Posted By Simon ~ 27th December 2012
Barefoot Running Biomechanics
Running barefoot or in minimalist shoes corrects posture errors and enhance the feeling removed by classical running shoes. Back pain and muscle aches disappear by the practice of walking and running barefoot.
|It also helps refine the legs due to the muscle contraction. The foot is releasing an impact resistance comparable to that of the hand. The moves are neither more nor less painful. In addition, the access of air to the skin, the roughness of the soil and freshness of water make us resistant to colds, fungal infections and to varicose veins.|
After an hour of running, the feet heat up and expand by 8% and 15 grams of sweat. This discomfort felt inside a shoe is unknown to barefoot runners. The skin is a sensory organ, it reacts to pressure and temperature. The skin of the foot in contact with the external environment (soil, tree bark, vegetation etc.) provides some information on the characteristics of the ground: warmth, humidity, etc.. More than a source of pleasure it also gives useful information about the environment.
|When practicing barefoot, your foot adapts to the surface on which it get into contact. This flexibility allows you to avoid injuries of the lower limbs and spine. With such information, the foot allows the adaptation of your body.
Biomechanics of barefoot running take time to improve. Check in my next article, the tips for beginners