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Minimalist shoe vs conventional shoe for plantar fasciitis

March 7, 2010

I got am email asking me what I thought of the recent study in the Physician and Sports Medicine about those with plantar fasciitis improving more in barefoot or minimalist shoes (Nike Free) compared to conventional shoes. Here is the abstract: Plantar fasciitis is a common injury to the plantar aponeurosis, manifesting as pain surrounding […]

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The lack of evidence for running shoes? – you can’t have it both ways!

February 27, 2010

Who can remember the media flurry and hype on barefoot running sites when Craig Richards published his systematic review last year: Is your prescription of distance running shoes evidence-based in the British Journal of Sports Medicine? Here is the abstract: Objectives: To determine whether the current practice of prescribing distance running shoes featuring elevated cushioned […]

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Do running shoes weaken muscles?

February 25, 2010

That is what the barefoot running community and the anti-running shoe community would have you believe.  You see this claim being made all the time on barefoot running websites, books and on running forums. We know that the barefoot running community are really good at all sorts of intellectual dishonesty, should we believe them on […]

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What has happened to injury rates? Are running shoes to blame?

February 9, 2010

You can often read comments or statements to the effect that running shoe technology has allegedly improved massively over the last 20-30-40 years, yet when you look at the epidemiological studies of running overuse injuries, there has been no change. The barefoot running community tend to use such statements as evidence that running shoes are […]

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Do barefoot runners wear tin foil hats?

February 4, 2010

When you look at many of the websites and blogs that promote barefoot running you cannot help but be left with the impression that running shoes are close to being the source of all evil on this planet. “Global warming can be reversed and world peace achieved if we just stop wearing those damn running […]

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Shoe wearing vs non-shoe wearing populations

January 30, 2010

A number of studies have compared the prevalence of foot problems in shoe wearing and non-shoe wearing populations. They quite clearly showed that there are more foot problems in the shoe wearing population. Why is it that the barefoot running community promote these types of study as supporting barefoot running? I just do not understand […]

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