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I’m sure you have heard about people running in “finger shoes” and bare feet. It is a movement that has probably passed “fad” status amongst runners. And possibly for good reason. There is evidence that when a healthy, normal, well trained foot (attached to a normal healthy body) walks or runs without much support or protection, the individual experiences less injuries. In a recent study, runners in traditional shoes were found to be over three times more likely to report injuries than experienced “minimalist” shoe wearers.
Now the authors of the study do caution that further research must be done before we can conclude that for a healthy population minimalist shoe wear is better. But it does raise some interesting thoughts.
For example, would our feet, knees and backs be better off if we could train our feet to tolerate not wearing supportive shoes during the day? I’m sure the answer is a resounding “maybe for some people…sometimes”.
I’m certainly not advocating throwing away the shoes that you are enjoying now. But for many people, training their feet to function without much support may be a healthy thing to do.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to a minimalist shoe, please check with a podiatrist to see if it’s right for you. For some people, it could cause significant foot and leg problems. And if, after consulting an expert, you decide that it is something you want to try, there is a training program that you can follow to minimize the chances of injury.
So, as with all things related to your health, proceed with caution and take the advice of experts. Consult not only your doctor, but also seek advice from the “shoe experts” in retail outlets specific to running shoes.
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