View Full Version : Shoes, Sitting, and Lower Body Dysfunctions

Steven Low
11-21-2009, 11:22 PM
Shoes, Sitting, and Lower Body Dysfunctions. Part 1 of 5.

An examination of shoes and sitting on the development of lower body dysfunctions. This covers how they arise, evaluation of their development, and improvement of injury conditions.


New parts will be added pretty much everyday from today (Sun) until Thanksgiving Thurs.

Would love to have your guys' feedback either here or on the article comments.

Brian Stone
11-22-2009, 07:27 AM
Interesting stuff so far. I'll wait until the conclusion of all parts to comment on the entirety.

The benefits of going barefoot have become a popular theme lately. Do you know if there has been any investigation into the practical effects of such natural conditions over time in our concrete jungle type of environment? The overwhelming majority of surfaces to which we are exposed on a daily basis are artificially hard and unyielding. To this extent, could cushioning be argued in the long run as being a better tradeoff for the joints? A cushioned sole, it would seem, provides a small artificial surface that more closely emulates something natural than does concrete or linoleum.

Just a thought in all this.

Steven Low
11-22-2009, 08:21 AM
Well, you do have the studies on the barefoot people in African/South American/Australia/etc.... Most places are packed dirt where barefooted people go and I'd say they're fine as far as joints go. Heck, take a look at most of the marathoners who run barefoot or close to barefoot. Their joints are fine (plus the fact that they're using correct running technique).

As far as concrete goes I know that most of us will get ourselves torn up by the rough surfaces, and it's not exactly accepted to go barefoot most places unfortunately.

But I do know a couple of my friends who do go barefoot everywhere, and you do actually build up a tolerance. You can think of it as similar to building up calluses on your hands when you do pullups or other weightlifting activity. Our bodies are made to handle such stress.

Steven Low
11-22-2009, 09:11 PM
Part 2 of 5 is now up:

In this post we discuss the systemic biomechanical issues that arise from part 1.


If you haven't read part 1:

Enjoy! Feel free to comment here or there.

Jeremy Shepard
11-23-2009, 02:03 PM
My main concern with going barefoot isn't damage to the joints or feet, it's parasitic infections.

Steven Low
11-23-2009, 02:33 PM
My main concern with going barefoot isn't damage to the joints or feet, it's parasitic infections.
Yeah, that is definitely one of them that is good to avoid.

Craig Brown
11-23-2009, 03:04 PM
Five fingers are foot condoms?

Steven Low
11-23-2009, 03:09 PM
Five fingers are foot condoms?
Haha, that's one way to put it...

Gittit Shwartz
11-24-2009, 03:33 AM
Steven, thanks! Facebooked the article.

As a practical solution for when I do have to sit a large part of the day, I have a fitball at my desk in place of a chair. It's helped a lot with the neck lower back pain I used to get with chairs.

Steven Low
11-24-2009, 04:12 AM
Part 3: Evaluation of lower body dysfunction and corrections


Steven Low
11-24-2009, 09:28 PM
Part 4: Soft tissue optimizations and corrections


BTW, is anyone interested in a series on the shoulder or something? For those of you that are actually reading. I know a lot more about shoulder evaluation than lower body... although doing this series did bring up my knowledge significant because I had to do a lot of research.

Chris Forbis
11-25-2009, 05:21 PM
I would enjoy the shoulder stuff. Thoracic stuff would be awesome, too.

Derek Weaver
11-25-2009, 07:04 PM
Yeah, I'd appreciate a series on the shoulder.

Steve, what is it that you do now? As in for a living? If it's anything not related to these articles and all you contribute on this site/forum you may be in the wrong direction.

This stuff is amazing.

Steven Low
11-25-2009, 07:44 PM
I am going to physical therapy school next summer/fall.

Right now I'm part time in a PT clinic and coaching gymnastics. Have a BS in Biochem.. hopefully get my CSCS sometime soon.

Steven Low
11-25-2009, 07:53 PM
Part 5: Summing it up


Thanks for reading guys. Posted a bit early but Happy Thanksgiving.

If you enjoyed it and think it's useful information, recommend it to your friends. :)

Chris Rice
11-26-2009, 06:16 AM
Thanks - good stuff. Please continue with shoulders etc.

Gittit Shwartz
11-26-2009, 01:56 PM
+1, would love to read what you have to say about shoulders.

Chris Salvato
11-26-2009, 10:31 PM
I am glad everyone enjoyed it! Steve has been working really hard on the content and the editing has been time consuming to say the least. Trust me, he is putting a ton of work into these articles.

Making learning easier was the whole point of this project for us so it is really rewarding to see people benefit from it.

Thanks again!