Minimalist Running Shoes have been getting a bad rap from some sources, saying that the traditional running shoe is the safer way to go.  But recent studies are proving otherwise.

A 2010 study led by Daniel Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, suggested traditional running shoes may do more harm than good. While more research is needed, preliminary findings theorize running barefoot could significantly reduce one’s risk for injury.

Robinson said that damage to the iliotibial band is among the most common running-related injuries. The iliotibial band, more commonly known as the IT band, is the tissue that runs along the outer thigh and knee and offers stability to the knee as it moves. Injury occurs when it is overused due to consistent heel strikes while running.

An argument for minimalist running shoes?

The question here is, does this mean we have an argument that says minimalist running shoes are in fact more healthy for your body than traditional running shoes?

I believe so.  However, when it comes to getting started in your minimalist running shoes, there are some things to keep in mind.  But overall, for those of you who take the steps to build up your muscles and endurance and adapt to the minimalist running shoes, research is showing you’ll be better off for it.

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