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Running Footwear: Shoes Impact Form, and Form Impacts Shoes

presented by Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

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Running shoes have seen quite the evolution. Early thin and flexible designs have morphed into stiff and bulky shoes, and are now moving toward the middle of the road. Which is best? Where is the evidence for these changes? How do you match running shoes to an individual runner? Footwear is typically part of a comprehensive treatment program, and it is critical that clinicians understand the effects of footwear in order to prescribe the right tool for their patients. In this course, Jay Dicharry examines relevant research and draws on clinical experience to build participants' knowledge, and help participants select the right tool for the job. Ensure that you are running in your shoes rather than your shoes running you!

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Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach…

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1. Debunking Industry Lore

Participants will review the history of shoes, identify classic footwear categories and how they match up with foot type, and review the conventional tests used to prescribe footwear. Participants will then understand why these categories are not supported by the research, and debunk conventional footwear classification.

2. How Footwear Affects Gait

Participants will understand the research in barefoot and shod running gait, identify the four aspects of conventional shoes that impact gait, and discuss how heel height impacts running. In this chapter participants will also learn the impact of posting on knee kinetics and arthritis, be able to describe the impact of midsole stiffness on gait and stability, and describe shoe wear and its effects on gait. This chapter will conclude by providing essential criteria for shoe prescription.

3. Picking the Right Shoe, and Transitioning into Different Shoes

Participants will identify essential criteria to transition patients into different shoe types, and apply foot mobility and stability assessments to shoe prescription. Participants will also be introduced to shoe trends looking forward, and the need to answer the right questions about shoe prescription moving forward.

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