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Why We Need Better Data On Fitting Shoes For Children

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS | 4,005 reads | 0 comments | 05/09/2012

Children are not just little adults. We know this intuitively when we care for our own children but when it comes to feet, I think most shoe companies are really regressing.

Sharing Insights On Minimalist Shoes Worn By Athletes In The Recent Olympics

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS | 13,909 reads | 0 comments | 09/21/2012

Even a month after the end of the Olympics, I still get questions about the bright yellow shoes I am wearing. People often ask if they are the same kind of shoes from the Olympics this year. My shoes are actually New Balance Minimus sneakers and those that many of the Olympians wore are from the Nike Volt collection.

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests running shoes of different prices have comparable cushioning regardless of cost.

Do Runners Get What They Pay For With Expensive Shoes?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 12,047 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2007

When choosing a pair of running shoes, consumers have a wide range of choices with a number of models available in different price ranges. Does buying a more expensive running shoe necessarily translate into getting a better quality shoe? A recent study suggests there may not be that much difference in cushioning between inexpensive and more expensive shoes.

Are Shoes Part Of The Problem With Football Injuries?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 18,273 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2004

   There were a lot of reports circulating last month about the rise of injuries in the National Football League (NFL). An Indianapolis Star article noted that after four weeks of play, 34 players had been placed on injured reserve, the highest number in six years. As this issue went to press, 346 players are listed on injury reports in the NFL with the injuries ranging from mild to season-ending injuries. (That is an approximate average of 11 injured players per team.) Sixty-three of these injuries (18 percent) are lower-extremity injuries.

Point-Counterpoint: Can Toning Shoes Have A Legitimate Impact?

David Y.S. Yee, DPM, FACFAOM, and Eric Fuller, DPM | 22,342 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2011
Yes. Aside from the toning shoes’ benefits on muscle toning and core strengthening, this author says one can also incorporate the shoes into treatment plans for numerous podiatric conditions.

By David Y.S. Yee, DPM, FACFAOM

Why Minimalist Shoes Are A Boon For My Practice

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS | 11,136 reads | 1 comments | 07/26/2012

I am fascinated by the postings on this Web site in which colleagues argue about the merits of barefoot running as well as the superiority of minimalist shoes over traditional running shoes. I have been one of many who have challenged the barefoot/minimalist advocates but now I wonder why I should go through any effort at all.

The fact is that my own clinical practice has blossomed with new patients presenting with injuries directly attributed to this new type of footwear.

Minimalist Shoes And Injuries: Keys To Diagnosis And Patient Education

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 25,218 reads | 3 comments | 10/05/2011

Footwear News reports that the emergent category of minimalist shoes represents between 10 and 20 percent of the business of runner specialty stores.1 Through July 2011, minimalist shoe sales have already totaled $30 million, up nearly twofold from the year-ago period. What this means to podiatrists is the trend toward minimalist shoe purchases is not a temporary flash in the pan phenomenon but rather a groundswell of change, at least for now.

Emphasizing Proper Shoes And Orthoses In Runners

Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS | 10,390 reads | 1 comments | 01/30/2012

For every foot, there is an athletic shoe that fits correctly. After specializing in sports medicine for over 20 years, I know this is true.

Recommending Shoes To Patients Who Insist On Minimalist Running

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 6,018 reads | 0 comments | 08/31/2012

Let me first say that I am not a fan of minimalist running for the majority of my patients. Having said that, “just don’t do it” is not an acceptable directive to patients who are going to run in minimalist shoes in spite of what I recommend. Due to this, I have reluctantly learned to evaluate minimalist running shoes. Not surprisingly, the best way to do this utilizes some of the same principles used when evaluating non-minimalist styles.

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

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 5,698 reads | 0 comments | 05/07/2012

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.