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hawaii-89816_640Simon Bairu, Canadian marathoner, ended last year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose half marathon as the top male runner.  While his success is newsworthy, one of his female counterparts received a dose of the limelight that year.

The San Jose Mercury News highlighted Beth Deloria–a veteran runner who claims that it’s always been hard work.  However, running became more difficult when she was afflicted by drop foot seven years ago.  The inability to raise the forefoot of one foot is devastating to fluid movement.  Since then, Deloria has worked through the initial grieving stages of a disability, and found a solution that has kept her running.

Foot drop is not categorized as a disease.  Instead, it develops as a symptom of another problem within the body.  In Deloria’s case, a congenital spine defect was the source.  For others, injuries or disorders related to muscles, nerves, or the brain are often the cause.

According to the article, Deloria’s doctors wanted her to consider amputation.  Instead, she found a brace that has allowed her to run despite this condition.  Three Boston Marathon races since her diagnosis are proof that drop foot doesn’t have to mean the end of being physically active.  In fact, the article mentions that she’s considering a foray into biking once she ends her formal running circuit.

Today’s orthotic technology includes inserts, braces, and other devices that allow daily life to continue despite foot concerns.  Biomechanical and muscular issues can be addressed in this way with the help of your Chiropodist Tony Abbott.

Our expert team understands the value of maintaining your quality of life and we can help.  Don’t let foot and ankle conditions take you out of the running—make an appointment at Abbott Foot & Ankle today.  Located in Collingwood, Ontario, relief is just a call away.  Dial (705) 444-9929, or schedule online.

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