Friday, July 13, 2007

Barefoot Science Insoles

“Barefoot Science presents a unique approach to the maintenance of proper foot biomechanics. As a user with an injured foot and ankle, I am now able to generate ground reaction forces and a functional push off. "

-Peter J. Fowler, MD FRCS(C), Past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2002-2003 Medical Director of the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of Western Ontario

“As you know, I have been using your product on my patients for two years now, in approximately 1600 cases, with nothing less than spectacular results."

-Bruce Comstock, DC, Author, Weight Training Safely - The F.I.T.S. Way

“Barefoot Science philosophies are based on sound medical and scientific principles, common sense, and provide a vastly superior understanding of foot function when compared to conventional views."

-Thomas D. McClain, MD ABOS AAOS, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

I've been suffering from left foot pain for several months now- on the inside of the foot between the arch and the heel bone. Always on the lookout for new products, I came across the Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System.

The System is actually a soft insert that "works inside the shoe like a rehabilitative exercise program to safely and naturally stimulate, strengthen, and restore healthy foot function, optimizing comfort and performance. The stabilized foot and improved muscle function facilitate optimal bone alignment, not only in the foot, but up through the body."

They come with 5 plugs that fit into the bottom, so you start at 1 and work your way up.

Currently I am going on my second full week, and I have to admit they do feel better than any over the counter insoles I've tried.

I'll post updates on how I am doing, but like most other overuse pains cross-training is probably the ideal recipe.


  1. Dave - How have the BSIs worked for you? Would you recommend them for someone already in the throes of plantar fasciitis? Thanks!

  2. I am still wearing the Barefoot Science inserts- I still feel slight pain in my foot but it seems to be under control and I am training hard. Your question I guess depends upon the severity of your fascitis- if it's too far gone than you'll have to cross train and lay off running and treat the inflammation. They are cheap enough that you don't have much to lose by not trying them.

  3. How do I find a foot doctor/podiatrist in Madison, WI that subscribes to this science?

  4. Sorry I cannot answer that one.

    Barefoot Science offers an inexpensive over-the-counter option for possible relief of whatever is bothering you.

    Obviously a podiatrist or sports medicine physician would be a better choice if you are looking for a professional diagnosis and proven treatment modalities.

    Depending on the severity of your problem, the Barefoot inserts present a low-cost option before seeking more expensive medical opinions. All I can say is try them and if they don't work it hasn't cost you a great deal.

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