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Many opinions vary when it comes to running shoes and preventing running injuries. Barefoot and minimalist running shoe enthusiasts claim that cushioned shoes are unnatural while advocates of traditional shoes claim the opposite.

However, according to Amherst scientist Allison Gruber, “The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized.” Gruber additionally says that “What may prevent or ‘cure’ injuries for one person may cause them or make them worse for another.”

Opinions vary when it comes to barefoot running. For a professional opinion, call a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can help you decide if barefoot running is for you.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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