Minimalist running

Minimalist running is a hot topic and we still ask if it’s good for us. It is said by top running coaches, almost all athletes that run a lot aren’t running with the proper running form and strength needed during running with minimalist shoes. A top manufacturer that makes minimalist shoes has ended a large lawsuit. Vibram, creator of minimalist shoes called five finger barefoot running shoes will return money to customers who have purchased this shoe. Vibram claimed that these shoes may lower the risk of injuries and strengthen your lower limbs. Now if you still want to give minimalist running a try please make sure have great strength, biomechanics as well as an experienced runner.

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While running in a minimalist style shoe, you tend to land mid foot. Mid foot striking is when the foot is lower than the hip then lands somewhere in the middle of your foot. The problem is that when you overstride, too much force is applied. Your foot and ankle muscles will need to be strong so that you can be successful at barefoot or minimalist running. We are used to getting a lot of shoe support in those areas and without that support may come problems. After your assessment, we can give you strength exercises to help. It might be a good idea to go back and forth switching between your old running shoes to the barefoot shoes and then work up slowly. Core balance and hip flexor muscle strength are necessary for effective running. This will ensure that instability and dysfunction doesn’t affect your knees, ankles & feet. We can give you the appropriate exercises to help strengthen these muscles.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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