Does barefoot running hurt your feet?

The minimalist shoe movement has not backed up their claims of lowering injury rates with any hard data. Clinical observations seem to indicate that there is a change in injury pattern among minimalist shoe wearers. Clinically, those changing to minimalis tshoes and forefoot strike often present with forefoot stress fractures or calf and Achilles tendon pain. We advocate that if runners who would like to use minimalist shoes should follow the consensus of advice which is to carefully and slowly transition or integrate minimalist shoe use into their training program.

A general agreement exists that most running injuries are injuries ofoveruse. A detailed history must be taken and all aspects of a patient’s exercise program must be evaluated.

Please consider the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to help with all your running needs. Call for an appointment at 512-328-8900.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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