Mark Cucuzzella, Plantar Fasciitis and his Anti-orthosis, Minimalist Shoe Message

It has come to my attention that a family practice physician from West Virginia, Mark Cucuzzella, MD , who also owns a Minimalist Running Shoe Store in West Virginia called Two Rivers Treads , has been suggesting, in almost identical language to Blaise Dubois, that runners don’t ever need foot orthoses since all injuries can be healed by using minimalist shoes and strengthening the foot muscles. For starters, you may want to read Cucuzzella’s rather odd article on plantar fasciitis , where he claims that “The only way that you can actually fix plantar fasciitis is to address the root cause… weak foot muscles” and “And finally do not wear shoes that shorten your PF or place your foot in all-day-dysfunction: wear minimalist footwear!” (no possible conflict of interest here…….Cucuzzella owns a minimalist running shoe store) Recently, Simon Bartold had a debate with Cucuzella on foot orthoses, running biomechanics and running shoe research at the AMAA’s 21st Annual Sports Medicine Symposium at the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington Virginia . In speaking to Simon about the debate, Simon had some very interesting things to say about the level of evidence and the reliance upon scientific evidence that Cucuzzella uses when giving lectures on the subjects of proper running biomechanics, running shoe wear, foot orthoses and running injuries.

It has come to my attention that a family practice physician from West Virginia, Mark Cucuzzella, MD , who also owns a Minimalist Running Shoe Store in West Virginia called Two Rivers Treads , has been suggesting, in almost identical language to Blaise Dubois, that runners don’t ever need foot orthoses since all injuries can be healed by using minimalist shoes and strengthening the foot muscles. For starters, you may want to read Cucuzzella’s rather odd article on plantar fasciitis , where he claims that “The only way that you can actually fix plantar fasciitis is to address the root cause… weak foot muscles” and “And finally do not wear shoes that shorten your PF or place your foot in all-day-dysfunction: wear minimalist footwear!” (no possible conflict of interest here…….Cucuzzella owns a minimalist running shoe store) Recently, Simon Bartold had a debate with Cucuzella on foot orthoses, running biomechanics and running shoe research at the AMAA’s 21st Annual Sports Medicine Symposium at the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington Virginia . In speaking to Simon about the debate, Simon had some very interesting things to say about the level of evidence and the reliance upon scientific evidence that Cucuzzella uses when giving lectures on the subjects of proper running biomechanics, running shoe wear, foot orthoses and running injuries.

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Mark Cucuzzella, Plantar Fasciitis and his Anti-orthosis, Minimalist Shoe Message