Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another Reason to Go Barefoot

New research shows that running shoes designed to correct for overpronation do not, in fact, protect against injury.
The lesson of the newest studies is obvious if perhaps disconcerting to those of us planning to invest in new running shoes this summer. “You can’t simply look at foot type as a basis for buying a running shoe,” says Dr. Bruce H. Jones, the manager of the Injury Prevention Program for the U.S. Army’s Public Health Command, and senior author of the military studies. The widespread belief that flat-footed, overpronating runners need motion-control shoes and that high-arched, underpronating runners will benefit from well-cushioned pairs is quite simply, he adds, “a myth.”
Go barefoot already.

(Source: The New York Times)