The new trend in running footwear
While this new adaption may work for the injury-prone or very long distance runners, Regressing.com says this may not be true for the average casual runner. Citing Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman “excess cushioning could lead some runners to make harder impact than normal, seeking the feedback of proprioception.” In other words your body may make by fooled by the heavily cushioned shoes and make a harder impact to compensate.
The fact of the matter is, just as Regressing concludes, there isn’t enough research out there to state one style is better or healthier than the other. Head over to the NY Times for their take while Regressing’s piece can be seen here.
But what’s best for folks suffering from Morton’s neuroma?….We’ll soon have a full blog article on specifically on shoes for Morton’s neuroma but in the meantime here are a few tips:
- Make sure that your shoes have a large toe box so they don’t squeeze your toes at all, even after strenuous exercise or at the very end of the day when feet tend to swell;
- Get shoes that have a zero drop – i.e. completely flat shoes so that they don’t put any pressure on the bones in the ball of your feet (where your Morton’s neuroma is located); and,
- Get with very good off-the shelf medical orthotics that are designed for Morton’s neuroma or even better get custom orthotics (which can be very expensive.)