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Ironically, Less Cushion in Your Running Shoes May Mean Fewer Injuries

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Story at-a-glance -

  • Walking and running were the original means of transportation and began without the modern footwear that has been available since the mid-1970s
  • Recent research demonstrates less cushion in the shoe may improve your foot strike and reduce loading rate, thus reducing the potential for injury
  • Loading rate may be affected by foot strike, postural alignment and flexibility of your stride, all of which may be tweaked to reduce injury and improve performance

By Dr. Mercola

Although humans have been running for thousands of years, the modern running shoe was not invented until the mid-1970s. The range of available footwear today is significant, from built-up heels and fully cushioned shoes, to minimalist coverings that only protect your feet from the road.


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