Posted: 15/03/2012 at 12:25
Ian... I personally would advise everyone to have a full biometric check for anyone and everyone no matter what type of shoes you are running in... Only with sufficient information can you begin to address your issues. You also run using your entire body which other checks such as gait analysis alone does not consider.
Im a natural midfoot striker as such easily progressed towards minimalist type shoes, no matter what type of shoe I ran in, I experienced soreness in my knees.. the barefoot brigade informed me that this would eventually go though using minimalist shoes, and going barefoot..... it did not
Running shops which checked my gait advise support which equally did not address my issues
A full biometric check discovered a weak hip which was causing rotation of my leg and it was this which was causing my soreness...... Addressing my issues solved my problems, so in my experience a proper check provided valuable information.
Although i myself run in minimalist shoes I think many people present midfoot striking and minimalist shoes or barefoot as a solution for everything which is simply not the case... minimalist shoes can cause injury, and for some people going barefoot can even be life threatening.
Understanding your own biomechanics is important as one shoe or solution does not suit all imho