Anti-Shoe

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Stance and gait are driven by automaticities that we consciously manage. The Biometric Foot Function App is designed to provide feedback on stance and gait dynamics for our conscious awareness, which can then redirect/train these automaticities. Triggering these automaticities directly would be a more direct approach. This “shoe” project is research on this subject, which has fascinated this writer for many years. His suspicion is that better functionality in his stance and gait automaticities would lead to global improvements in the function of his neurophysiology. The Biometric Foot Function App hinted at these shifts, but it was observed that engaging the conscious mind was suboptimal (looking at the phone while walking was just one of several observations here).

If the area that the foot connects with the ground is restricted to the root area of the foot (the big toe and big toe end of the first metatarsal) the stance and gait automaticities will reflexively fire. The prototype illustrated below does this by elevating this area ~1/4″ above the rest of the foot. The anatomical underpinnings for this prototype are discussed here:
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF FEET

The elevated portion is large enough to support the toe end of the 1st and 2nd Metatarsal. Note the extra width. This is to allow the 5th Metatarsal to properly contact the earth for lateral stabilization (standard shoes do not accommodate this stance and gait function. In standard shoes the foot rolls off of the outside of the shoe, negating its activation).
The thickness of the lift = .5″ This is a lot for me. It works but I would recommend a .25″ lift to start.
Grip is a key feature of the Anti-Shoe. For the foot automaticities to fire properly a firm, non-slip contact with the ground is required(This is a problem with socks). The Anti-Shoe is designed so that it makes a firm contact both with the ground and with the foot.

The conclusion reached from using these Anti-Shoes is that they do trigger stance and gait automaticities. This writer has been pleasantly surprised that his stance and gait have improved (more integrated with Tensegrity Biodynamics) even when he is not using these training shoes. His thoughts on the next steps for this project lean towards experimenting with a 3-D variant where shoe size and thickness of the lift could be easily modified. A third variable is the intensity of medial pressure on the big toe (if it is skewed laterally). Note the slight lateral impingement of the “upper” on the Big Toe in the first picture.

CAVEAT/WARNING
These shoes are very challenging to structural dynamics. They should be worn extremely conservatively until the body adapts. Conservative use may be as little as a minute or two a day. This is a process that likely will go on for many months or years. In using these shoes you will likely notice aches and pains not only in the feet but also in diverse parts of the body. Overuse will trigger an inflammatory response which you will need to recover from before continuing usage. Eventually, your core will strengthen, and your experience of standing and moving within the gravity vector will be transformed.


META READING

Discussion of projects relating to optimizing Stance and Gait
TRAINING AND RESEARCH INNOVATIONS

An overview of foot structural and functional issues and means to optimize how we use our feet:
FEET

An overview of the core physiological structure and functions of which feet are an essential attribute:
LOCOMOTIVE CORE
and a discussion of human neurophysiology dissected by physiology:
THE FOUR CORES