Everyone is on the barefoot and minimalist running kick these days. Much of the time, justifiably so. But, if you have been reading our work here on our blog you will know that there are many issues that these same folks are just not talking about. We have tried to share our concerns about the forefoot load when there is a forefoot varus or forefoot valgus and the implications of faulty mechanics and injury resulting from asymmetrical forefeet. Not everyone can forefoot strike without heightened injury risk. This is why many times we suggest a midfoot strike since it dampens some of these risk factors when present. Manufacturers who promote a forefoot landing loading event need to be talking about these risks.
Spatiotemporal gait parameters were measured as well as postural sway. Their results indicated that, although there were no effects of toe deformities on spatiotemporal gait characteristics or postural sway, older people with hallux valgus and lesser toe deformities were found to display altered forefoot plantar pressure patterns. These findings suggest that toe deformities alter weight distribution under the foot when walking, but that the relationship between toe deformities and falls may be mediated by factors other than changes in spatiotemporal gait parameters or impaired postural sway.