Here’s short video from a biomechanics lab who studied running in shoes vs barefoot and demonstrate the differences in how we land with and without shoes. Clearly shoes influence the way we land and force our bodies to land in a non natural way. Shoes interfere with our ability to shock absorb properly and increase the likelihood of overuse injures when we run. What I learned in biomechanics 20 years ago while studying athletic training no longer holds true when it comes to evaluating runners and treating their injuries. This short 3 minute video demonstrates how shoes “steer” us in the wrong direction when running.
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.