This study intended to answer three questions:
1 – Do the shoes runners wear correspond to their respective barefoot RM?
2 – Does the eversion angle change during shod running, regardless the shoes worn?
3 – Can footwear designed for a specific RM (supination, pronation, neutral) correct or neutralize the eversion angle of runners?
Now this is a topic dear to our hearts at Bartold Clinical. For some time now we have been proposing changes to the way we look at, assess and prescribe running shoes, particularly in relation to two ubiquitous terms in our vernacular
This recent study
The Association Between Rearfoot Motion While Barefoot and Shod in Different Types of Running Shoes in Recreational Runners, Silva et al Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2020) 19, 383 – 389 may be read in its entirety here.
However, the authors did not hold back in their conclusions, which are as follows:
So, can we PLEASE stop talking about shoes controlling pronation (whatever that means) now?
The Achilles Tendon Response to a Bout of Running is not affected by Triceps Surae Stretch Training in Runners, Neves et al Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2020) 19, 358 – 363
As you will all by now know, the idea that stretching may be beneficial, at any level, has really been put under the microscope in recent years.
Again the authors were unequivocal in their conclusion:
So what we need to figure out from this is what is more important, Achilles tendon cross sectional area, or range of motion into dorsiflexion.
The paper may be read in its entirety here.
I know what I think is more important, by quite a long stretch.
How about you?
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