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Barefoot Running

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There is so much media attention paid to the ‘barefoot running trend' that it seems necessary we visit this topic once more as the summer comes to an end. Lack of footwear obviously opens your foot up to injury from random objects. The development of shoes like the Nike Free and Vibram Five Fingers may help to keep you out of Dr. Thomajan’s office for removal of glass shards or other objects stuck in your foot. These new types of footwear offer some protection but still lack the support of ‘traditional’ footwear. If you haven’t taken the time to slowly allow your body to adapt to this footwear or have not been devoted to the proper training regime, you may need to schedule an appointment for a completely different reason.

While you may be able to avoid getting objects stuck in your feet, the position of your foot may prove to be more problematic. Each one of us has a different variation in foot structure. Some feet will function fine without the support of footwear. Unfortunately, it is much more likely that your foot structure requires some type of support from shoes. The body will attempt to compensate for any lack of support but often the results can be painful or with changes in the way you walk or run. A visit with Dr. Thomajan can help you decide if barefoot running is for you. Part a visit to AFAS may include GAITSCAN computerized assessment in addition to physical examination of your feet.

Our goal here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is to educate you about keeping your feet healthy. There are two books that Dr. Thomajan has written to help do that. Both deal with special issues concerning foot health. ‘Keep Running!’ is most relevant to our discussion of barefoot running. Request your free copy today and learn the best things you can do to avoid injury while running. Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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