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Flat earth and wobbly feet

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Ian Linane, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Ian Linane

    Ian Linane Well-Known Member

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    Thought I'd paste this on the forum. It comes from the English "Daily Mail". Contains some information from New Scientist.


    Despite help from Coronation Street (English soap opera), cobbled thorough fares never acquired a glamorous image.

    But now their reputation has been given a leg up. According to doctors, they are much better for our health than flat floors and perfect pavements.

    Flat streets are causing an increasing number of illnesses from varicous veins to high blood pressure because our feet are not designed for such uniformly level surfaces.
    Instead says a report in the journal new scientist, they are designed for “wobbly walking” as this uses all the parts of a foot, keeping it excercised and healthy.
    “The feet of a typical urbanite rarely encounter terrain any more undulating than a crack in the pavement” says the report.
    “Whilst that may not seem like a problem; it seems like this flat earth business is not doing us any good”
  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks Ian ... here is the link to New Scientist:
  3. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    During the 17th and early eighteenth centuries (when cobbles were much in evidence in London and Paris) young fashionable men had metal snags put on the heels of their dandy oxford shoes and John Bull boots. The reason was the make a noise when they walked across the cobbled streets. Affluent young men terrorised the urban thoroughfares at night by robbing, raping and killing innocent perambulators. Clubs or gangs were formed like the Macoronis and Hell Fire Club, membership was made up of landed gentry and groups got up to all sorts of crime and antisocial behaviour, including orgies and satanism. One reason cobbles were replaced by tarmacadum was to stop antisocial behaviour and give victims a chance to run away.

    Hey. what do I know?
  4. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Here are some more snippets from the article:
    From issue 2531 of New Scientist magazine, 24 December 2005, page 52
  5. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    walking on side of footpaths

    i have advised my pts (able to do so) to use the side of the footpath when they go for their walk, since i read an old chiropody text (held at sydney uni med library). by utilising the grass/dirt (unless it's dangerous; extreme slope, hard seeds/berries on ground) the 'complete' rom of joints are used and the extreme vertical ground reaction forces of contacting concrete are avoided. both to delay the onset of the degenerative arthritides.....didnt know about reflexology then but more power to the practice, mark c

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