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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“The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade”Benjamin Franklin Sensory feedback from the soles of the feet […]
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.
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.
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.
introductory offer just 11,90 €
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 access free 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.
The Functional FootMap is a practical footprint analysis system that can be easily integrated into both clinical and gym environments.
CorrectToes are silicone toe spreaders that aligns your toes in the anatomically correct position. These toe spreaders for all toes can be comfortably worn in shoes, with socks and / or barefoot to offer you great comfort and flexibility.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.