The barefoot running trend has been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years. The controversy around it has been growing as well. If you are interested in joining the “minimalist” movement in an effort to improve your running, it is important to understand the impact on your foot health.
The idea behind barefoot running
The goal of barefoot running is to decrease the heel strike as you run and land on your forefoot or midfoot instead. Whether this difference will help you run better is yet to be truly confirmed. What we do know is the risk of injury is high. Trying barefoot running when you are not informed as to how to properly train your feet to handle the pressure can lead to serious injury. Having pre-existing foot problems or structural conditions can also be aggravated or worsened without the support of regular cushioned athletic shoes.
The best advice we can give you is to talk to Dr. Danciger before you ditch your running shoes. He can evaluate your feet and advise on the best decision for your long-term foot health. Call our podiatric office today to make an appointment (760) 568-0108 or contact us immediately online.