When:  As of, Wednesday,  December 3, 2014  
 Where:  1260 Valley Forge Road, Suite 104
Phoenixville, PA  19460
Phone:  215 884 1709 (Jenkintown Office)
              215 219 9389  (cell phone)
Wednesdays only at this location.


What is the latest recommendation on running shoes?  And how does this research apply to me if I am not a runner?
Running shoes have gone through significant changes since inception over 50 years ago.  Running shoes originally started out as very light minimal footwear – basically protection against the elements with a strap to secure them.
In 1964, the first cushioned running shoe was produced (ASICS which led to Nike) which became an instant success.   Shoes have become increasingly more cushioned and supportive.  Although this sounds good, there has actually been an increase in running injuryes since 1971.  Knee injuries have been the most common injury reported in the literature.   (42% in 2002)
It was theorized that the increase in injuries was related to excessive impact and excessive foot motion, in particular foot pronation.  This lead to additional cushioning and motion control in running shoes.
Even with these these changes up to 79% of runners were continuing to report  injuries in a given year! Clearly the addition of more support and cushioning was not the answer!
A new revolution began in 2009 after the release of the epic story Born to Run.   This shoe was fashioned after the Indians of Mexico dating back to 10,000 years. The purpose of this shoe was simply to protect the sole of the foot from the environmental elements.
Since then, there has been a minimal-shoe explosion! Minimal shoes have been designed to mimic barefoot running as closely as possible.  This design however; led  to more foot injuries because this type of shoe wear places additional load on the foot.  Exercises to strengthen the foot have been found beneficial in decreasing these injuries and aiding in the transition to this running style.
The bottom line is this:  IF the runner’s goal is to adopt barefoot-lie running mechanics, he or she should transition slowly and do with with true minimal shoes.  Alternatively, if runners are going to maintain a rear foot strike pattern, they need to have adequate cushioning under their heel and replace the shoes when the cushioning becomes compromised.
There have been a number of studies recently to suggest that shoes for the older population should also be more minimal.  (thin soled, flexible shoes) Studies show that walking tests improve and knee osteoarthritis pain is less for these individuals than traditional firm, supportive shoes.   Further research is being done in this area, so stay tuned!


Research Corner

Therapy for chronic pain syndrome.

Crawford C, et al,  Physically oriented therapies for the self-management of chronic pain symptoms.  Pain Med; 15:S54-S65, 2014.  This study looked at a patient centered complimentary medical care that acknowledged the patients’ role in their own healing process.

Results were very promising indicating that involving patients in their own recovery is key to a good outcome.  This is present in the McKenzie method already!


Happy Holiday!


I sincerely wish all of you and yours a very blessed holiday.  Enjoy time with friends and loved ones and take time to enjoy the moment!  


Yours truly,  

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