Archive for the ‘AFX News’ Category

AFX Technical Paper – Stress Fractures & Acute Fractures

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Stress fractures are among the most prevalent sports injuries, accounting for approximately 10% of all overuse injuries. Of those, lower extremity stress fractures have been reported to account for 61,2% to 97% of all stress fractures in athletes! Acute fractures are also very common, with approximately 10% of them occurring in the bones of the foot. This AFX Technical Paper examines the latest research on acute fractures and stress fractures, ways to reduce the risk of them occurring, and exercises to help you prevent and treat fractures. Stress fractures and Acute Fractures – Technical Paper

Health Fads That Harm

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Progressive Health / AFX President & CEO, Matt Ferguson, weighs-in on barefoot running for At AFX we’ve always been supportive of barefoot activity/running, provided that it is done gradually with specific focus on strengthening the feet & ankles while re-training your body to enable proper biomechanics. Check-out what Matt had to say:

AFX Technical Paper: Achilles Tendinosis/Tendinitis

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Most common in sports requiring a lot of running, jumping and change of direction, Achilles tendinosis (aka. Achilles tendinitis) is one of the most challenging foot and ankle injuries from which to recover. In this Technical paper we explore the various causes, mechanism of injury, risk factors, prevention, and why eccentric loading is the gold standard of care. We’ve also added some easy-to-do exercises and stretches to keep you in the game, or improve your recovery if you have suffered an injury. Download the AFX Technical Paper – Achilles Tendinosis/Tedinitis pdf here.

AFX Technical Paper: MTSS aka. “Shin Splints”

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

When most people hear the term ‘shin splints’, they tend to think of a very painful condition caused by stress fractures in the shin. While they are right that it definitely can be very painful, ‘shin splints’ is actually a catch-all phrase that can refer to many different types of activity-related lower leg pain – not just fractures. In this Technical Paper we look at one of the most common form of shin splints: Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). How common? It has been reported that 13.1% of all running injuries and a whopping 22% of all aerobic dance injuries are MTSS. One of the best solutions? Download and read our MTSS (“Shin Splints”) – Technical Paper, and then strengthen & stretch!

AFX Technical Paper: Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Anyone who has ever suffered from plantar fasciitis usually describes it in one word: ‘miserable’. In this Technical Paper we look at the latest scientific research on plantar fasciitis, and explain how strengthening and stretching exercises can help improve the condition. To download a pdf copy click here: Plantar Fasciitis – Technical Paper, and for a video of some of the exercises reviewed in the paper, visit our Rehabilitation page.

How to Assess, Then Treat Painful Ankles

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

In his regular column for the Province Newspaper, Kinesiologist and Performance Specialist Rob Williams discusses how strengthening and improving the mobility of your feet and ankles, can help resolve ankle pain. To read the article, download the pdf here: How to Assess and Treat Painful Ankles (our apologies for the poor quality, it was an online column over multiple pages so it was a bit of a cut, paste & scan exercise :))

To check out more of Rob’s insights in to other sports medicine and athletic performance topics, be sure to check out the William Health Group Blog.

AFX Technical Paper: Ankle Sprains & Ankle Instability

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Next to cuts and bruises, ankle sprains are the most common activity-related injury and shockingly, more than 40% of all ankle sprains progress to chronic conditions. ‘Walk it off, it’s just a sprain” is the worst advice you can give or receive! Our Ankle Sprains_AI – Technical Paper (pdf download) examines the latest science of ankle sprains, and shows how a simple strengthening and stretching program can get you back in the game even stronger than before the injury occurred.

Technical Paper: Can Eccentric Loading Cure Tendinitis?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The potential benefits of eccentric loading are incredibly exciting when it comes to the foot and ankle, not only for strengthening but also for rehab. This Technical Paper explains what eccentric loading is, the innovative research that has been happening in the last 10 years, and how you can perform eccentric loading with AFX to help resolve ailments such as Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis, and the most common form of Shin Splints. To download the two-page pdf, click here: Technical Paper: AFX Eccentric loading & tendinitis …and for a free copy of the AFX Eccentric Loading Program and Video, visit: AFX Rehabilitation

Fixing Your Feet: Ankle Sprains

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

AFX was recently featured in a blog on the website ‘’. Fixing Your Feet is the online home of John Vonhof, a medical professional and highly regarded authority on walking, running, hiking and endurance racing.

The blog is called ‘Ankle Sprains: Going Beyond R.I.C.E.’ and it is written by Timberly George, an endurance athlete and award-winning sports physiotherapist who practices at City Sports Physiotherapy. Timberly discusses the various grades of ankle sprains, why it is not wise to just ‘walk it off’, and provides various easy-to-follow exercises that you can do to get stronger and stay healthy.

To read Timberly’s article, visit Fixing Your Feet and for the our free AFX Ankle Sprain program and video, visit our Rehabilitation page here.

Thanks very much to Timberly and John for getting the word out that when it comes to ankle sprains, strengthening is key to making a full recovery and avoiding issues in the future.

AFX Highlighted in Women’s Running Magazine

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The great news just keep rolling (running?) in! In the latest edition of Women’s Running Magazine, nationally recognized speaker, writer and running authority, Jenny Hadfield listed AFX – Ankle Foot maXimizer – as one of her favorite things.

Coach Jenny states that AFX is like a personal trainer for your feet, recommending it as a ‘must-have’ for runners that suffer from plantar fasciitis and other foot or ankle injuries. In addition, AFX gets praised for being an easy-to-use, well-designed multitasking device.

Thanks to Coach Jenny and the great people at Women’s Running Magazine for helping get the word out about AFX. To see the full article, pick-up a copy of Womens Running Magazine, and be sure to check out Coach Jenny’s excellent website for great running and exercise advice. Also, for your free pdf copy of the AFX Running Program, visit:


About Coach Jenny: Jenny is a published author of three books (Marathoning for Mortals, Running for Mortals, Training for Mortals), writer, coach, speaker and endurance athlete. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and is a certified coach and personal trainer.

About Women’s Running Magazine: Women’s Running is the world’s largest women-specific running magazine. Women’s Running covers all aspects of the running lifestyle, from active beauty needs to training plans. The Women’s Running mission is simple: to create a high-quality magazine for smart, successful women who use running to balance and enrich their lives.