Increase in Metatarsal Fractures Doomed Miminalist Shoes: CA Podiatrist
At the height of the fad from 2012-2013, podiatrist Dr. Kevin Kirby saw an uptick in injuries like metatarsal stress fractures—people were breaking the foot bones closest to their toes. He says this made sense, given that barefoot runners tend to run toe-heel, absorbing ground force impacts with the midfoot rather than the heel. Minimalist shoes have no additional heels to absorb the forces generated when runners’ feet impact the ground, unlike more traditional sneakers.
Dr. Kevin Kirby
These days, more of Kirby’s patients are running with thicker-soled shoes than ever before. Every third runner he sees wears Hokas, a sneaker brand with the thickest underfoot cushions in the market today.
Source: Aylin Woodward, Scientific American [1/5/17]
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