Running Barefoot may be Better

by Savitha C Muppala on  May 1, 2011 at 1:16 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Dr Irene Davis of Harvard University and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine studied the effects of running barefoot as well as running with minimal footwear.
 Running Barefoot may be Better
Running Barefoot may be Better

According to her, minimal footwear with a slight padding below allows the feet its complete movement and also offers protection to the sole. Infact, cushioned running shoes may actually encourage runners to land hard on the heel. Running barefoot is also very helpful for flat footed people.

"When you land on your heel you end up with a very quick rise to peak in the force that your body experiences. That completely goes away when you run barefoot because you land on the ball of your foot. That had been shown previously when you take shod runners and have them take their shoes off."

Explaining that runners running barefoot, automatically stop landing on their heel, she said, "We've basically deconditioned our feet by wearing shoes and by wearing very robust motion controlling and cushioning shoes, which takes away some of the function of the foot. And when you land on the ball of your foot, even though it's just slightly on the ball, the calf muscles have to work harder and you get soreness in the calf. You have to take it slowly so that the anatomy can adapt; and it will adapt but it takes time."

Source: Medindia

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I think that the work that Irene and others like her is extremely valuable. I have come across an insole product called Barefoot Science which works on the same propriocpetive concepts that running barefoot does. The introduction of this insole into any exoisting footwear should then make that shoe healthier as well as by strengthneing the foot's muscles, it should make the transition to barefoot running,a nd thus the benefits of barefoot runner be acheivabale faster and safer. With all of the running and barefoot blogs out there I have seen little about this intereating product. On the surface it seems to make perfect sense and be a perfectly logical alternative to the decades old products that only bracea or cushion your foot
DPatterson Monday, May 2, 2011

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