There is no question that technologies have added real value to clinical practice in terms of imaging modalities, gait analysis hardware and plantar pressure systems.
I have had access to various gait laboratories in my clinical career and continue to do so in my Research & Development role for Surgical Armoury where we are involved with a number of collaborative projects with different groups both within and outside of the Orthopaedic profession.
Running footwear is a multi billion pound industry and the choices available to the runner are mesmerising. The science behind the marketing campaigns can be hard to find but there are some features inherent to running footwear that need consideration when making your purchase of your shiny new trainers and this guide is aimed at making your final decision a little more specific to you.
The debate around barefoot running this time around centred on a paper published in the Journal of Nature by Lieberman 2010 following an observational study on the variation in forces acting through the lower limb with differing foot strike patterns.