A new natural rubber-band exercises your feet for the second time, thanks to a new study.
The research was led by researchers at the University of Oxford and found that wearing a natural rubberband while exercising is effective at improving foot pain and preventing injury.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Sports Sciences.
“The new study shows that wearing rubber bands is effective in reducing foot pain by reducing the force of friction on the toes, which can be harmful to the foot,” said lead author Dr. Matthew Johnson, a research fellow at the School of Education and Research at the university.
“These findings highlight the potential of natural rubber bands to reduce pain and improve walking, even for the elderly and those who are prone to injuries.”
Dr. Johnson and his team compared the effects of wearing rubber band shoes and shoes with a traditional shoe, which required the use of a shoe cushion.
The research involved measuring the effects on foot pain of wearing a rubber band shoe while walking and measuring the friction of a rubber ring around the foot, as well as the amount of pressure applied.
“Rubber band shoes have been shown to be effective in decreasing foot pain in studies with varying results, including studies of elderly people who have osteoarthritis and arthritis,” Dr. Johnson said.
“Our study looked at how wearing rubber rings was associated with reducing foot injuries.”
The researchers conducted a similar study using a natural, natural-looking rubber band that was attached to a foot cushion, as opposed to the rubber band found in a traditional rubber band.
“In our study, the natural rubber ring was associated more strongly with the increase in foot pain, whereas the natural-based rubber ring produced less foot pain,” Dr Johnson said, noting that the natural version of the rubber ring is less likely to cause irritation or pain.
“These findings suggest that wearing natural rubber rings improves the function of the natural part of the foot.”
Researchers also looked at the effects natural rubberbands had on the amount and strength of the force applied, and how much the natural product affected the foot.
“We found that natural rubber products were more effective than synthetic rubber rings in reducing pain and improving walking, but we also found that there was a small difference in the amount, or strength, of the friction that occurs,” Dr Smith said.
The researchers concluded that natural product-based natural rubber acts on the natural foot and, in doing so, is more effective for reducing pain than synthetic products.
“For example, synthetic rubber can cause pain in some individuals,” Dr Harris said.
“This study highlights the importance of using natural products when exercising.
These natural products reduce friction on a particular area of the feet, and thus are a safe and effective way to improve walking.”
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