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Barefoot Running

Posted onSeptember 10th, 2015

Minimalist shoes have made a splash in the shoe market as of late; however, what are the pros and cons of this seemingly unsupportive running shoe? Using these shoes, or actually running barefoot, has both benefits and problems. Benefits surround the way you actually run. When running with a typical running shoe, you tend to hit heel first, which is bad for your feet and legs. With minimalist shoes or running barefoot, you learn to land on the forefoot of your foot, which is better for you. Improved balance can also come from this type of running.

Despite improved running style, there are definitely potential issues with barefoot running. One major problem is the lack of protection that exists; therefore, when barefoot running, only run along known routes and avoid areas with lots of loose gravel, glass, etc., and be ready for blisters. Strains stemming from the calf or Achilles tendon are more likely when you use minimalist shoes. When it comes to barefoot running, it may be smarter to learn how to run properly, with your forefoot coming down first, rather than risk the potential injuries.

Advocates believe that it increases running efficiency, lowers injury risk because of the lack of harmful impact placed on the heel, and increases foot biomechanics. If you decide that you want to try barefoot running, be sure to start off slow. Usually, beginners cannot run very far, especially if they haven’t been running indoors first. Whenever you do go barefoot running, just make sure that it is in a place that the lack of protection will not be of harm to you.

Courtesy of: About Health

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