Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners

  title={Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners},
  author={Daniel E. Lieberman and Madhusudhan Venkadesan and William Werbel and Adam I. Daoud and Susan E. D’Andrea and Irene S. Davis and Robert Ojiambo Mang’eni and Yannis P. Pitsiladis},
Humans have engaged in endurance running for millions of years, but the modern running shoe was not invented until the 1970s. For most of human evolutionary history, runners were either barefoot or wore minimal footwear such as sandals or moccasins with smaller heels and little cushioning relative to modern running shoes. We wondered how runners coped with the impact caused by the foot colliding with the ground before the invention of the modern shoe. Here we show that habitually barefoot… 

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