You may be considering jumping on the bandwagon and tossing aside your former favorite running shoes. This gives you the freedom to spread your toes and run with no barrier between your feet and the ground. This new trend has been inspired by recent studies that have shown the natural running techniques associated with barefoot running are healthier than those associated with running specific shoes.
Running shoes alter the way you run, which forces you to strike the ground at your heel rather than naturally striking at your forefoot. Forefoot striking has been shown to produce fewer injuries and is better for the long-term health of your feet. However, not wearing shoes can be just as bad. Shoes are intended to protect your feet in many different ways. First of all, they work as a barrier between your feet and the ground. Going barefoot can put you at risk for stepping on sharp objects that may cut or scrape your feet making you susceptible to various infections. Even if you somehow manage to avoid the rigid rocks, the pavement is still rough and can lead to calluses as your feet attempt to protect themselves.
Injuries including: Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures and pulled muscles have been common in barefoot runners. While barefoot runners are still the minority, the number of people tossing their shoes aside to run free is steadily increasing. Many runners are under the impression that barefoot running results in fewer injuries, even though there is no substantial evidence to prove this claim.
Is barefoot running a trend you’re thinking about pursuing? If so, it’s best to speak to a trained professional before you make any quick decisions. Dr. Sanjay Patel can help you make that decision. He can also help you identify the appropriate running shoes that will fit your needs. Please call the office at (203) 876-7736 or visit our website to set up an appointment with him.