New Shoes?

The right shoe won’t pro­tect you from in­jury, but the wrong shoe will cer­tainly make it eas­ier for bad things to hap­pen

Runner's World (UK) - - Recovery Service -

Run­ning-shoe man­u­fac­tur­ers can be rather lib­eral with their claims re­gard­ing shoes’ abil­ity to pre­vent in­jury, but a re­cent re­view pa­per by Univer­sity of Cal­gary biome­chan­ics ex­pert Benno Nigg con­firmed that de­spite pur­ported ad­vance­ments in run­ning-shoe tech­nol­ogy, in­jury rates haven’t dropped. That led to Nigg sug­gest­ing that you shouldn’t choose run­ning shoes based on the two key ele­ments of gait anal­y­sis: prona­tion and footstrike. In­stead, he ob­served that your body nat­u­rally runs to its ‘pre­ferred move­ment path’, what­ever shoes you’re wear­ing. In an area of of­ten be­wil­der­ing tech­nol­ogy and op­tions, his re­sult­ing advice is re­fresh­ingly sim­ple: choose the pair you find most com­fort­able. ‘That makes sense as, in gen­eral, I don’t be­lieve shoes cre­ate in­juries un­less you make a dra­matic change,’ says Goom. ‘Switch­ing from some­thing very sup­port­ive to some­thing re­ally min­i­mal­ist with a zero drop, that’s a big change and can cause in­jury.’

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