'Minimal' Running Shoes May Reduce Injuries
According to a recent study, running shoes with no cushioning—called "minimal" running shoes—that encourage runners to land on the ball of the foot rather than the heel may reduce injury risk. The force of the foot hitting the ground while running is referred to as the loading rate. Minimal running shoes help produce a lower loading rate.
The study's lead author, Dr. Hannah Rice, of the University of Exeter, reports that about three-quarters of runners are injured each year. Some of these injuries could be prevented by adopting a forefoot strike running style instead of a rearfoot strike style.
According to Dr. Rice, runners are often misguided when it comes to buying new running shoes. Runners who wish to transition to minimal running shoes should do so gradually and under professional guidance.
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