The choice that a runner makes in what running shoes to use may be quite crucial. Getting the running shoe right has implication for how fast they run and may affect the risk for a running injury. There are, however, people who do disagree with that and there certainly a lot of debate about the issues. There is some evidenmce to support both side of this discussion, but not a lot of consensus and it depends on how you want to spin the eivendce as to which side of the argument that you want to believe in. The podiatry related live chat on Facebook, PodChatLive recently discussed this topic by chatting with Dr Chris Napier, Physiotherapist and Associate Professor from  the University of British Columbia (and 2:33 marathoner). PodChatLive is a regular chat that goes out live on Facebook and then uploaded to YouTube at the end of the livestream.

During this episode of PodChatLive on running shoes, Chris  summarised his recent British Journal of Sports Medicine editorial which was on the logical fallacies in the running shoe debate. The hosts and Chris talked about how runners (both uninjured and injured) should choose shoes. They talked about what the evidence does actually tells us and what it doesn’t yet tell us). They also talked about how much focus and attention running shoes seem to get and asked, is it just all about comfort? Chris Napier is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and an associate member of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. He first obtained his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth in Australia, in 2003, and then his PhD  at the  UBC in 2018 on running biomechanics and injury. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialized his training with postgraduate studies in manual therapy and sport physiotherapy.

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