Stability Running Shoes May Actually Cause Abnormal Foot Mechanics


There is convincing evidence showing that
some motion control, stability running shoes, which are running shoes specifically crafted
to minimize and prevent abnormal heel motions during touchdown and throughout the stance
phases of running gait, some lines of research has found that these shoes may actually amplify
excessive under or overpronation, which are considered abnormal foot mechanics known to
cause the body harm, predominantly the knee and even the shins, whereby the increased
levels of abnormal pronation potentially spurred on by stability running shoes during running
may be related to how the shoe interacts with the joints below the ankle and in the midfoot
and forefoot. For instance, 2 reports in the Journal Research
in Sports Medicine and Sports Biomechanics, which are linked down below in the description
box, found that the stiffness and rigidity of motion control stability running shoes
significantly limited natural torsional movements of the foot which fueled higher levels of
excessive pronation during running as compared to running barefoot, suggesting that running
barefoot may lead to lesser levels of excessive pronation or more safe levels of pronation
because during barefoot running, certain joints in the foot/ankle complex may have greater
archetaural mobility which may have a lot to contribute to pronatory control. To better understand these findings, the stiffness
of the motion control stability running shoe was found to lock certain motions of a joint
below the ankle, called the transverse talar (taller) as well as the joints in the top
of the midfoot and forefoot, known as tarsometatarsal joints, whereby the restricted architectural
mobility of these joints in stability motion control running shoes, perpetuated greater
twisting forces of the foot which fueled excessive pronation during running, which in turn, may
expose you to even greater risks for ankle ligament injury, medial tibial stress syndrome
(or inner shin splints), runner’s knee and hip injury. This particular thread of research may suggest
that there could be real costs for the failure of certain joints in the foot to make full
participation during certain phases of running gait and could also be a bad development in
foot health and function when certain natural foot-joint motions are closed off, when they
are less engaged, the entire foot may be less secure, which may spur on other forms of mechanical
dysfunction during running, like amplified excessive pronation, to which according to
some estimates in the literature, motion control stability running shoes, even orthotics, may
not always be the best approach for reducing injury risk and aren’t always a mass solution
in providing safe levels of stability support during running. Not to mention that overtime, routine use
of motion control stability running shoes robs the feet of strength because of the structural
barriers of the shoe, there’s not sufficient use to be made of the foot when the feet are
under-engaged and under-stimulated, and of course, that’s not the type of condition
of the foot you want to be sustained because weak feet can have a whole host of negative
effects on your mechanical outputs during running. So, if your experience with motion control
stability running shoes has been nothing but rough and tumble and if you continue to run
in these shoes, you may be doubling down on a losing hand because in such shoes, the pronatory
muscles of the foot remained unchallenged, and their natural capacity to control pronation
fades away. This is why I always like to suggest barefoot
running, incrementally, as your partner of first resort in renewing and rebuilding pronatary
muscular strength in the foot of which more ground can be gained of better pronatary control
with more barefoot running exposure, whereby it’s better to have no obstacles to the
full participation of the foot’s muscles, tendons and bones, giving the opportunity
for the pronatry muscles in the foot to do the work that they can’t do otherwise in
motion control stability running shoes. So, I just thought it would be of value to
bring to your attention that sometimes, some forms of running shoes, like most motion control
stability running shoes, can complicate your injury prevention efforts by incubating a
progressively weaker foot through restricting critical natural ranges of motion of certain
foot structures which may unleash a cascade of abnormal foot movement patterns during
running, whereas running barefoot can deepen the threads of muscular engagement that weaves
a stronger, more dynamically functioning foot that may be more able to hold firm pronation
control effectiveness. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. To stay updated on all the latest research
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