Running shoes alter the spring-like function of the human foot

woman in running shoes bent over tying her shoelaces

-Legs and Feet like Springs-

4 metal springs are bent every which way against white backgroundShopping for the Best Running Shoe?

Many runners believe wearing the right fit running shoe actually helps absorb shock allowing them to run longer and more efficiently.

Ground Reactive Force

Researchers at the University of Queensland set out to prove whether this belief was evidence based.

According to the authors, “The capacity to store and return energy in legs and feet that behave like springs is crucial to human running economy.”

Here are their conclusions:

Running shoes really do influence the mechanical function of the foot.

As a result, the feet are forced to work harder.

“We see more activation in the muscles when we run in shoes than when we don’t.”

Mass-produced, pre-made, running shoes “force the muscles in the arch to stiffen as a compensation for the softness of the shoe”.

This is the body’s innate response designed to maintain stability and keep us from falling.

If you want to truly reduce GRF & optimize running efficiency, Optimize HOW the Feet Handle Gravity!

Our MASS posture, precision calibrated, custom foot orthotics do just that – made from scratch, specific to each foots corrected arch-up alignment, and calibrated for that biomechanical advantage not available from a pre-made running shoe.

MASS Posture 3-D Foot Impression Taken SeatedIn conclusion, purchase running shoes based on design preference alone as research proves they negatively alter the spring-like function of the human foot.

 

Reference:

Shoes alter the spring-like function of the human foot during running. Centre for Sensorimotor Performance, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland. 2016.

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It turns out HOW your custom foot orthotic is made Actually Matters. Here at Arizona Orthotics We Proudly offer THE ONLY medical-grade, MASS Posture & Precision Calibrated, Custom Foot Orthotic on the market. My Mission 1. Restore HOPE to those suffering with a foot problem they fear may never go away. 2. Optimize Human Performance with a legal advantage - a foundational & biomechanical advantage. 3. Graceful Ageing - I have yet to see someone with bad foot health age gracefully. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate you and hope you find what you're looking for.

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