Austin, Texas (PRWEB) August 14, 2014
Over the last few years, footwear manufacturers have attempted to mimic barefoot running with lines of minimalistic running shoes. But what exactly is minimal footwear? According to Harvard University, it is “any footwear that lacks high-cushioned heels, stiff soles and arch support.” Given these parameters of minimal hazard protection, traction and overall support, many may wonder why some runners are so keen on adopting this relatively new brand of running shoe. Here are a few of the benefits to minimalist running:
Since most modern-day athletes have trained in over-protected and over-supported shoes, it’s easy for them to get injured when starting a minimalist running routine if they don’t prepare for the transition. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help reduce injuries and strengthen feet for barefoot or minimalist runs:
“Minimalist running can help in the development of lower arches and stable feet,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, Austin sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “It can aid in increased flexibility and elasticity in the soles of the feet. In the long run, runners may find these changes significantly aid in successful runs. Like with any sport or athletic effort, however, it’s best to start out slow and train the body properly in order to go the distance.”
Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office's goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.