Rethinking the traditional running shoe; a company designs a new shoe like a mattress for the feet.

Rethinking the traditional running shoe; a company designs a new shoe like a mattress for the feet. Check this out.

Most of the conversation lately regarding shoe design has been about barefoot vs. shod or wearing shoes, but how about designing a shoe like you would design a mattress for shock absorption. Check out this creative way of designing a new running shoe to absorb the impacts from running.

While I am sure the design is innovative, ignoring problems in the body and using the shoe to absorb the impact may not solve every runners injury problems, but for some, it may be a good solution or at least one gimmicky enough to sell a bunch of shoes to those wanting to try out another design idea. Read more about this new idea here.

A spring-loaded running shoe could help prevent injuries by increasing shock absorbing properties.
Elizabeth Palermo, TechNewsDaily
Mon, Jul 08 2013 at 12:09 PM

A new running shoe literally puts a spring in your step.

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a shoe that uses miniaturized pocket springs — the same kind used in mattresses — to absorb the shock of a runner’s foot hitting the ground.
Developed by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the experimental shoe will be on display at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, which opened July 2 in London.
Injury affects more than 70 percent of recreational runners in a given year, despitecontinual advances in the design of running shoes, said Jim Richards, the lead researcher behind this spring-loaded shoe.
When a runner’s foot hits solid ground, shock waves are generated, traveling up the leg and potentially leading to such injuries as shin splints (pain in the lower leg), runner’s knee (inflammation of the knee) or stress fractures (tiny fractures, most frequently occurring in the shin bone).
Since the 1980s, running shoes have featured shock-absorbing cushioning that serves as a damper, helping to keep such injuries at bay. But the UCLan researchers suspected that runners needed more than extra cushioning to ward off injury.
“If you had a car suspension with just a damper and no spring in it, then you’d have a very bumpy ride,” Richards said in a statement about this year’s Summer Science Exhibition. “Therefore, having a shoe that incorporates both provides a much-improved shock-absorbing system compared with existing technology.”
Teaming up with Harrison Spinks, a mattress manufacturer in Leeds, the researchers developed a lightweight microspring that can be embedded in the sole of a sneaker, providing runners with an increased uplift as they push off the ground. [See also: Are Humans or Technology Breaking Olympic Records?]
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