I always strive to recommend products to my patients that will aid in recovery, decrease symptoms, or prevent further injury. So begins my trial with Altra brand shoes, which incorporate a “zero drop” technology as well as a foot shaped toe box. The research and clinical results are solid, but I need to test them before recommending them to my patients. Therefore, I have purchased the Altra Lone Peak 3.5. My preferred exercise is hiking, and I intend to test these to their limit, or my limit, whichever comes first. The Altra is unique in that there is no raised heel, placing the foot in a natural position for running or walking. One commonality in most patients with low back pain is that they have horrible feet and/or footwear. To learn more about Altra, contact us or read about them on the web at https://www.altrarunning.com/. Watch for future updates!