Shoes are bad for you

Advertising and shoe companies will lead you to believe that it’s all about the running gear, especially the shoes. This is not correct.

It is false to claim that high-tech shoes reduce injuries or improve performance. In fact, as running shoe technology advances, injuries do not decrease one iota. Running-related injuries continue to be extremely common. Every year, 65%–80% of runners are injured, and this includes both beginners and seasoned athletes.

Wearing a shoe is similar to wearing a plaster cast around the foot for most runners. A shoe, like a cast, restricts movement and weakens the muscles in the foot. Because of this imbalance, the rest of the body places additional strain on other muscles and joints, increasing the risk of injury.

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