Motion control shoes reduce the risk of pronation-related pathologies in recreational runners: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial

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Key Points

  1. Data from a previous study of 372 recreational runners was re-analyzed to determine the effect of running shoes on pronation-related injury.
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The role of running shoes in the prevention of injury is poorly understood. Motion control shoes are thought to reduce excessive pronation, so it would make sense to examine whether they reduce the risk of pronation-related injury. However, to date, most studies tend to look generally at running injury risk rather than specifically at types of injury.

This study sought to address this by studying previously published data to investigate if motion control shoes reduced risk of pronation-related running injuries.

Motion control shoes are thought to reduce excessive pronation.
Clinically it appears that the best approach is to assess each runner’s individual response to see if footwear helps achieve a specific goal.


Data from a previously published RCT (1) were re-analyzed. This trial recruited 372 healthy recreational runners who were randomly allocated to either standard neutral shoes or motion control shoes. They were then followed up over 6 months to monitor training

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