26 Feb '13, 8pm

Footstrike And Its Possible Effect On Lower Back Pain

Research into barefoot versus shod running or its near twin, forefoot versus rearfoot striking, continues to flood the scientific journals. That doesn’t mean that all reach startling conclusions. Science moves slowly, in fits and starts and even reversals. The newest paper, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , sought to determine if a change in footstrike might help those who suffer from lower back pain, a major health issue for runners and nonrunners alike. The researchers hypothesized that a change from rearfooting to forefooting might decrease lumbar lordosis, a potential pain trigger. It didn’t, at least not enough for them to support their hypothesis. Forefooting “did not make a difference in the amount of flexion or extension in which the lumbar spine was positioned,” they wrote. Rearfooting did produce more shock throughout the body, possibly due t...

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