Is it time to set your piggies free?
Perhaps you've heard some of the hype surrounding the "barefoot running" movement and are wondering what the deal is. Recent research has been examining the usefulness of conventional running shoes and some of the results are interesting to say the least. One study showed that running shoes not only increased certain stresses to lower extremity joints more than barefoot running, but also increased the same stresses more than walking in high heels. A summary of these findings can be read here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100104122310.htm
If you are considering a move to minimalist or barefoot running, remember that your feet have grown quite used to the support provided by conventional shoes as well as the heel-striking gait they encourage. Consult your doctor of Chiropractic before making the shift to barefoot running so that they might establish whether this would be a suitable change. You will also need some briefing on forefoot striking gait as well as some extra exercises to help improve the strength of your intrinsic foot muscles. Both of these preparatory steps will help to ease what can often be a tricky transition.
You might also find that you require some additional attention for the joints and muscles of your lower limb. Be sure to raise this with your chiropractor, but don't forget to book an extended consult so you can receive the appropriate attention for these additional queries