Neil Frame MChS DPodM Podiatry Specialist (Biomechanics)
As a Podiatrist and specialist treating biomechanical issues for over 30 years, in both the public and private sectors, I have found a number of my treatment protocols challenged by an alternative, innovative approach in the treatment of some pathomechanically related musculoskeletal conditions. Two and a half years ago I was introduced to a modern technology in foot strengthening - Barefoot Science insoles. Principally the insole's efficacy is based on neuromuscular stimulation, proprioceptive enhancement and resultant progressive, re posturing. This proven safe, foot empowerment system adjusts functionality in a positive way, with the capability of curing flat feet semi permanently. Research indicates that these insoles activate the parasympathetic nervous system, consequentially enhancing the functional kinetic chain. In excess of 600 patients clinically, I have consistently observed and recorded outcomes that have been practice modifying. It is my opinion that this is a valid, alternate approach to the treatment of numerous musculoskeletal disorders that represents a fundamental shift in the approach to the science of biomechanics.
Astrid Mora Tracking Case study
I'm actually working with the German freestyle team this year. My test group is doing great; especially one man who did an endurance race in September. The race is 360km with a difference in height of 33.000m. It took him 108 hours of non-stop running to complete the race, but he made it. The cool thing is that he had a discus bulging this summer and had lost sensibility in his left foot and had constant pain on the back. I gave him your insoles and started with Dr Gorman’s exercises at the end of July and he did the exercises regularly every day. As the race started he was almost pain free (he had also had some nitrogen oxides infiltration). He finished the race and got 66th out of over 1000 participants. After the race he recovered, and now a few weeks ago he did an MRI to control the discus bulging but it turned out that it was gone. . . the doctors couldn't believe it. He told me that he used to sprain his ankle like 20 times a day (during training and also during inspection which he made before I gave him the insoles) after wearing the Barefoot Science insoles (during the race he had level 1) he didn't sprain once! What's more to say??? Just awesome! One more thing I noticed is that he had consumed this year’s shoes in a completely different way than last year (same model of shoes). This year they were used more at the center; last year the whole rear part of the shoes sole was completely gone. So … all in all I think I can say that it's working out pretty well, don't you think??
Michael P.Olden, H.t; Ost; C-Ped; Pmac.American Board for Certifications in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics.
To my fellow Pod people and persons that have foot related problems, I've found a product called Barefoot Science. I like this product and I use it daily, both for myself, and my Podiatric patients, I personally have had foot related injuries and deficits that caused daily foot pain for years as a result of my military service, not any longer though with my Barefoot Science inserts. I would not go without these inserts in my shoes. I was introduced to this product at a foot healthcare symposium, by Mr. Derek Denton of Alamo Medical services... I started working with Barefoot Science a few years ago, and it has really turned our practice into a healing clinic. Helping ameliorate painful Podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, claw toes, hammertoes, corns, plantar fasciitis, patellar misalignments, chrodromalacia patella, ITB syndrome. I have been working in this field of Podiatry since the mid 1980’s, both with U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel, now with Veterans of all armed services as a triple Board Certified Pedorthist and Podiatric clinic manager. I wished we would have had this Barefoot Science product while I was on active duty as a Navy Corpsman, this may have prevented a lot of future/past foot related conditions that we see now. I have also noticed currently within our Podiatric practice a remarkable shift for continuity of care while using these barefoot science rehabilitative foot inserts. The patients get better and stronger while walking not sitting with their feet elevated and hoping the Nsaids do the job. I’ve noticed a reduction of fatigue from all our patients now that they can walk and repair themselves; we have reduced the need for pharmaceuticals (pain meds), orthotics, foot-braces, or surgical interventions, finally solutions, for these chronic and painful foot problems!
Richard PadyTriathlon Coach, Trainer and Competitor
I now realize that orthoses which are designed to accommodate ankle, foot, knee misalignments and weak, dysfunctional foot musculature, is not the best option. Anyone that puts Barefoot Science insoles in their shoes will have an increase in performance and a greatly reduced chance of injury. I now wear my Barefoot Science ever day and recommend them to all of my clients.
