One shoe doesn’t fit all

Our previous blog on the topic of barefoot running, one of the latest crazes to hit sports medicine, highlighted that although there are many perceived advantages of barefoot running compared to shod running, the research quantifying these perceived advantages is inconclusive. Unsurprisingly, barefoot running appears to be more beneficial for people who are accustomed to running barefoot and therefore caution should be taken when previously shod runners decide to leap into barefoot running. Sports medicine clinicians should be able to assess whether barefoot running would be appropriate in the individual’s case.

Chapter 8 of CSM4ed titled ‘Clinical aspects of biomechanics and sporting injuries’ incorporates a section on footwear and ‘structural biomechanical assessment’ of the foot, ankle, knee and pelvis. The information presented in the chapter provides the clinician with a strong foundation for the assessment of footwear and lower limb biomechanics. Clinicians can incorporate this foundational knowledge with their own clinical reasoning to provide patients with appropriate advice about footwear (or lack there of).

Along with substantial updated information, purchasers of the textbook can now log in to view masterclass videos. This new and exciting feature aims to augment the text and adds another dimension to the information that is presented. Masterclass videos associated with Chapter 8 of the textbook include ‘The foot posture index’, ‘Footwear assessment’ and a ‘Basic biomechanical assessment.’ These videos are perfect for busy clinicians or those with limited access to continued professional education, for example clinicians working in rural and remote areas.

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