Optimising the spring in your step to enhance footwear design (2017–2022)
The proposed research will explore how the nervous system controls the function of the foot to meet the evervarying
demands of locomotion in the real-world. Specifically, this research will examine how the nervous system
adjusts the mechanical function of our feet across a spectrum of speeds, from slow running through to maximal
effort sprinting. We will determine if running shoes help or hinder the natural spring-like function of the foot, while
exploring a conceptually novel design allowing shoes to support our feet, whilst harnessing the energetic benefits
of the foot's spring-like function. This research has the potential to revolutionise athletic footwear design and has direct implications for athletic performance in running athletes.