Synergy PT Sports Med August 2017

THE TRUTH ABOUT RUNNING SHOES “The truth is there is no evidence that traditional running footwear helps decrease injury rates or improve performance”

3. Motion Control: Shoe type for severe overpronators.

Many runners assume there is a perfect shoe to fit their foot type in order to prevent the aches, pains, and injuries associated with running. This traditional model for footwear prescription, based on assumptions (not evidence) and dated thought processes, is still echoed by shoe manufacturers and shoe stores across the country. Here is a common scenario many runners experience: You need a new pair of shoes. You go to your local shoe store and seek advice from a sales associate regarding which shoe is best for you, considering your history of nagging running injuries (say, runner’s knee). They watch you walk, both with shoes off and on, and may watch you run on the treadmill. They look at the bottom of your shoes to get an idea of the wear pattern, which provides some information about your running mechanics. They look for the amount of pronation your foot undergoes while walking and running. Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Pronation is a complex series of movements at various joints in the foot that allows the arch to drop during the running cycle. There is a belief that people who pronate are not meant for running. In reality, pronation is a normal part of the running cycle and plays an important role in shock absorption and stabilization of the foot. The amount of pronation determined will put you into one of three shoe categories: 1. Neutral: Shoe type for underpronators, supinators, or neutral pronators. 2. Stability: Shoe type for mild to moderate overpronators.

You leave the store with a new pair of shoes after being classified into one of these groups. You continue running and, to your dismay, you still have knee pain. The truth is there is no evidence that traditional running footwear helps decrease injury rates or improve performance. More than two-thirds of runners suffer a running-related injury each year. Too many runners have the mindset that shoes are responsible for controlling running mechanics and preventing injury. As Jay Dicharry, renowned sports physical therapist and researcher says, “Shoes don’t stop the arch from moving, and they don’t improve the timing of your muscle control. This is your job.”

Anthony Moss Physical Therapist

COLD SOUP Avocado and Cucumber

Olive oil 2 medium ripe avocados, halved 1 large cucumber, halved 6 stalks spring onions 1 jalapeno

1 lemon, juiced ½ cup cold water 1 clove garlic ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Coat halved avocados with lemon juice to avoid browning. Brush olive oil over avocados, cucumber, spring onions, and jalapeno. Oil grill while hot. 3. Grill vegetables until everything is grilled or slightly charred. Once grilled, remove and place on platter to cool.

4. Chop grilled veggies and puree with lemon juice, cold water, garlic, salt, and black pepper. 5. Once smooth, portion soup into bowls and refrigerate to cool before serving. 6. Garnish with toasted cubed bread, avocados, spring onions, chives, lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.



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