Educating Patients On The Three-Point Approach To Testing Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM

Patients frequently ask for guidance in choosing an appropriate running shoe. In the 1990s, Mark Reeves, DPM, of the Virginia Mason Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle, created the three-point approach to testing running shoes.

Thousands of podiatrists worldwide continue to teach this method today. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and running shoe stores across the country also espouse this method. Recently, Bruce Williams, DPM, published an excellent article for practitioners on the three-point approach. This article included a review of the literature on this subject.1

In a You Tube video, Samantha Gibson, BSc (Hon), teaches patients how to differentiate a good shoe from a bad shoe using the three-point test. Our patient response to this video has been nothing short of overwhelming. Here is the video link to share with your patients: .

1. Williams BE. A three-point approach to testing running shoes. Lower Extremity Review. March 2010. Available at .

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