EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses why corrective running shoes are based on a myth and do nothing to prevent injuries in runners, OCR competitors, and other athletes.
Do Running Shoes That Correct Overpronation And Supination Prevent Injuries In Runners?
The Theory Behind Corrective Running Shoes And Injury Prevention
Now, you go in to any running store or you go to a website of a company that sells running shoes, and they're gonna tell you, "You need a corrective running shoe to prevent the over pronation or the supination from happening." Essentially, what they're saying is we wanna keep your foot in the neutral gait at all times. So companies have design shoes to correct this that will either be built up on the medial side of the shoe with a harder denser foam or the opposite. They'll be built up on the outside with a harder denser foam to basically stop you from over pronating or supinating, and they'll say, "If you don't correct this, you're more than likely gonna have a higher chance of getting injured."
Does The Science Support Corrective Running Shoes?
So the real question is though does the science support the use of corrective running shoes when it comes to injury prevention? And that's what I'm gonna bring to you today, right now. And again, I apologize to some people ahead of time because you're not gonna like what I'm about ready to say. So, the first study was done in Denmark. And this study took 927 novice runners who all had different gait patterns, so some over pronated, some were neutral, and some supinated. And the researchers gave all these people a pair of neutral cushioned running shoes, no corrective features built into them to correct for over pronation or supination.
What the researchers did is they followed these runners throughout the course of a year. And I think the combined total of miles ran between all the runners were over 100,000. And at the end of the year, they collected the data and they wanted to see how many of those runners got injured and then if that correlated to whether they were a neutral runner, an over pronator, or a supinator. So the scientist did their sciency type things. They calculated all the data and they found that a total of 252 runners were injured throughout the year.
Now, here's the real kick in the nut to everybody that works in a running shoe store or these running shoe companies that design corrective running shoes. The scientists found that the highest rate of injuries actually occurred in the runners with a neutral gait pattern, which you would not totally expect at all. You would expect the over pronators or under pronators who were running in a neutral running shoe to have the higher rates of injuries, but this was not the case. The neutral runners got injured more. So, there is the first strike against corrective running shoes.
Study #2 On Corrective Running Shoes
Now, I could go on to more studies and I could give you more strike three, strike four, strike five, strike six, and on, and on, and on. But I don't wanna make all you runny store employees or running shoe companies feel too bad, and let me know that corrective running shoes is just a marketing ploy, and it's a waste of money for any runner to spend more money on them when a neutral cushion running shoe that's probably least or are less expensive is just as good.
Should Runners Buy Corrective Running Shoes?
Now, in a rehab setting, maybe a corrective running shoe may help, but that is a video for another day. So, my endurance friends, that is about all I have for today. If you have a buddy who believes in corrective running shoes, please share this video with them. If you want other videos like this on endurance training, nutrition, and supplementation, subscribe to our EndurElite YouTube channel or head on over to the EndurElite blog at www.endurelite.com. Get social with us on Instagram and our EndurElite Facebook training and nutrition club page. And until next time, stay fueled, stay focused, stay fast, and stay informed.