Barefoot or Not?


03 Sep
03Sep

Minimalist footwear is all the rage at the moment with lots of marketing showing the advantages of going back to barefoot. A study was carried out on runners preparing for 10KM race they where given minimalist footwear to wear in training 6 months before, the results indicate that the injury risk increased due to the change in footwear. Runners where up to 3 times more likely to experience injury the subjects reported pain and loss of function in the foot and ankle pain at the shin, calf, knee, hip and lower back. The evidence suggest that runners changing over to barefoot are at a higher risk of getting stress fractures in the foot due to significant impact. However there are runners out there that perform at a high level using barefoot injury free therefore more research is needed to gain a definitive answer. 

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