RUNNERS NEED RECOVERY SHOES
Save them for walking.
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In a new eight-week study, 57 runners were randomly assigned to either walk in shoes with little support (starting with 2,500 steps per day and working up to to 7,000), do a set of foot-strengthening exercises five days per week, or neither, while maintaining their pre-study running mileage. They found that walking in a barely-there pair increased the size and strength of the runners’ foot muscles just as much as the exercises did.
The stronger your foot muscles, the less likely you are to get stress fractures or develop injuries like plantar fasciitis, says Brian Fullem, a sports podiatrist in Clearwater, Florida.