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The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Running: Recommended Article in Lower Extremity Review

Posted on September 23 2014

Quick heads up – I was interviewed a few months ago for an article that was recently published in Lower Extremity Review. Titled “The Rise and Fall of Minimalist Running,” the article takes what I feel is a pretty balanced look at what we have learned over the past few years as a result of rise (and fall) in popularity of minimalist running shoes. Here’s an excerpt from the conclusion of the article:

Craig Payne, DipPod, MPH, a retired lecturer in podiatry at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and occasional online provocateur on the “Running Research Junkie” blog, agreed.

“It comes down to this: Different running techniques load different tissues differently,” he said. “It’s not a matter of one being better than another; individuals need to work out which suits them best. I suspect that those with a history of knee injury may do better in minimalist shoes than those with a history of ankle or Achilles injuries.”

Joseph Hamill, of the University of Massachusetts, shares this view, with a further caveat.

“Changing to a different type of shoe may ease patellofemoral pain, but it may cause a different injury,” he said. “Nothing in life is free; when you change your footfall pattern, you’re just changing one type of injury for another.”

I pretty much share this exact same viewpoint with regard to shoes and form – different solutions will work for difference people depending on their individual differences in anatomy, strength, mobility, etc.

Read the full article by Cary Groner here.

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