A rocker sole shoe or rocker bottom shoe is a shoe which has a thicker-than-normal sole with rounded heel. Such shoes ensure the wearer does not have flat footing along the proximal-distal axis of the foot. Rocker soles may replace regular soles on any style of footwear. Some rocker bottom shoes are purpose built to reduce the function or replace the lost function of a joint. For example, a person with a hallux rigidus stiff big toe may use a rocker bottom shoe to replace the flexion lost at the metatarsal joint.
Footwear with rocker soles are best known for helping to redistribute plantar pressures during gait in patients with diabetes, but research suggests they also have clinically relevant effects on balance and gait that can be beneficial for some populations but potentially dangerous for others. Although shoes were once used exclusively to protect the foot, they are now often used to improve the function of the feet and lower limbs as well. Rocker bottom soles, with added thickness and other design features intended to change gait mechanics, have been used to accomplish these goals for decades, and are currently the most commonly prescribed external therapeutic shoe modification. Potential applications for shoes with rocker sole designs have become wide-ranging, and the biomechanics of how they impact gait has been well researched.
See the details below. The uniquely-designed, multi-layered, cured sole is designed to simulate walking in sand similar to the natural walking environment of the Masai in Kenya. This creates a natural, uneven walking surface and forces the body to use all the major and stabilsing muscle groups, thus training the whole body to move correctly. Many people wonder if MBT Shoes really work.
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