Do Certain Running Shoes Help Prevent Injuries?

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    Jul 25, 2010 6:46 AM GMT
    Maybe not, according to this article. (I've read similar things before so this may not be unknown to you.)

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/phys-ed-do-certain-types-of-sneakers-prevent-injuries/?ref=magazine
  • tazzari

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    Jul 28, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    Goes back to what some reps have been saying all along: if it's comfortable, use it.

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    Aug 14, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    and maybe the running style has more to do with it than the running shoes.
  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    Interesting article. Thanks for posting it. icon_smile.gif

    I'm not a runner, but many years ago, I went with my friend for an appointment to see his podiatrist for his every day shoes. The doctor told him to avoid certain brands of shoes, such as reebok and adidas, because they were not made for proper support and comfort, and use brands like New Balance. I decided to switch as well. I don't know if things have changed since then but they seem to work well for me.
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    Aug 14, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    I run in Vibram FiveFingers http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/ with no support whatsoever. Gone are shin splints and knee pain. And running is much more fun now. My 2 cents.
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    Aug 14, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    metta8 saidInteresting article. Thanks for posting it. icon_smile.gif

    I'm not a runner, but many years ago, I went with my friend for an appointment to see his podiatrist for his every day shoes. The doctor told him to avoid certain brands of shoes, such as reebok and adidas, because they were not made for proper support and comfort, and use brands like New Balance. I decided to switch as well. I don't know if things have changed since then but they seem to work well for me.


    I'm not a runner either, but I have body alignment and balance problems (thanks to hip arthritis and uneven leg lengths), as well as very flat feet and also occasional problems from spurs in my heels. So I'm always very concerned about what I put on my feet.

    I've been wearing New Balance for years, but I'm not sure it's the best thing for me. I may try to switching to cheap sneakers for a while.

    Never found Reeboks or Nikes particularly good. Never tried Adidas.
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    Aug 16, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    My two cents: I switched to Spiras brand shoes a few years ago and haven't had any injuries at all since. I used to have real problems with shin splints and, one memorable summer, a stress fracture. Now - no problems at all.

    The only "problem" is that they break down a little more quickly than other brands, and they also seem a little heavier. They also are not cheap!
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    Aug 16, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    From the studies I've read, brand, cost and 'pronation control' seem to be far less important than renewing running shoes regularly. Of course, style is a personal choice and the fashion conscious are usually happy to pay more.
  • yankeesblazer...

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    Aug 16, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    I currently use Nike "Free" running shoes, and have had some pretty good success using these. I was scared initially because I had been diagnosed with chronic degeneration in my left knee and wanted a running shoe that wouldn't cause my knee to hurt. So far, so good.

    Has anybody tried those "shape-ups" by Sketchers? I am intrigued by those and am curious to know if they have helped anybody.
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    I've been using Nike Zoom Vomeros because the cushioning is better for my knees.
  • treader

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    Aug 17, 2010 10:38 PM GMT

    Everyone is built a little different and has their own running style. If you're doing over 5 mile runs, go to a running store that will evaluate your stride and recommend the right shoe for you. A shoe that works on someone, might not work on you.

    Here in Boston, I would recommend Marathon Sports.
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    I like my New Balance! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I run marathons and have switched to Newtons. They are slightly different than other shoes and I find they suit my midfoot striking style. They are supposed to actually correct heal strikers to striking more midfoot and they may do that. I have a friend that had bad IT band problems in his knee and the issue has gone away now that he switched to Newtons. And no, i dont work for them but I find them light, nicely supportive and I do run fast in them with no problems.
  • kjomart

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    Feb 06, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    interesting article and i agree with what it had to say. i only shop at fleet feet sport stores or those that specialize in marathon/triathlon training, mainly because the salespeople there are runners too, so they know all about how the body works. but i also advise runners to listen to their own bodies like the article said. it's definitely good to run around the block and try on different shoes. me being a small guy i need a lightweight shoe, and i don't over or under pronate so stability shoes work best for me, but i also have other arch supports in my running shoes to help, even though i just have regular arches. i'm kind of a brand loyalty person, so i only buy brooks running shoes ever since i started running in college. for other sports that i do i buy nike. my advice is try a lot of brands on, shoe types, etc, and decide for yourself.
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    Feb 06, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    theatrengym saidDo Certain Running Shoes Help Prevent Injuries?
    Yeah...the softer ones don't hurt as much.

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    Feb 07, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    I tend to like New Balance, Saucony, and Brooks. They have the right amount of support and cushion for my feet.

    I gave up on Nike years ago because they seemed to wear out too fast.