Minimal footwear are safer than cushioned one.People generally thinks that cushioned shoes are better for leg. But recent study doesn’t seem to be agree with that as they found non cushioned or minimal footwear better for leg. They reduces running injury very effectively.
The study found runners who wear running shoes with no cushioning and land on the ball of their foot rather than the heel put significantly less demand on their bodies. After comparing how quickly the force acts when runners’ feet hit the ground known as the loading rate, research has shown its influence in running injury risk.`
Lead author Hannah Rice from University of Exeter in England said “This research shows that running in minimal shoes and landing on the balls of your feet reduces loading rates and it might reduce the risk of injury.”
The journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise studied 29 runners. That study have found significantly lower injury rates for those who wore the minimal running shoes and landed on the ball of their foot. Compared to people in normal running shoes, regardless of whether the latter landed on the heel or ball of the foot.
Rice stated that, “So many people use running as a means of reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but about three quarters of runners typically get injured in a year. Footwear is easily modifiable but most of the runners are misguided when it comes to buying new running shoes.”
Running is continuing to grow in popularity. That’s why research aimed at reducing the high incidence of running-related injuries has been ongoing for decades.But still injury rates have not fallen.
Modern-day runners in cushioned footwear tend to land on their heel — known as a “rear foot strike” — while those runner who use the natural barefoot state are more likely to land on the ball of their foot — a “forefoot strike.”
The researchers, however, cautioned that any transition to new footwear or to a different foot strike pattern should be undertaken, and with guidance.