Chiropractor Manhattan Beach Topic of the Day: The Foot

Experts say one of the most detrimental things that have hit the human foot is the running shoe. As shown by a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, there is a 123% greater chance of injury with higher end shoes. Shoes that cost more than $95 had twice the injury rate than those that cost $40 and under. From recording running injuries from the 1970s onward, statistics show the advancements in shoe technology have not quite prevented foot injuries. Statistics actually show that the percentage of injuries to the achilles and plantar fasciitis remained the same. Furthermore, the British Journal of Sports Medicine stated that there is no scientific proof that shows the high-tec shoes are preventing injuries.

This wrong idea was based on the premise of the Runner’s Repair Manual, written by Dr. Murray Weisenfeld, a famous Sports podiatrist, that the human foot is not designed for walking let alone running long distances. George Shein, a writer for Runner’s World Magazine, agreed that the foot need protection from running. However, studies now show that the more protected the foot is in the higher end shoe, the less natural movement there is, therefore deconditioning the foot. The more deconditioned the foot, the higher the rate of injury.

In fact, lead athletes now prefer to run barefoot to condition the foot and prevent injuries.

Look at the design of the foot; it has arches. The arches are like little domes with suspension bridges. If you have a suspension bridge, and you place support in the arch, it becomes a weaker structure. The idea behind the suspension bridge is that you load it from the top and it disperses through the suspension. That is when it’s at its strongest point. That is how the human foot is.

We recommend you run or walk barefoot. Start adding that into your training sessions!

 

Chiropractor Manhattan Beach Topic of the Day: Can Your Running Shoes Be The Cause Of Your Aches & Pains?

Do you have foot pain, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, sciatic pain, low back pain?

Did you know that your running shoes can cause more harm for your structure than just walking barefoot.

The reason is because the foot is meant to put up with stress: the conditioning of walking and running.

The more protected the foot is, like in running shoes, the more deconditioning occurs.

 

What I recommend is that you introduce into your training walking barefoot on grass or on the beach, or you could pick up barefoot walking shoes. They’re called Five Fingers and they fit like a glove.

This will allow the right conditioning in your foot to develop. The foot is designed with arches like a suspension bridge. If support is placed in the middle of the arch, it actually weakens the bridge.

If you allow stress to be put along the apex of the suspension bridge, it disperses through the suspension to its strongest point. That is how the human foot works.

If you condition the foot, that will help all the way through the chain of the body.

Do you have foot pain, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, sciatic pain, low back pain?

Did you know that your running shoes can cause more harm for your structure than just walking barefoot.

The reason is because the foot is meant to put up with stress: the conditioning of walking and running.

The more protected the foot is, like in running shoes, the more deconditioning occurs.

What I recommend is that you introduce into your training walking barefoot on grass or on the beach, or you could pick up barefoot walking shoes. They’re called Five Fingers and they fit like a glove.

This will allow the right conditioning in your foot to develop. The foot is designed with arches like a suspension bridge. If support is placed in the middle of the arch, it actually weakens the bridge.

If you allow stress to be put along the apex of the suspension bridge, it disperses through the suspension to its strongest point. That is how the human foot works.

If you condition the foot, that will help all the way through the chain of the body.