Amerikkalaisen tutkimuksen mukaan vaimennetut juoksukengät saattavat lisätä urheiluvammojen riskiä. Ne ovat jopa haitallisemmat kuin korkokengät. Tutkijoiden mukaan raajoille terveellisempää olisi juosta paljain jaloin.

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) accounts for more disability in the elderly than any other disease. Running, although it has proven cardiovascular and other health benefits, can increase stresses on the joints of the leg. In a study published in the December 2009 issue of PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, researchers compared the effects on knee, hip and ankle joint motions of running barefoot versus running in modern running shoes. They concluded that running shoes exerted more stress on these joints compared to running barefoot or walking in high-heeled shoes.

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