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  1. #8
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    Dec 2015
    Wilton Street Glasgow

    Re: Foot stiffness and footwear

    If it helps , think of the distal half circle of wood as being representative of the deep transverse ligament and the ground under the metatarsals . As the forefoot becomes weight bearing the metatarsal heads are locked in position by ground reaction forces and strain in the transverse ligament acting in different directions . Hence , the unshod foot first adapts to the underfoot terrain and then in later stance , provides a bespoke rigid lever , for propulsion and traction . ( in the sense of grip )

    So to summarize , the foot first adapts to the underfoot terrain then becomes rigid in the most appropriate configuration . This adaptability is most apparent in the forefoot .
    An amazing structure .

    Gerrard Farrell

    Wilton Street

    Last edited by Gerrard Farrell; 09-12-2017 at 03:44 PM.

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