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Posted on 04-30-2014
A recent article (link at the bottom of article) in a monthly publication I read discussed this topic and was quite informative, going through various research and providing some insight on HOW to pick shoes based on foot type, etc.
In our office, we see plenty of foot / ankle / calf problems that arise from working out, running, or even just walking. People will often wonder “maybe it’s my shoes?” or they’ve already replaced their shoes and sometimes it helps a little, sometimes not at all. Frustrating…especially when you just spent $50-100 or more.
From the article, I’ll summarize the findings:
The author also interestingly noted the minimalist “five finger” shoes have been shown to cause a higher injury rate due to lack of protection/cushioning. While some will do well with these and swear by them (we have patients who do), the findings have been that most people will not.
We agree with the author that the best shoes for each person are going to be ones that fit the shape of their feet, both in width/length and shape of the foot and height of the arch, and then most importantly, the preferred stiffness of the mid-sole of the shoe.
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