Running Barefoot – Fad or Fiction?

Barefoot running has become an increasing trend and a possible alternative or training adjunct to running with shoes. While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate on the Internet and in the media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long term effects of this practice.

 

Barefoot running has been touted as improving strength and balance, while promoting a more natural style. However, the risks of barefoot running include a lack of protection, which may lead to injuries such as puncture wounds and increased stress on the lower extremities. Currently, scientific research has been inconclusive regarding the benefits and/or risks of barefoot running. Your best choice is to consult a podiatrist with a strong background in sports medicine to make an informed decision on all aspects of your running and training programs.

 

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