Do Running Shoes Cause More Harm Than Good?

There’s no doubt that in order to be a good runner, you need to demonstrate good form and technique but does running shoes cause more harm than good? With so many different types of running shoes available on the market, it can be difficult to decide which shoes are best. If you’re a regular runner, chances are you’ve probably suffered some form of running related injury. Read more to find out why and how much harm can be caused by running shoes.

Do Running Shoes Cause More Harm Than Good?

If you’re a serious runner, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of barefoot running vs. running shoes but does running shoes case more harm than good? According to Infofit, it seems that running shoes can do more harm than good.  Some of the facts that most people probably don’t know according to the below infographic are:

– Running in running shoes exerts more strain on the joints than walking in high-heels.
– 9 out of 10 runners sustain injuries while training for marathons.
– Achilles tendon injuries have increased 10% since the 1970s.
– 75% of people that run in shoes heel strike, which means shocks to the legs of 3 times the person body weight.
–  Whereas running barefoot, results in zero times the persons body weight.

Take a look at the infographic below, which tells you why and how much harm can be caused by running shoes.

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Harm of running Shoes Harm of Running Shoes

So should you be worried? Well yes and no. Yes because if you can’t find the right pair of running shoes, your form and technique could suffer resulting in injury. And no because if you are already running comfortably without injury while demonstrating good form and technique, chances are, you have a good pair of shoes to run in.

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However, if you’re prone to running injuries, we strongly advise you re-evaluate your running technique and to consider barefoot running to help strengthen your legs and reduce running related injuries.

Do you think running shoes does more harm than good? Do you think barefoot running is the best way to improve form and technique? Please let us know what you think below.