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New Balance Athletic Shoes Inc., in Boston is using 3D printers to make special running shoes for professional runners and Olympians to aid in their performance. Using video, pressure sensors, and high pressure values designers can get a good idea as to how each specific foot meets the ground, how the feet interact with the shoe, and which area of the foot is most important during the impact. The shoes are printed with a specific pattern of spikes in order to provide more traction when the foot hits the ground. Olympian Kim Conley wore her 3D printed shoes during the 2013 World Track Championships where she set her best personal records in 3,000 and 5,000 meter races. Reducing the pressure on the foot as well as being a lightweight shoe are things all runners consider in their shoes.  

For optimal foot health, you should understand the differences between walking and running shoes and why each type of shoe is important. If you have any foot or ankle injuries, see one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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barefoot runningThe athletic community has contended with a debate when it comes to minimalist, or barefoot running. Proponents of wearing shoes while running believe that going bare can increase the chance of becoming injured. Meanwhile, barefoot runners claim there is no risk of injury at all and that shoes are counter-intuitive to human biology when running.

Scientists put their weigh-in and assert that these differences hardly matter at all. Allison Gruber, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s biomechanics laboratory, told Outside. “The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized.”  Ultimately, researchers believe that preventing running injuries should come from good habits.

Barefoot running is a controversial but viable option for runners. For more information, consult with podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care . Dr. Tedesco can help you determine what type of running works best for you.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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