[ExI] The natural human gait (Re: Barefoot running)

Alan Grimes agrimes at speakeasy.net
Tue Jan 17 23:17:10 UTC 2012

J. Stanton wrote:
> Also, the natural human gait does not involve running purely on the
> toes. You land on the outside of the ball of your foot and roll towards
> your heel, which impacts the ground as your lead foot passes behind your
> body. Thus, the arch of your foot compresses and absorbs the shock of
> impact -- which is why we have arches in the first place! Then you push
> off with your big toe, which is pointed forward on toe-off.

I tend to walk around on the balls of my feet mainly because I'm prone 
to heel cracks. =\

Speaking as a transhumanist, I've been kinda interested in trying out a 
4-toe configuration with two large and two small toes. I would imagine 
this would be advantageous for a number of reasons. Obviously, if I'm 
uploaded trying this would be impossible because feet wouldn't exist. =(


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