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There is a lot going on in the running industry in recent years with the trend or fad towards minimalism and the very recent trend back towards maximalism with the declining sales of minimalist shoes and the interest in them. There is also a lot of focus on running form and running technique. There is also certainly a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding...

Skechers have just setteled for $40 million with the Federal Trade Commission over the advertising claims that they made for their Shape-Up toning shoes. In a statement Skechers denied any wrongdoing and stood by their product but decided to settle to a void a protracted process. Skechers, in their advertising, claimed that their shoes will help people...

While the debate about the benefits of barefoot running continues, the Vibram Five Fingers shoe which is a favorite of the barefoot running community has just had a class action law suit filed against them. The basis of the claim is that the advertising claims for the health benefits of the shoes did not eventuate. There is quite a lot of online debate...

We are seeing more and more reports of posterior tibial tendonitis becoming more common due to the shift to barefoot and minimalist running. Posterior tibial tendonitis is usually symptomatic either just above or just below the medial malleolus. The probable reason for the recent upsurge in this problem is that to forefoot strike, the posterior tibial...

With the increased popularity of barefoot or minimalist running, there is an increased incidence of and injury that is being label TOFP (Top of Foot Pain) on many forums and blogs. There are a number of causes of pain on the top of the foot such as a ganglions, tendonitis and metatarsal stress fractures.  What most of the barefoot or minimalist runners...

What causes medial tibial stress syndrome? There are many theories and ideas as to exactly what medial tibial stress syndrome is. The most recent theory or idea that is gaining some traction is that it is due to increased bending moments in the tibia. This sets up a bone stress reaction that causes the symptoms of medial tibial stress syndrome. There...

Barefoot running is a current fad and is getting more publicity recently from the publication of the book, ‘Born to Run’. This book and many barefoot running websites claim many benefits for running barefoot, but there is little or no evidence to support the claims. The barefoot runners do tend to misuse research to support their causes. Podiatrists...

A meta-analysis and systematic review in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows just how little clear research there is on how foot work (Foot Orthoses and Gait: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Literature Pertaining to Potential Mechanisms. Br J Sports Med. 2009 Dec 8) The authors looked at the evidence for the biomechanical, shock attenuation...

This retrospective case control study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine on Biomechanical and anatomic factors associated with a history of plantar fasciitis in female runners concluded that: A significantly greater maximum instantaneous load rate was found in the plantar fasciitis group along with an increased ankle dorsiflexion range of motion...

The use of foot orthotics for Achilles tendonitis is the subject of an interesting blog post. It is suggested that foot orthotic work in Achilles tendonitis because they change the supination moment. It is suggested that a heel raise does not help Achilles tendonitis by shortening the distance between the origin and insertion of the calf muscles. They...