Dr. Lieberman Strikes AgainBy Ahcuah The barefooters’ friend, Dr. Lieberman of Harvard, is part of a team with a new study out on minimalist shoe running. The study shows that running in minimalist shoes (and by implication running barefoot) really does strengthen the foot muscles. The lead researcher is Elizabeth Miller of the University of Cincinnati Department of Anthropology. The study itself is a prospective study looking at changes in the foot muscles for a group of runners who transitioned to minimalist shoes. [In a "prospective" study, you design your study and collect the data as you go, and then analyze it. In a "retrospective" study, you analyze existing data to see if you can find anything there. Obviously, from a scientific viewpoint, prospective studies are better.] The study is The effect of minimal shoes on arch structure and intrinsic foot muscle strength. You can go there and grab a copy yourself (it is open access). It’s been accepted for publication, but not yet published. Here are the result from the abstract. To continue reading, please visit http://ahcuah.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/dr-lieberman-strikes-again/#more-7600.