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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.

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Why Heel Strike Running Destroys Your Knees, Despite Wearing Thick Cushioned Running Shoes and a Knee Brace!

24/03/2024 Bretta Riches 0

Unlike forefoot running, the knee is most severely impacted in heel strike running because landing heel-first was found to cause the knee to automatically lock at landing, which not only contributed to an over-extended stride tied to longer, more intensive braking, it also caused the leg to lose its shock absorbing capability, resulting in greater-than-normal all-around impact levels.

What Running Style is Best for Your Knees?

What Running Style is Best for Your Knees?

14/03/2024 Bretta Riches 3

The best way to maintain healthy knees when running is to avoid heel strike running because it always accompanies a hyper-extended knee, an overly long stride and unusually long braking with the ground, which CANNOT be improved with a cushioned, motion control stability running shoe. The only proven method to protect your knees long-term is to land with a forefoot strike because it prevents hyper-knee extension at landing, an over-stride and a low cadence, all of which were consistently found to literally cure running-related knee pain and injury.


How Can I Run Without Injuring My Knees?

How Can I Run Without Injuring My Knees?

20/01/2024 Bretta Riches 0

What can a runner do to protect their knees? Research shows that heel striking and wearing a knee brace are the two biggest contributors to chronic knee pain and injury! As it turns out, heel strike running or running with a knee brace pushes many aspects of your stride mechanics out of neutral range, resulting in excessive impact on the shin and knee! This is why a knee brace is an imperfect solution because it comes with a heavy burden, whereas forefoot running is seen as a net positive, promoting reliable impact protection and more controlled stride mechanics necessary to preventing knee injury.


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Do Minimalist Shoes Hurt Your Knees?

Do Minimalist Shoes Hurt Your Knees? NO!

01/01/2024 Bretta Riches 0

The science is settled that minimalist running shoes are significantly safer for your knees than standard running shoes. This is because bending strain and rotational stress are greatly reduced off the knee in minimalist shoes as more controlled pronation is engaged as well as higher cadence, which minimizes impact at the knee, too!


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