We all know the benefits of running. Improved endurance, weight loss, and stress reduction just to name a few. With these benefits also comes risk of injury. Each foot is a complex structure that has 28 bones, 33 joints, and 112 ligaments. Needless to say there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Suppose there was a shoe that would alert you before an injury occurs. That is exactly what project RUNSAFER (www.runsafer.eu) is working on.
Project RUNSAFER is developing a shoe with embedded sensors to measure the forces being applied to the foot during running. The information will then be transferred to a phone app providing the runner with real time feedback and make suggestions regarding running form or advise you to stop running before an injury occurs.
The shoe is not expected to go into production until early 2015. I am excited about the potential of being able to see the biomechanical data of a patient running and being able to modify performance more accurately with a custom orthotics device.
If you can not wait for 2015 and would like to learn more about how to avoid foot injuries from running please check out my video:
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