So I finally took the plunge and bought myself a pair of barefoot shoes.
My muscle imbalances around my body and the scar tissue has been pretty much fixed by ART but the tightness in my hamstrings and calves and their stubbornness to grow (especially the hamstrings) was getting to me.
Enter these shoes.
For those that don’t know most western human beings are walking very very wrong according to the basic anatomical design of our lower extremities.
This is chiefly due to our modern cushioned and raised heel shoes which lead to foot striking with the heel during walking and running. Our feet are designed to land mid/bowl first, with the calves acting as suspension instead of our knees.
This shift in gait also shortens your achilles tendon and forces you into a compromised posture.
It has now been a week that I have pretty mush not taken off these shoes and they feel great!
I have been mostly walking in them to get used to the new gait they force to adopt ( and which as an Italian child I pretty much never knew, no bare feet for us ) but the other day I finally gave a thorough testing by doing my first scheduled 10min HIT running training session which I am using to re establish my cardiovascular capacity.
Aside from a little blister under my right big toe it was a success, no strange pains or issues and it felt very free and natural.
I will keep you posted on m progress and the effects on my rear leg issues.