Walking in Minimalist Shoes Is Effective for Strengthening Foot Muscles

Sarah T. Ridge; Mark T. Olsen; Dustin A. Bruening; Kevin Jurgensmeier; David Griffin; Irene S. Davis; A. Wayne Johnson

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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019;51(1):104-113. 

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Conclusions

In conclusion, strengthening intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles is possible through directed exercise or removing support footwear during walking. This may be beneficial to runners who suffer from a variety of foot/gait-related pathologies. Future studies are necessary to determine if strengthening foot musculature will result in decreased injury rates and/or improved function in this or other pathological populations.

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