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Runners’ joints feel the strain in trainers

Running in trainers puts more strain on the joints than running barefoot, a study has shown.

It is also more stressful to knees than walking in high-heeled shoes, researchers found. Scientists tested 68 healthy young adults, including 37 women, who regularly went jogging.

None had a history of musculoskeletal injury and each ran at least 15 miles a week.

Participants were given running shoes of a typical design and observed running on a treadmill both barefoot and wearing the trainers.

The researchers found that wearing running shoes increased rotational stresses on the hip joints by an average 54%, and heightened different types of stress on the knee by 36% and 38%.

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