We live in a world where physical activity is enthusiastically promoted, but exercise related pain and injuries are on the increase. Many people are trapped in a frustrating and ‘vicious cycle’ of trying to lose weight and improve their metabolic health through regular exercise, only to get injured, become even less active than before and gain even more weight!

Although Leonardo Da Vinci understood that the human foot is a ‘masterpiece of engineering and a work of art’, the importance of foot structure and function in human movement has been historically neglected or ignored by both the medical professions and the fitness industry.

This brief introduction on the human foot and its role in exercise related pain and movement dysfunction has been written by Lee Saxby and Dr. Mick Wilkinson. Within its 62 pages, a simple biomechanical understanding of the human foot is presented, explaining its vital role in everyday activities, and how footwear is either destructive or restorative to foot function based on our footwear choice.



Lee Saxby is one of the most recognised coaches for running technique on a global level. Over the last 15 years Lee has been a key figure in the natural movement / barefoot revolution and has been consulted by various shoe companies, university research projects, and injured athletes for his ability to diagnose and correct biomechanical problems. Best-selling author Christopher McDougall (“Born to Run”) as well as the barefoot professor Daniel E. Liebermann (Harvard University) were able to regain their natural athletic abilities through Lee's coaching methods. 


Dr. Mick Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

Dr Wilkinson’s research area is the biology of human health and performance. His work has included applied sport science with world-class squash players, determinants of performance and training for distance running, and biomechanical aspects of running. Ongoing-funded work is exploring links between plantar sensation and regulation of bipedal gait, the influence of foot structure and footwear on foot function and joint loading in running, and exercise and nutritional impacts on thyroid hormone status, inflammation and markers of metabolic health.

"The foundation of performance is health, And the foundation of movement health is foot function."

  Lee Saxby

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