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March 29th, 2011

The role of industry recommended footwear

Lower limb joint kinetics in walking: The role of industry recommended footwear

Gait & PostureVolume 33, Issue 3March 2011Pages 350-355

Geoffrey S. Keenan, Jason R. Franz, Jay Dicharry, Ugo Della Croce, D. Casey Kerrigan.
This interesting paper highlights a question that we all have had: do my running shoes have positive and negative impacts on my lower joints? The authors address this question while analyzing peak joint moments in barefoot walking versus three different type of cushioning.  Results show an increase in knee and hip flexion moments in both shod conditions during the early stance phase, mostly due to increased step length.  This paper certainly adds to the debate of biomechanical differences in barefoot wear. Have a multi-pleasant reading!