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Is Cushioning Good or Bad for Running?

30/05/2024 Bretta Riches 0

Contrary to popular belief, more cushioning, especially under the heel, in a running shoe was alarmingly found to increase joint loading on the hips, knees and ankles to the degree of enabling arthritic conditions to potentially develop as compared to runners who run barefoot or in barefoot-type footwear.

What is Forefoot Running

Ankle Pain From Forefoot Running

01/04/2024 Bretta Riches 1

Ankle pain in a new forefoot runner is adaptive pain as the ankle, which is used more functionally in forefoot running thanin heel strike running, is just gaining more developmental strength to the new running condition. The pain will vanish once the ankle has adapted to forefoot running. Why does this pain arise in the first place? Its because the ankle has a bigger role to play in balancing the body, which significantly eases mechanical strain off the knee. In contrast, in heel strike running, the ankle is not used in this functional way but the knee is, which is why over-use knee injuries are higher in heel strike runners, since the additional mechanics engaged by landing heel-first was found to mis-use the knee in ways that causes loss of cartledge to the joint!

Is Barefoot Running Better for Hips?

Is Barefoot Running Better for Your Hips?

18/03/2024 Bretta Riches 6

When compared to thick cushioned running shoes, barefoot running was found to engage widespread mechanical improvements that did a better job at reducing net impact loads and mechanical demands on the hips that accounted for stark reductions in hip pain.

Minimalist Running Shoes vs Traditional

Are Minimalist Shoes Good for Your Feet?

26/06/2020 Bretta Riches 0

Minimalist running shoes prevent injury by encouraging mechanical engagements, such as increased arch mobility and compression, which makes the foot better at holding your stride mechanics more stable and prevents increases in impacts from spreading out onto the rest of the leg!

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