Foot and Gait Analysis

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Reebok Supreme Floatride

The Floatride is Reebok’s latest offering in the long distance running shoe category. The brand aims to address an existing lacuna in providing a serious solution to the long distance runner, ‘backed by technology, innovation and design’. It’s stated to be ‘Reebok’s most technically advanced shoe to date’. The descriptive #FeeltheFloatride ostensibly steers one towards the expected product experience: “Floatride is cushioning without compromise; soft AND responsive so you can float through your run”. Is that so? That’s the task I was entrusted with, to test and review the shoe.** LAUNCH DATE: April 1, 2017My running shoes have always been lightweight and flatter (lower heel to toe drop – neutral, and bordering on minimal by comparison) so when this shoe arrived for testing, I was...


Foot Strikes

This video helps in visually understanding the different types of foot strikes while running. Foot strike has a bearing on how the foot loads ( & dissipates) the ground reaction forces when the foot strikes the ground. Foot strike also has a bearing on efficient barefoot running technique and better dissipation of these forces through the body. There seems to be a recent spurt of articles about barefoot running but without any attention drawn to this aspect or explaining the dynamics of going barefoot. Some articles in the paper are alarming because they seem to imply that barefoot is all about running & one fine, glorious day you can simply kick off your shoes & start running barefoot because that's what some athelets are doing!...


Foot Facts

Wondering what all the noise of the foot is all about? Here are just a few facts to consider : - The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and multiple tendons that allow it to move. - 1/4 of all your bones are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body. - While walking your body is subject to 1-1.5 times your body weight and while running these forces increase to 3-4 times your body weight. Your foot, being the first point of contact, is the first to absorb these shocks. - During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of...


Evidence that short foot works!! AND proof that Barefoot Training is applicable across all sports, not just running.

This is a message from the mother of my young pro golf client (just turned 12!). His golfing coach, who has been working on Raghav's swing for long, has shared his observation. Raghav is flat footed. I taught him the short foot exercise a couple of weeks back and asked him to practise it daily. Am thrilled at the results, more so because this young champ followed my instructions. His drive to excel will take him far. He is already playing (and winning) several championships. His younger brother Vaibhav is just 8. He can already hold the plank for more than a minute making it look so effortless. He too has started playing golf and wants to be a winner like his bro!...


Foot and Gait

Walking is the most functional activity we do. But did you know, your foot type and gait determine how you walk and how your body feels? Your body is subject toground reaction forces during various phases of the gait cycle. These forces travel all the way from the bottom of the foot up your anatomical chain, in internal spirals. Poor foot and ankle stability and mobility (arising out of different foot types) is the cause of many compensatory patterns you may not even be aware of and these in turn, could be manifesting as several troublesome issues such as pain in the ankle, knee, hip, back, shin spints etc. Your foot has the ability to imapct your upper body stability too!Gait Analysis and Barefoot training...


Arch Of The Foot and Foot Types

The foot actually has three distinct arches. Two "longitudinal" arches (one on each side) run from front to back; one "transverse arch" runs across the mid foot from inside to outside. The "medial longitudinal arch" is the most prominent foot arch and what is typically referred to as simply, "the arch." It runs from front to back along the inside of the foot. This arch absorbs the majority of the shock of impact while walking, jumping or running. The arches, along with the other tissues of the foot, help determine a person’s foot type (see image below for reference). The most common foot types include: • High Arches (Footprint 0 & 1) • Neutral Foot Type (Footprint 2) • Flat Feet (Footprint 3) What does this mean for you?High arches – (aka...


Having Trouble With Your Golf Swing?

Take a look at your feet! Golf is a complex game requiring complete coordination between the upper body, the core and lower body. The stability of the feet have a direct impact on the pelvic (hip) rotation, which in turn will likely determine the swing from the shoulder. The foot type (pronated/supinated/normal) dictates the internal rotations of the tibia, thefemur and pelvis, creating a cascade from the bottom to the hip/lower back and from the back to the shoulder. It will,in all probability, travel from top to bottom too. The kinetic chain responds to this imbalance in the form of stress to proximal (and distal) structures (low back pain ,tight muscles, stressed out shoulder) loss of form (poor hip/shoulder control, distortion from medial line) and inefficiency...