On today’s episode, I have my friend, Dr. Bryan C. Heiderscheit, PT, PhD. We will be exploring something interesting. One of the many things we’ll be exploring is; Could you improve your running and get rid of your injuries by moving faster without running faster? I know that sounds crazy, but we’ll jump in and find out how that works.
The ACSM says “Running shoes should be selected after careful consideration. With so many brands and styles of shoes on the marketing today, it is important to find the best fit for your feet and needs. There is no ‘right shoe’ that fits all runners. However, research and injury patterns have shown there are some general characteristics of a good, safe running shoe.” Now, before we get started, I want to warn you that what you’re about to learn flies completely in the face of what you will hear from most people trying to sell you running shoes.
We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf, and at the end of the story, the villagers stopped running to find the nonexistent wolf, which didn’t end up very well for the boy. Well, what if there was an industry that’s been effectively and essentially crying wolf? I don’t think it’s going to be much of a surprise when I tell you that that industry is the footwear industry.
Over the years, I spent thousands of dollars on orthotics and inserts, that I put in my shoes to try to make my feet feel better, to make it more comfortable for me to walk and run, take stress off my ankles, my knees, my hips, and my back. Did they work? Let’s find out. Welcome to The MOVEMENT Movement podcast, the podcast where you really want to know the truth about how to have a happy, healthy, strong body and to let your body do what it likes to do best, and that is move.
Imagine an industry that makes a product that they know is bad for you. They hide the fact that they know it’s bad for you. They even hide information that other people create about the fact that their product is bad for you, and what’s actually good for you. They make a product that is consistently and reliably creating health problems, and yet they just keep making it over and over and over and over. Convincing us that it’s actually good for you. Think you know the industry that we’re talking about?
If you’re a runner or a walker or a hiker, or even just someone who stands up all day and you got foot pain, or ankle pain, or knee pain, or hip pain, or back pain. Clearly you need some padding and cushioning to just alleviate all that stress, right? Nope, and I will tell you why that illusion is so popular now and what’s actually true in this episode of The MOVEMENT Movement.
You may have heard about minimalist shoes or barefoot shoes. Do you want them? Which ones do you get, which are good, which are bad, which aren’t even what they say they are? That’s what we’re going to find out in today’s podcast.
You go to a shoe store, you find someone who looks like they know what they’re doing, you ask them for advice on the shoe that you should be wearing, and they will do some sort of evaluation and give you a recommendation. Should you trust it?
You may have heard that running barefoot is actually better for you than are running in shoes. Is it true? I don’t know. Let’s find out how you can discover that for yourself.