Is Bare Footwear Safe?

From aqua shoes to FiveFingers styles to minimalist varieties, bare footwear is becoming a popular fad. There are opposing opinions, however, as to the safety of wearing these trendy types of running shoes. The theory behind them is that people have been running for millions of years, historically barefoot or in simple shoes like moccasins or sandals. Some feel that modern day running shoes provide too much control and cushioning, reducing the ability of foot muscles and tendons to strengthen naturally. Opposing views suggest that foot and ankle injuries can be prevented by choosing running shoes with strong stability and support. As of today, the jury is still out on what’s best for the health of your feet.

If you are not sure, you should visit Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS before you make any purchases. A foot examination may help you decide if bare footwear is right for you. Call (512) 328-8900 or visit the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Texas today.

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