I have personally witnessed this product to change muscle firing patterns in the glutes and hamstrings in a mere 300 steps once the product was inserted into the shoe. This change has been demonstrated in the elite athletes I deal with on a daily basis to the average person looking to find more stable and symmetrical balance. Rather than using a rigid orthotic that braces the foot, these insoles, are adaptive and teach the foot to work more efficiently and properly. Bottom line whether you are just exercising to stay healthy or you are an Olympic sprinter or professional athlete, less injuries and better performance will allow you to keep doing what you are doing, do it with less pain, and progress in your goals. Barefoot Science has developed a simple way to begin to maximize the use of all of the lanes in your nervous system’s highway and in turn create stability, performance and symmetry. I work with Olympic and professional athletes such as Will Claye, Nick Symmonds, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Marvin Bracy, all of whom have had a beneficial effect using Barefoot Science insoles. I would recommend them to all levels of athletes, even the normal person walking or hiking.
Darryl T. Bossence, B. Sc., D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic
We have been using the Barefoot Science system for approximately 18 months and have been pleased with the results they have generated. I am most interested in the Barefoot Science system because of the dynamic “rehabilitative” approach that they stimulate in the body vs. The static “bracing” theory that traditional orthotics tend to use. It is for this reason that I recommend Barefoot Science and so it is important for patients to understand this principle. I see many lower kinetic chain complaints in this office and Barefoot Science is a logical aid to treatment. Its availability is quite cost-effective, and I believe it is a worthwhile cause to develop. I believe that patient education is paramount for compliance and for ultimately achieving results. Therefore, I believe the development of educational tools for this product is a sound investment. Sincerely,
Dr. Lawrence S. Bell, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.C., FCCSS(C), FICC
It was while searching for an extra light orthotic for track and field spikes six years ago that I chanced upon the Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System. From the get go I was getting feedback that these inserts were preferred by the athletes over their original products. I have seen ironing board flat feet transform into pain free normal functioning feet. My own story involves a badly crushed and nearly amputated foot that was partially responsible for my chiropractic decision. I now realize that trapping my foot into a rigid orthotic doomed a two-year rehabilitative effort. After faithfully wearing Barefoot Science insoles, I now have an arch and a pain-free foot. Expect to feel a difference as you start implementing the Barefoot System. You will usually realise change throughout the entire Lower Kinetic Chain as it realigns and adapts to the Barefoot System. These minor symptoms are temporary and confirm a change is in process. I am quite confident that the Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System will make a difference to your wellness. I have seen the results clinically and can personally attest to their effectiveness. Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella MD FAAFPProfessor West Virginia University School of Medicine WVU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health
A unique category of insoles is a Proprioceptive Based insole by Barefoot Science. The patented insole focuses on the use of the body’s own sensory perception and proprioception to introduce a mild stimulus to a region corresponding with the foot’s center of mass. The body’s natural response to the stimulus is to move away and thus a series of continuous and minute muscle contractions are begun. The insole works with a progressive series of inserts, much like a progressive resistance training program, to gradually introduce this muscle strengthening component to the foot. So as opposed to the concept of brace or support or the concept of cushion and insulate, here the concept is strengthen / rehabilitate. For those of us that have begun questioning the benefits of the brace-support and cushion footwear products this makes perfect sense. Another interesting aspect of the insole is how it interfaces with the foot. The typical science of insoles focuses on primarily supporting the foot’s medial arch and possibly, depending on product, the transverse and lateral arches. The shape and concept behind Barefoot Science is in interfacing with the foot’s centre of mass. This key region is also aligned with the body’s line of action through the foot and thus it creates a dome like effect that the foot can rotate about. From an anatomical point of the view the hip is like a ball-socket, the knee is like a simple hinge and therefore the foot, to interact multi-directionally with the ground, it needs to have a ball-socket multi-directional capacity also. This aspect is especially beneficial for those running or doing any sports on uneven surfaces. Apart from the sock, the insole is the layer in most immediate contact with the foot. The features and benefits of this insole comes as close as can be found to bringing the benefits of actual foot/ground interface inside the shoe to the foot/insole interface. It is also transferable into daily footwear effectively providing progressive barefoot like stimulation for every step taken which in theory should reduce the injury rate and shorten the transition time that some have associated with the minimalist/barefoot transition. Overall the advantages of improved foot strength translate into more efficient and a less injury prone movement. The natural mechanics of the musculoskeletal system are capable of providing the shock absorption and support our body requires for most activity. Insoles focusing on the strengthening and rehabilitation of the foot make the most sense. These insoles are ultra-light weight, flexible and come in full and 3⁄4 length. This product makes sense for not only minimalist runners but for the entire shoe wearing population.
