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Selecting Running Shoes

Dr. Foot Solutions - Thursday, May 29, 2014

At last we have the first public policy on selecting running shoes, from an accredited sports authority, the American College of Sports Medicine.

After 30 years of misinformation, misunderstanding and much hyped marketing from sports shoe companies, we finally have sensible public policy. This is a sound basis for all health professionals, shoe fitters and the fitness industry to base their recommendations or “prescriptions”. It is also easy to follow for the beginning or advanced runner.

Read here. www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/running-shoes.pdf?sfvrsn=4

At Dr Foot Solutions, we believe this policy also relates to walkers – the market that majority of running shoes are sold to. We have applied these principles for over 4 years to our clients. Typically, those with chronic injuries such as Achilles Tendonosis and Plantar Fasciosis do not get better until they replace their excessively supportive, and up to 12mm heel height and arbitrarily cushioned (“motion control”) shoes with ones that accord more to correct anatomical alignment and posture. 

These types of injuries respond faster if foot strengthening and proprioceptive stimulating devices/techniques are also introduced, which help soften foot strike.

As well as physiological footwear, our minimalist range includes “Altra” zero drop, Vivobarefoot and Skechers Go Bionic. We also specialise in Skechers Go Run – the perfect transitioning shoe that encourages midfoot strike. Runners are encouraged to test shoes for their effects on foot strike patterns by actually running on our test pathway.

Experience the difference today! Like the post, and with every purchase of Skechers Go Run, Altra, Vivobarefoot, Hoka and Joya until 30th June, you will receive a free pair of injinji toe socks.

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