already (maybe just wishful thinking on my part). As for doctors and exercise - I totally agree! I spoke with a young doctor a few times, very nice guy, who basically confessed to me without my prodding that he barely does any exercise.
  2. Thanks much for the feedback! I think I'll hold off on anything like having an implant inserted in my feet and keep this as an option of last resort. Believe it or not, the real reason I've been considering having this done is not foot pain, rather it's due to low back and, to a lesser degree hip pain, that has plagued me for years. I've been using Pete Egoscue's techniques along with chiropractic for several years now, but can't seem to jump the hurdle, so to speak, with regard to low back issues. Posture and gate have improved tremendously however, you should see the difference in my shoe wear patterns! I will say that the idea that flat feet can be corrected via physical therapies rather than surgery and orthotics borders on rank heresy in the United States, at least as far as the doctors I've talked to are concerned. ...but then again, heresy is just so much more fun!
  3. I'm wondering with regards to the anti-pronation excercise referenced at the top post (#1), has anyone seen this correct congenital flat feet? I've had flexible flat feet since childhood, the feet are strong, but the arch collapses under load. I was recently told by a podiatrist that I have hyper-flexible joints (he used my wrist flexion vs. his as an example) and that this is the cause of my flat feet. I'm now giving serious consideration to a surgery where a titanium stent is place in the empty opening of the sinus tarsi which would correct hyper-pronation by replacing this empty space in the foot with something that would allow the bones of the foot to maintain their arch under load. This is definitely a good exercise and I've already started to incorporate it into my daily (or nearly daily) routine. But I tend to wonder if it has any long-term potential to fix hyper-pronation in my particular case. It is a variation on the toe raise after all.... and I've never heard of that exercise correcting fallen arches. Any thoughts?
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