While working on a literature search for a new study that I am very excited to present the results from very soon, I once again came upon this article and felt it was worth mentioning. Our study which should be published in 2014 will demonstrate some long awaited data in regards to barefoot running and minimalist shoes.
The study titled Take your shoes off to reduce patellofemoral joint stress during running looked at data from 22 experienced runners who ran barefoot and with a neutral running shoe. The results demonstrated that running barefoot decreased peak patellofemoral joint stress by 12% (p=0.000) in comparison to shod running.
The authors concluded the elevated patellofemoral joint stress observed during shod running might contribute to patellofemoral pain. Running barefoot decreases patellofemoral joint stress.
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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.
The correct link is this one: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2013/07/12/bjsports-2013-092160.abstract