Avoid An Ankle Sprain: Choose Your Shoes Carefully
By Dr. Michael Nirenberg, DPM
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injury that occurs when walking. In the United States 23,000 people endure a sprained ankle each day. I teach the proper techniques of walking to lessen ankle injuries all the time, but today I’m going to approach the subject from another angle: Your choice in footwear.
Can those well-cushioned running shoes be putting you at a greater risk for an ankle sprain?
I realize this position might go against the common mode of thought that the more shoe under you the better, but after years of treating patients with sprained and fractured ankles, I have to conclude that it’s true.
Beware of Footstrike Studies Focusing on Only One Variable
By Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, MD
A recent study of less than 40 East African tribesman showed that most land on their heels while running at a slow pace on a compliant surface (not pavement) and when they sped up most changed their pattern to midfoot landing. Some in the media then grabbed onto this small sample and somehow arrived at the following “conclusions”:
• Barefoot running is not a good thing…the fad is over
• This supports cushioned running shoes with elevated heels
The study looked at the Daasanach who are a pastoral tribe living in a remote section of northern Kenya. According to the New York Times, “Unlike some Kenyan tribes, the Daasanach have no...
2013 Surf City Marathon, a Barefoot Runner Event?
By Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton
Great time hanging out at the beach, cheering runners on, and shooting barefoot runners (with cameras). Missed the first barefoot runner, when a neighbor came up to chat with me for a bit. Also, didn’t seem to be any official aid stations nearby, so many 4+ hour marathoners enjoyed the fact that we had some food and water available. -Ken Bob
Check out the pictures from the race. I have never seen so many barefoot runners in a non-barefoot running event. Nice. -TJ