Tag: barefoot

Custom Vs. off the shelf foot orthotics, which should you buy for the best relief of back and neck pain?

Custom Vs. off the shelf foot orthotics, which should you buy for the best relief of back and neck pain? by William D. Charschan D.C., I.C.C.S.P. A common question patients ask is; Which is better, off the shelf or a custom made foot orthotic? This is a difficult question because we are all built differently and have different needs. Years ago, custom foot orthotics were the only choice most of us had to choose from, however, now there are a number of off the shelf options that you can choose from that may meet your needs. Off the shelf insoles Read More »

Going Barefoot…almost! My barefoot experience and is it right for you? Part II

Going Barefoot…almost! My barefoot experience and is it right for you? Part II Well, it has been 1 1/2 weeks with my going barefoot experiment. As you may remember in my original post (here), I was given a pair of shoes from Tune Footwear to try. They have a negative heel and try to recreate what it is like to walk barefoot all the time. After 1.5 weeks, the soreness from accommodation has gone away but I am not totally convinced that I feel better with them on as compared to wearing my orthotics. I have three days to go Read More »

Shod or barefoot; which running style is best according to the NY Times?

Shod or barefoot; which running style is best according to the NY Times? Shod (with shoes) or barefoot, forefoot strike, midfoot strike or heel strike is a discussion that has been gaining popularity. A NY Times article explores this concept using history and our knowledge of who ran barefoot, how fast they ran, and more. There is a growing group of people who believe that we should all run barefoot or close to it. Barefoot runners tend to run slower than those in shoes and they tend to be more midfoot strikers. Shoe wearers are more heel strikers, and those Read More »