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The technique is known as the "forefoot strike". I encourage you to look at this Harvard study on the subject. The premise is that it is the natural running technique for all cultures who predate Nike. Indigenous peoples who run barefoot or in sandals typically use this technique, and it is believed that we have run that way since we left the trees. The ...


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For a majority of your life, like many people, you've probably worn shoes, especially when doing anything that involves physical exertion or significant use of the feet. You say you've only been barefoot running for a month. So the most likely scenario is that you've unwittingly overdone it. From Naturally Engineered - Pain and Swelling in Foot From Running ...


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I would definitely not recommend landing on your "toes" specifically. When running with what people are calling "barefoot" form, you want to land on the ball of your foot or slightly back from there on the midfoot and allow your foot structure and calf muscles to absorb the impact so that when your heel touches the ground it's not really making an impact ...


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Yes, people use this shoe: http://blogs.militarytimes.com/pt365/2013/06/11/review-hoka-one-ones-stinson-trail-shoes-look-like-clown-shoes-but-laugh-at-punishing-terrain/ Sara Davidson ran the Laurel Highlands 70-miler in them. In total, she has run about 400 miles in them and they're starting to need replacement. So, they didn't make it to the 800 miles ...


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In order to get the correct exercises for your son, I would suggest an evaluation by a physical therapist to look at the lower extremity alignment including the pelvis, hips, knees and ankles. Myofacial restrictions can be released (such as tight hip rotators or calf muscles) and weak muscles can be strengthened (such as core muscles or glutes) to improve ...


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The ankle is a gliding joint and only really operates along 2 axes of movement. This limits your options for movement. Ultimately, the stretch you want to do is determined by what muscles you want to stretch. If you want to stretch the muscles in the inferior aspect of your foot (sole), you're options are pretty much limited to dorsiflexion (pointing your ...


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You are trying to determine if you are an over or under pronator (or a neutral runner). Pronating is the movement your foot makes as it strikes the ground. Over pronation is when the foot rolls in at more than 15% causing the big toe to do most of the push off. Under pronating or supination is when the foot rolls in at less than 15% leaving most of the ...


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I have always been told I walk on my toes, and when I started running, at the same time, I had been doing a lot of stair climbing (I started doing stair climb races (CN Tower, Empire State Building, Rockfeller Center) and spun running off that idea) and that got me used to toe running as well. You will find it takes a lot of calf strength and lots of time ...


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Melinda, it sounds a bit as though your concerns are based on conjecture. He may very well have some troubles, but he also may be perfectly fine and normal. I would suggest you help him focus on basic training and see how he progresses before raising concerns. You've tagged running as an activity, and it's a good one to start with. I would suggest using ...



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