✅Foot pronation is NOT an Injury Risk Factor for Novice Runners 🏃🏼 wearing a neutral shoe! We always hear patients in Clinic say ‘I think I have really flat feet’. But if there is no foot pain, does it matter?
Great post by @rehabscience reminding me of a great study a couple years ago:
▫️N = 927 novice runners (1854 feet)
▫️Baseline: foot posture on each foot was evaluated using the foot-posture index and categorised into:
1) highly supinated (n=53)
2) supinated (n=369)
3) neutral (n=1292)
4) pronated (n=122)
5) highly pronated (n=18)
▫️Participants then ran in a neutral running shoe without replacing the insole they were provided and used GPS to track running distances over a 1-year period.
✨ NO DIFFERENCE IN INJURY RATES BETWEEN ALL FOOT POSTURE TYPES!
✔️This study really questions the notion and importance of foot pronation as a strong predictor of injury among novice runners in a neutral shoe.
👟 Having a comfortable shoe may be a more relevant factor for healthy persons trying to choose a running shoe.
📚Nielsen RO, et al. Foot pronation is not associated with increased injury risk in novice runners. Br J Sports Med. 2014.