Questions on bare foot and minimalist shoe running
surely its your muscles that have become weak, not your bones soft? If your bones are soft then that would a be a serious medical condition.
and anyway, is this forum supposed to be for advertisments?
don't think there is such a word as deossify.
ossification refers to bone development, all ossification is usually complete by the age of 25
have you had any medical training?
piers stockwell wrote (see)
you have to build mileage very slowly in minimalist shoes as your bones will have become soft from many years in padded shoes which can result in stress fractures in your feet.
This discussion is about barefoot running, not bone density so please stick to the subject.
I did look it up, and ossification refers to bone developement in children and young adults. perhaps you chose the wrong word?
astronauts bones got weaker because of a lack of earths gravity - Exposure to the microgravity environment of space causes astronauts to lose calcium from bones. This loss occurs because the absence of Earth's gravity disrupts the process of bone maintenance in its major function of supporting body weight.
yes you can make your bones stronger, by doing weight bearing exercises. but i think you were wrong to say that wearing shoes causes the opposite?
I thought i was sticking to the subject
i am quite happy with my barefoot running many thanks, I wil lnow withdraw from this thread and not post any more.
Hi all, just joined this discussion. I know of no research on the statement that footwear causes de-ossification in the body. Yes of course astronauts suffer with this and yes - there is research to back this. Lets not frighten people away form barefoot / minimalist techniques by this and get to the truth of the matter. There is new research which suggests that barefoot style of running may be better for your body.
The reason is not in bones or joints but in your soft tissue system. When barefoot running you utilise more of your soft tissue elasticity in tissues such as fascia and muscle and tendon rather than pounding away.
You develop a softer approach which conserves energy (research on this e.g. reduced VO2 max) and places less strain on knees (does increase strain on ankle in some cases).
Technique is important and yes perhaps gradually introducing the new technique into your neurology is important. You need to develop a dynamic and elastic soft tissue system focusing on correct technique.
I am probably one of few podiatrists in the UK (if not the world!!) who advocate barefoot running.
Elli of the North wrote (see)
Whether it's always been and I'm only noticing now, I don't know. But I've also noticed that my minimalist shoes have a lot more heel wear than I thought. So it's looking like I'm still heel striking, or whether my heel just drops to the ground heavier than I thought... although I dont feel it.
I have exactly this 'issue'. It's not caused me any problems: no discomfort in my heel or anything like that.
I think I'm just more of a mid-foot striker than a fore-fote striker, in the end. I would like to be able to force myself to drop my feet with only the force of gravity, but I don't think I'm quite there yet. The other thing I need to work on further is lifting my foot straight up.
You see a good few barefoot fanatics on the real proselytising sites pouncing on any heel wear and saying 'you're running gait is wrong and you'll suffer health problems in the future'. I'd take that with a pinch of salt. If I try to move any further forward on my foot, I simply go onto my toes, which creates a whole host of problems.
I'm going to keep using minimalist shoes for road running until problems do manifest themselves. On the whole, I have far more issues with shoes with more cushioning (top of foot, metatarsals, knee usually). I'd be interested to hear Gafin's take (or Piers'), though.
Good luck on the mara; I'll be hoping to hear a positive result for you .
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