I have been running barefoot or in the Vibram FFs for the past decade. Thus, I do not need to be "educated" re: the benefits of barefoot midfoot running. My squat/scoot technique of tight/light/compact/forward running has proven time & again to be one of the safest, most efficient & powerful ways to distance run. My physical issues started years previously when (like most serious runners) I wore the 'coffins' religiously. After fighting piriformis & Achilles tendonitis issues off & on for years, I switched to barefoot/FFs running. However, I still had the lingering issues. After having hours of various treatments from some of the best practitioners in Ontario over a number of years, I was ready to accept my fate as a 'run-in-constant-pain' runner (if I wanted to continue running @ all). This in spite of all my knowledge, specific training off-road & barefoot running. I met Lance & Rob from Barefoot Science about 2 years ago &, after a bit of convincing, tried the full sole graded proprioceptive insert. Almost immediately, I noticed a reduction in my Achilles pain. The piriformis pain was slower to dissipate (& still crops up from time to time). I continue to wear the 1/2 sole insert in my work & dress shoes & even use them in my FFs during the depths of our Canadian winters. I'm convinced that the neuromuscular/proprioceptive stimuli provided by the Barefoot Science inserts work in conjunction with barefoot training/running to keep the feet, Achilles, calves, knees, hams., quads., hips, gluts & back in proper balance & injury-free. A # of my clients (runners & athletes) are now using the B-S inserts with consistently positive results.
WILLIAM WESTBERG Speciality Division Account Executive, Division of LFUSA
Barefoot Science insoles are the best I have ever come across including a $500 pair I have from a foot doctor. I think I originally saw them on an infomercial either on line or on TV. I have them in every pair of shoes and sneakers I own. They have improved my overall arch health dramatically since I began using them. They also last a long time as you can see from the time I placed my last order for 5 in 2010. Hopefully the company continues offering this great product in the future. Thanks again for your help.
Dave Lemke Sports/Neuromuscular Therapy Educator
Honestly if I could bring about this kind of change with manual therapy and exercise then folks would flock to my seminars.
Dr. Rick L, D.C.
I am a practicing Chiropractor and have been in practice 35 years. I treat not only spine and back problems but foot problems having taken a three year post graduate orthopedics program in addition to my basic chiropractic training. I have chronic foot problems myself and have worn foot orthotics for 15 years both over the counter brands as well as custom physician prescribed. I have been using the barefoot science insoles for approximately five weeks and have just started on the level 4 inserts. I noticed a definite reduction in foot pain the first week. After week three of using the barefoot science insoles I had to go back and use my previous orthotics two days per week, because I needed more medial arch support for a severely pronated left foot due to congenital underdevelopment of the medial arch. I feel the benefit to the barefoot science insole is their unique design which lifts and spreads the metatarsal bones which can facilitate the breaking up of scar tissue and fixations while increasing range of motion in the midfoot. The main weakness of the system as I see it is the lack of support for the medial and lateral arches of the foot. For the average person with foot and arch pain due to old sprains/strains or who have mild arch imbalances, the barefoot science system may be the only foot orthoses necessary to achieve symptom relief. For individuals with severe flat foot, congenital issues or inflammation such as plantar fascitis, use of a regular physician prescribed orthotic may be necessary in the acute stage and then periodically as needed while the Barefoot Science science insoles are used.