Footwear Technology Pt 2: Therapeutic Applications of Footwear
Footwear has long been considered an important component to preventing injuries in runners. For nearly every risk factor for injury there has been a corresponding footwear design to mitigate that risk. Over-pronation, impact loads, and heel strike pattern have each been addressed through the introduction of stabilizing elements (dual-density mid-sole, thermo-plastic shank), shock-absorbing materials, and minimalist designs respectively. Continued innovation in both shoe design and material selection, as well as greater understanding in running-injury epidemiology, motivate the need for continued study on how effective contemporary running footwear can protect its user from injury or pain.
Part 2 of this webinar dives deeper in selected functional elements of footwear and how these components that are ostensibly used to improve comfort or performance can also provide a significant therapeutic benefit.
August 12, 2020