Running shoe debate heats up with the weather

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Spring is here! The forsythia is in bloom, the trees are turning green and runners are hitting the road. Every year, 36 million people in the United States run and about half of them suffer at least one injury. To prevent injury, runners are advised to stretch properly, cross-train in other sports and, above all, to wear proper footwear. Shoes come in for a good deal of the blame for injury and in the last couple of years debate about running shoes has been particularly heated, focusing on the merits of running barefoot or in “minimalist” shoes that mimic running barefoot. “For thirty years, there has been very little structural change in running shoes,” says Dr. Alan Berman, Podiatrist with Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group. “Now runners and shoe manufacturers are jumping on the barefoot bandwagon with dramatically different designs that have serious implications for runners’ form and the potential for injury.” Full Text

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