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Running barefoot lessens joint stress

Are expensive running shoes worth it?


 

A study of 68 volunteers running on treadmills found that those wearing high-end running shoes put more strain on their joints than those running barefoot. Not only that, researchers found that running in athletic shoes put more stress on joints than walking in high heels. The study is thought-provoking but hardly conclusive. Surprisingly, given all the R & D that seems to go into producing high-tech training shoes, there’s been little independent research into what’s the best footwear. As well, people tend to change their running style when they go shoeless, and measuring the forces on joints is difficult.

The Guardian


 
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Running barefoot lessens joint stress

  1. Treadmills and outdoor running are two completely different activities and most running shoes are designed for the latter.

    I suspect carrying less weight long-term will outweigh (unintentional pun) the wear and tear of running. I wouldn't want to run barefoot anywhere in the Ottawa core anyway…

  2. The problem with this research jumped at me in this sentence: "researchers found that running in athletic shoes put more stress on joints than walking in high heels".

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