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Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running

March 9, 2012 by Erik Moen

Tips from Susie Roley PT – Corpore Sano Physical Therapy

Pros for barefoot running include enhanced proprioception which means, improved sensation of the foot and ankle and awareness of the foot and ankle in space. Other positives include improved foot and ankle strength and stability for joints above. With barefoot running you have a more efficient stride due to landing and leaving on the forefoot. Also, barefoot running decreases risk of injury due to locking up joints which decreases movement and decreases stress on the knees.

Cons for barefoot running consist of increased risk for injuries: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Stress Fractures, Bunions, Neuromas, Low Back Pain. Barefoot running also increases risk of blisters and puncturing of skin to bottom of feet. Another con is that barefoot running shoes only last 100-300 miles versus neutral to moderate support shoes last 500-600 miles.

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