Back in December I was asked by my friend Damien Tougas of ToeSalad.com if I would be interested in testing an insole system designed to help rehabilitate feet with the types of conditions I have. Before that Damien had been instrumental in encouraging me to take a different approach to dealing with the shin splints that had plagued me most of my adult life... you know how that story goes.
Despite being able to run without shin splints, I still suffered from the side effects of having flat feet and Plantar Fasciitis pain or PF. I was initially quite reluctant and highly skeptical of any product that claimed to be able to help rehabilitate my feet in 6-8 weeks, but after some additional encouragement by Damien I agreed to test the insoles and to record my progress as best I could.
What Were My Results? It took me approximately 13-14 weeks to progress through all of the stages, much longer than the advertised 6-8 weeks. To read a full chronological account of my four months of progress through the progressive stages of the Barefoot Science system, see the full article that I wrote for ToeSalad.com:
After 14+ weeks of the Barefoot Science program I repeated the same foot imprint exercise that I had done at the very beginning to see if I could notice any visible improvements in the reduction of my footprint. Needless to say I was speechless to see the difference the inserts had made!
To any of you reading this and wondering if this would work for you, or if it's worth trying, I would say go and read my full account of how I progressed through the different stages and the issues I had along the way. If you have any questions for me regarding my experience using the inserts, please leave a comment and I will be more than happy to follow up with you.
I would like to thank Damien and Patrick Malleret (inventor of the Barefoot Science System) for not only giving me the opportunity to try this amazing system, but for encouraging me to stick with it and for being there when I had my initial questions and concerns. Thanks! ^BG
Disclaimer: The author (Brian Green) was provided with a free sample of the Barefoot Science insoles via ToeSalad.com for testing purposes.