Learn how Wyatt and Dad Shoe Repair Specialists can convert your traditional running shoes into minimalist running shoes.
Every year 85% of runners experience some type of running related injury.
Traditional running shoe companies have been trying to come up with a better way to make their shoes more comfortable while reducing the number of injuries for their customers. Many changes have been made to their products including changed:
- added stabilizers to the outsides of the shoes
- making the outside bases of the shoes wider
- added harder material in strategic areas while putting softer materials in other areas, and so on.
Even after all this, the injury rate, especially foot injuries, has increased. Some studies have stated that the elevated heel in conjunction with too much cushioning is the source of these injuries. Most of those experts are promoting minimalist shoe, or even barefoot style running.
There are problems with both minimalist shoe and the traditional running. To just switch over to other styles of running without proper foot training has its consequences and is discussed in our “Running Minimalist” article. Traditional running is discussed as follows.
Foot Control and Support Systems studies show that while changes to the outside of the shoe have some effect, it doesn’t stabilize the foot inside the shoe. The foot needs to be stabilized inside the shoe in order to prevent foot related injuries during the gait cycle.
Another problem with addressing improper foot motion only on the outside of the shoe is in attempting to support the arch after it has fully collapsed. The inside of the shoe is still flat and unsupportive of the 3 arches of the foot throughout the gait cycle.