How The Heel On Your Running Shoe May Be Harming Your Body
By Dr. Michael Nirenberg
Most women know that high heels are not good for their feet. Clearly, a high heeled shoe forces women to adjust their posture unconsciously as they stand and walk. Today, I want to talk about theeffect that a heel of ANY height can have on our entire body. So men this article applies to you too!
Any Heel Height is Too High
When I talk about a high heel, I am talking about any shoe that causes your heel to sit higher than the ball of your foot. This is the kind of high heel found on running shoes, walking shoes and even some women’s “flats” and male dress shoes.
In simple terms see the diagram above, which shows how even the smallest heels can cause us to tip forward (or even fall forward!). To continue...
Surprise! 16% of Podiatrists Recommend Barefoot Running
By Dr. Michael Nirenberg
As one of the first podiatrists to recommend barefoot running, I was surprised to see the results of a recent survey conducted by the well-respected Podiatry Management magazine.
On the week of May 20th this year, the publication’s online newsletter asked podiatrists: “Do you recommend barefoot running?”
The results were as follows:
Yes, but only for certain foot types: 14.19% Yes, for all runners: 2.21% No: 83.59%
For those of you who are not math-whizzes, this means...
Run Geelong is a 12km fun run that runs around the centre of Geelong, a small city 70km or so down the road from Melbourne. It's a big race by our standards, with nearly 2000 people doing the 12km and plenty more doing the 6km run or 'family walk'. Proceeds from the run go to the local hospital special care nursery, so it's well supported and I was keen to run after the hospital looked after my little girl really well when she had hip problems as a baby.
It was my first time, the longest fun run I've done in over 20 years, and my first attempt at a barefoot fun run. Having missed the last two with injuries, I was super careful in the lead-up to the race. I made sure I could cover the distance properly, practiced on the dreaded asphalt more than usual, and even ran parts of the course in...
[Photo: Ken Bob, Ken Bob's Regular Runs 2012 October 16]
Had a very enjoyable barefoot run with Bernard on the hard-pack sand last night since it was low-tide... No moonlight, because of clouds, but the clouds seemed to reflect enough light from the nearby cities and homes, also our eyes adjusted, so it turned out to be a very pleasant 4 miles (2 miles out and 2 back) at about 60F ... no rain, just a handful of mist drops (or was that perspiration?).
Couple of spots in the shallow water as we rounded one outcrop of land (about half-way), there were a couple of spots where the bottom dropped out underneath my feet, and I went into the...