OUR MISSION:
TO KEEP RUNNERS RUNNING

Running is the largest participation sport in the world with over 100 million recreational runners registered in the US and Europe alone. The majority of this population have started running with the intention of improving their levels of health and fitness but unfortunately the health and fitness benefits of running come at a price as injury rates are extraordinarily high in runners (1 in 3 runners report a running related pain or injury whilst preparing to enter a half or full marathon).

This website has been created to help runners avoid pain and injury by providing a simple assessment of their potential physiological and biomechanical risk factors for running related pain and provides solutions based on corrective exercises, technique advice and footwear selection.

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IMPLICATIONS OF THE TWISTED PLATE MODEL OF FOOT FUNCTION FOR RUNNING-RELATED INJURIES.

The squashed toes of a shoe-shaped forefoot create an unstable base of support, what can be the beginning of several injuries when running. Functional Footwear can help you to avoid these risks.

THE ‘TWISTED PLATE’ MODEL OF FOOT FUNCTION.

The ‘twisted plate’ model is a model of foot function that agrees with experimental data and leads to correct solutions to common foot problems.

MODELS OF FOOT FUNCTION: FAULTY DIAGNOSIS LEADS TO FAULTY INTERVENTION.

The model of foot function used determines how cause and solution are decided i.e. faulty diagnosis can lead to faulty intervention.

Get your individual
Analysis

Free Version

Effective solutions begin with an accurate assessment of the problem.
By answering the questions and taking the test you will receive your individual analysis result, summarized as a permanent web link to give you a better understanding of how your foot function influences your running pain.

  • free individual analysis
  • free personal online result summary

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Pro Version

On the same basis as the free assessment, you will additionally receive your personal permanent link, summarizing your individual analysis and based on these results you will also receive a corrective exercise program specific to your running pain, including instructional videos and a personalised functional footwear recommendation.

  • personal permanent link with a summary of your individual analysis
  • specific corrective exercise program
  • explanatory and instructional videos
  • personalized functional footwear recommendation

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OUR
COURSES

Lee Saxby and Sebastian Bär have over 50 years of experience between them in teaching barefoot/natural running and designing and manufacturing functional footwear. In order to share this knowledge far and wide within both the running and coaching communities, we have made simplicity and accessibility top priority. 

When you purchase either “The Foundation of Human Movement” course or “The Biomechanics of running related pain” course, you will learn the fundamentals of foot function, running biomechanics and footwear design in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

Exercises
for your feet

Pain free running begins in the foot

Humans are born to run and are also born with functional, foot-shaped feet. We believe that restoring the natural shape and function of your foot is fundamental to pain free running and we can show you how to do this with corrective exercises and functional footwear

The Perfect
Equipment

Foot Wedges and Toe Fitness Band

FootWedge & Toeband Set

The footwedge & Toeband set is the equivalent of a toothbrush and flossing set for your feet! Ten minutes, twice a day will dramatically improve your foot function and reduce the risk of running related pain. Detailed instructional videos are include in the pro version of the analysis.

Functional FootMap

The Functional FootMap is a practical footprint analysis system that can be easily integrated into both clinical and gym environments.

Functional Footwear

Functional Footwear is a category of footwear designed to improve and maintain the natural function of the human foot. Find the perfect shoe for your foot type here and improve your foot function with every step you take.

Functional Footwear

5 Common
Running Pains

KNEE

Knee pain in runners is pain located below or around the knee cap or on the inside or outside of the knee joint. The exact location of your pain will determine the diagnosis and category of knee pain but all running related knee pain share common risk factors.

Shin

Shin pain in runners is pain located on the front of your lower leg between the knee and the ankle. The pain can be directly over your shinbone (tibia) or over the muscles that are on the inner or outer side of the tibia. These muscles control the foot and toes and are the muscles most affected by an unstable foot and poor footwear choices.

Heel

Heel pain in runners is pain located in the plantar (sole) aspect of the heel and is usually diagnosed as ‘plantar fasciitis’. The pain is usually worse in the morning and after sitting down or resting for long periods and may be alleviated during running.

Thigh

Thigh pain in runners is pain located in the upper leg between the knee and the hip. If the pain is located at the front and outside upper leg it is associated with stress or strain of the quadriceps and hip flexors. If the pain is located at the rear of the upper leg it is associated with stress or strain of the hamstrings.

Achilles

Achilles pain in runners is pain located on the back of the lower leg from the heel to the calf muscle The achilles is is the largest tendon in the body and has evolved to be a ‘running spring’ to provide elasticity and propulsion during running and sprinting.