One of my mentors, Charlie Weingroff, put it best when he said, “the elevated heel is the bane of all human movement.” Ouch! Pretty harsh words, right? What's so bad about an elevated heel? And what exactly do I mean by an 'elevated heel'?
In my last post, I discussed the tapered toe box and why its so problematic. Then it occurred to me you may want a simple way to discern if the shoe you're considering buying makes the grade. Here ya go!
The vast majority of casual AND training shoes on the market are not designed to allow our foot to function optimally – even though they may be marketed as such.
Taking a good client history is key to a good intervention. And in each case it was a simple fix that resolved their issue. In fact, you'll probably roll your eyes as you read the solution.
I've got a couple of great reads for you today on a variety of subjects, but they're all geared toward one thing: helping you perform better on the roads or in life!
I can think of 3 reasons why someone should stick to 'conventional' training shoes which are heavier, stiffer, thickly cushioned, and which possess a steeper 'ramp angle' from heel to toe. If you fit the definition of these 3 categories, there's likely no rush to change footwear.
Minimalist running shoes are rapidly becoming more popular and almost ubiquitous. What is a minimalist shoe, why would someone wear them, and are they right for you?
A philosophy that seems to be entrenched in our society is "our feet are inherently problematic (they're too flat, they pronate too much, etc), and the goal of the foot doctor is to correct these problems with technology." Hmm...