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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weighing In On Barefoot Running Debate

The debate about barefoot running is a complicated issue. It has its fans and foes and neither is completely in the right. Regardless of your decision, if you are thinking about barefoot running, to do
it correctly and prevent injury, the first thing you need to do is consult with a doctor.

Here are some other things to think about before you make the switch to minimalist footwear.
  1. Why do you want to run barefoot?
    Are you looking for a solution to a chronic injury or simply love the idea of running without shoes? Maybe you're simply bored with your current running shoes. Think about your motivations before you jump on the bandwagon. There may be other less risky solutions.
  2. What level of runner are you?
    Are you just starting out running? Or, are you a seasoned veteran? Barefoot running is not a good starting choice for new runners. Your body isn't ready for the extra stress, and running barefoot will only increase your risk of injury.
  3. What kind of pains do you think running barefoot will solve?
    Part of the reason people choose to run barefoot or wear minimalist footwear is because they think it will eliminate pain. If this is your motivation, consult your doctor because the problem most likely isn't your shoes. Your pain could be rooted in your gait, joint flexibility, or other orthopedic issue. 
Still unsure about barefoot running? Book an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists to discuss the benefits and risks.

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