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1. | Aug 5, 2014
ju5N5S Im grateful for the article. Really Cool.
2. | Jun 26, 2014
Hi Michelle,Thanks again for commenting. Yes it is a theroy, but it is a theroy that has a significant amount of scientific support, which is growing each week. Walking and running with a heel strike is also just a theroy. There is not a single study or group of studies that proves factual validity to either theroy. Which is why it is important to have these discussions. I expressed in this blog, that this is my theroy, to attempt to make the point that there are different opinions on the subject. It is up to each individual to make up their own mind, and figure out what works best for them. I do not leave out that running and walking are entirely different biomechanical activities. In fact, I clearly state the exact opposite. Walking and running are nearly identical biomechanically. The heel has a purpose in walking and running with forefoot strike. It is supposed to strike the ground, just not first. Making the jump that without heel strike we would be on all fours and running like a dogs is an extreme jump and I don't know where you intended to go with that statement. Yes, when people change their gait pattern without guidance, they get hurt. When people continue to walk with an improper gait pattern, they get hurt. It is my hope and goal to provide some guidance so that people can make the transition with minimal pain and injury. There is an epidemic of chronic pain and injury in this country due to poor postural mechanics and lifestyle. There is something inherently wrong with the way we currently move. Maintaining the current status quo of medical treatments, such as injections, surgeries, and prescription remedies, does not work other than acting as a very expensive band aid. If we, as individuals, wish to feel better, we must look at our most basic movement patterns and be willing to make fundamental shifts in them, even if these shifts go against age old popular culture. We will not feel better until we learn to move better. I am a very excited blogger, and I am so much more. I love what I do for a living. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to learn, touch, teach, and help improve the lives of my clients, and have seen my life improve as well. I am passionate about what I do. Thanks again for the comment. I very much appreciate the input you have been providing over the weeks. You are both complimentary and challenging, both of which help me grow in this new endeavor of blogging. Thanks.Jesse James Retherfordhttp//
3. | Dec 22, 2013
Hi Bernadette,Thanks for the comments. I sugsget reading the article I wrote on plantar fasciitis (below) and following the exercises as a starting point. Hiring a really good fascial therapist who has a successful history treating PF would be a good idea too. I have had great success in treating PF. In most cases, moving out of the acute pain stage within 3-4 sessions. Once you are out of the pain stage, it is time to focus on flexibility and corrective exercises to strengthen the arches, knees and hips. You will find a few in this article.Now, my guess is that you have been wearing shoes with a significant heel lift for many years. (I consider the heel lift of most running shoes to be significant). The heel lift in shoes places your achilles tendon in a shortened position. It does not get stretched out fully when you walk. This is compounded by heel strike. Over time the achilles and lower leg muscles in your calf become somewhat permanently shortened. This is the primary issue that causes PF and just about every other foot pain issue. The shortened state places strain through the plantar fascia and other structures which eventually become inflamed (for lack of a better term). This is also the reason going barefoot is so painful. When you are barefoot, you are forcing the full natural range of motion of your now shortened ankle which places excess stress on the achilles tendon. Plus the muscles of the lower leg and arches are not strengthened to handle this new ROM. So they get fatigued quickly. The key will be to work through the active pain of PF. Then begin a rehab process that focuses on increasing flexibility and strengthening the ankle and calves. When it comes to walking around barefoot: I would keep the amount of time down. Spend 5-10 minutes a day at first and over the course of weeks slowly add more time. It MUST be PAIN FREE. Start buying shoes with less of a heel wedge. Don't make a drastic move from the higher heels you are currently wearing to a zero drop over night. But eventually you will want a zero drop shoe, if your foot can handle it. This is a process that will take at least a year and possibly two years to fully adapt into. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. Also, something you didn't mention in the above post. Do you wear orthotics?Jesse James Retherford
4. | Dec 20, 2013
Hi Juliet,Thanks for the comment. I don't have an easy anewsr for your question. When it comes to competition, you will want to employ the tools that provide the best results while at the same time minimizing risk of injury. There are so many factors that go into what you would or would not wear for the sport you participate in. My suggestion is to do the majority of your training as close to barefoot as possible to strengthen your entire body through the feet. When it comes to competition, it is more about personal preference. If you feel you get the traction and support to move at the speeds you desire without shoes, or with minimalist shoes then great. If you get better traction and support with trainers or cleats, then great. Shoes are a tool and it comes down to picking the right tool for the job. Jesse James Retherford
5. | Dec 19, 2013
This is actually the wise welbog. I am talking about the program. You've got a good deal knowledge about this, and so a great deal passion. Additionally, you will know how to make people move related to it, definitely from the side effects. Youve grew to become a style here you go not really too flashy, however is really a declaration the size of that which you happen to be stating. Best wishes, certainly.
6. | Dec 19, 2013
Awww! You're too sweet to me! I wasn't referring to now heeuiubnnchns; I was referring when you went all nazi prick on TheRedHoodgirl. I do suppose it wasn't the best word choice but I really don't have time to mull over how to best respond to you. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to have some fun in life.Goodbye nazi prick. I'll miss you!