For too long the Podiatry profession has been educated, both at university and post-university, by people out of touch with Human Movement and Performance.
Below is a word for word reply (from a very influential figure in the world of Podiatry) to the conclusion of a study, which stated:
“Habitually shod runners who transitioned to minimalist shoes demonstrated significant increase in leg and foot muscle volume”
“They seem to think that is a good thing. I remain to be convinced. If the volume (“strength”) increases, surely that is a sign of being uneconomical; ie muscles working harder?”*
I do not know where to start except this is a huge issue plaguing the professional world of feet!
This is one of the most absurd statements I have heard in the world of strength and fitness, which has its share of dumb statements and protocols.
By this account, my current physique – which is not obese, not unfit, able to run, throw, squat, lift, climb, carry 2-year old twins in each arm for extended periods, pretty much attack life in any way I choose – has been developed by me being “uneconomical”!
Why is it so hard to accept FEET can, and need to be, STRONG?
Immobilisation of joints and inactivity of muscles results in atrophy and WEAKNESS.. This is basic human physiology.
So, why are FEET any different?
Simple answer – THEY ARE NOT!
Immobilisation and inactivity of muscles makes them weak.
What causes this? Shoes and Orthotics:
- Shoes make feet weak in the same way a shoulder sling makes an arm weak;
- Wearing orthotics to address weak feet is like wearing a corset for weak core muscles – (and no, not all orthotics are made for weak feet.. there is a time and place for them.. especially when a well structured rehabilitation and retraining plan to get out of them is prescribed)
Gradual overload, proprioceptive training and mobility exercises can, and DOES, make feet STRONGER, more FUNCTIONAL, and more able to aid Human PERFORMANCE.
I invite comments from all sides of the table here. Please comment below or on my Facebook post on this topic.
If you want to know how to train Performance Enhancing Feet, I especially want to know who you are.
AWESOME Feet, like Awesome Humans, are not genetic.. They are earned…
NOT through “uneconomical” activity and movement…
But through Performance Training.
If you’re a strength and performance professional, you might want to check out the StrongFeet Certification Workshop by The Running Lab.
If you want to improve your foot strength to solve foot pain or be able to train harder, try StrongFeet Transformation.
*(The author of the quote that instigated this rant is not named as I have no personal vendetta against this person.. But I do have a passion for Human Movement and Performance.. and the quote typifies a lot of what is wrong in the professional world of FEET)