>Though smooth pavements and bike paths have never produced much more than an
>occasional blood blister even when running barefoot only once or twice a year
>in the northern climes, my right ball-of-foot occasionally "rewards"
>runningbarefoot on rougher surfaces with enough abrasion to cause a
>couple of days of
>deep dermal oozing and another week or so to get the new skin tough enough for
>renewed barefooting (on bike paths and other smooth pavements).
>Recently, some race photos seemed to show an unintentional outward splaying
>of the right foot (the left foot stayed aimed directly ahead) at almost the
>same outward angle as when the right foot is resting on the gas pedal of an
>automobile. I'm trying to keep the right foot aligned better than
>before now but
>there is soon an inevitable slippage to the outward angle again.
>In the meantime, most commuting is now being done on public
>transportation so maybe the splay will eventually fade (if it
>is not too late!) and I'll try figure out if it has anything to do with the
>more frequent abrasions on the right ball-of-foot..
When standing, rather than turn the front of the foot inward, first
turn the heel outward so that it is straight in relationship to the
forefoot, and parallel with the straight left foot. Then move the
foot inward so that the feet are in their normal parallel position.
The reason for the turning out of the heel first is that it rotates
the hip. The turning in of the forefoot can align the lower foot
while not aligning the femur in the the hip joint.
Something I learned from either hearing or reading LeRoy Perry talk
about alignment of the feet.
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