An interesting study which shows those who ran in minimalist running shoes did outperform the others in the group who wore stability, cushioning, and motion control shoes. The runners in minimalist shoes ran faster and overall were more physically fit. In terms of running injuries, no significant differences amongst shoe gear was observed. This is most likely due to the similar running patterns that didn’t account for individual levels of fitness or variable running parameters. It’s difficult to control running variables in groups this large who run together.
You can read the abstract below.
Source: Minimalist Running Shoes and Injury Risk Among United States Army Soldiers
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About The Author
Dr. Nick Campitelli
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.