Questioning Our Reliance On Motion Control Running Shoes

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
8/16/12 | 5098 reads | 3 comments
I recently lectured at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine on New Paradigms in Endurance Sport. It was an honor to be in the presence of one of the greatest educators on running, Mark Cucuzzella, MD, a nationally known lecturer and instructor on running form as well as a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon. Read More.

How Running Cadence Can Be A Clue To Injury Prevention

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
7/25/12 | 3081 reads | 0 comments
People often mention cadence when discussing proper running technique. What exactly does it mean? Read More.

How Shoe Choices For Children Can Affect Foot Development

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
6/20/12 | 8760 reads | 5 comments
“I only buy the best shoes I can find.” “I paid $150 for these!” “All of the nurses and doctors wear this brand.” “I change my shoes every three months.” “I consulted with my local running shoe store before buying these.” “I know I have the right shoe for my arch.” Read More.

Is It True That Only Sprinters Run With Forefoot Striking?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
5/17/12 | 5224 reads | 4 comments
Continuing with the discussion on how people should land when they run, it is very interesting to look at the elite marathoners and what particular form they use. Many of those against forefoot striking have sent me videos and pictures of these athletes claiming they are “heel striking.” It almost turns into a he said/ she said type of argument because these runners are moving so fast that it is difficult to slow the video down or alter the video angle to yield a black and white answer. There are, however, many videos on You Tube that show strike patterns of various marathon runners. Read More.

Transitioning A Runner With A Flatfoot Deformity Into A Minimalist Running Shoe

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
4/17/12 | 6230 reads | 3 comments
Initiating a long-term conservative treatment plan for any patient can be a very difficult and challenging process for both the physician and the patient. When we ask runners to back off their mileage or stop running altogether for a period of time to overcome an overuse injury, they often look for other treatment options. Many times, this treatment option becomes a new running shoe. Read More.

Assessing The Literature And Company Claims About Striking Patterns In Runners

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
3/21/12 | 15329 reads | 1 comments
With the interest in barefoot and minimalist running continuing to increase amongst the running community and shoe companies, we encounter another widely debated topic: should we land on our forefoot, midfoot or rearfoot?1-3 Read More.

Do Runners Need Orthotics?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
2/15/12 | 28208 reads | 20 comments
I routinely have runners present to our office demanding orthotics for their shoes. Even more common is the request for replacement orthotics. The question is: Should they even be running in an orthotic? Read More.

Do Running Shoes Still Need Heels?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
1/19/12 | 28377 reads | 19 comments
Has anyone ever pondered the fact that almost every shoe we put on our feet contains a "heel”? This is true whether it is a $200 motion control running shoe or simply a dress shoe that has the ¾-inch heel to accommodate our perfectly hemmed slacks. Let's not leave out the eye catching high heels that we all tell our patients are biomechanically inappropriate. Surprisingly, it's not simply 1 ½-inch pumps that can be wreaking havoc for our patients’ feet. It may very well be the majority of shoes that most of us are wearing. Read More.