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Why Aren't Shoes Preventing Running Injuries?

Running Shoes

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  • The main risk factor increasing your risk of suffering a running-related injury has nothing to do with footwear; it’s suffering a previous injury in the last 12 months
  • Age, gender, fitness level, experience, weight, prior injuries, and your unique running stride can all influence your risk of a running-related injury, making it difficult to quantify the benefits or risks of footwear
  • Some research suggests modern running shoes, with their heavily cushioned, elevated heels, may actually encourage runners to strike the ground with their heel first—a move that generates a greater collision force with the ground, leading to an increased potential for injury
  • Running-related chronic injuries to bone and connective tissue in the legs are rare in developing countries, where most people are habitually barefooted
  • New research also revealed no significant differences in injury rates among runners with varying pronation wearing a neutral shoe, which suggests the widely held role of pronation in injury may be a myth

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 30 million Americans ran at least 50 times in 2012, signifying just how popular this exercise has become for fitness, sport, and simply as a pastime.


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