The representative force traces showing how the two styles of running (shod: left and barefoot: right) differ in the force generated when the foot collides with the ground (Image: Daniel E. Lieberman/Harvard University)
New research has backed up the findings of another study we covered recently on Gizmag which found the average modern running shoe causes significant damage to the knees, hips and ankles compared to running barefoot. The new study found that people who run barefoot land on the ball or middle of the foot. This mitigates the potentially damaging impacts that can be equivalent to two or three times their body weight that shoe-wearing runners, who generally land on their heels, subject their bodies to.
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