Barefoot running is a trend among runners that has become more popular in recent years. There are several studies, and opinions for and against barefoot running, especially after a new research came out advocating that older runners who switch to barefoot running may not adapt as well as younger runners. We asked several seasoned runners what they think about and their experience with barefoot running.
Chris Pedersen, Sacramento, California: I switched to barefoot running with racing flat type shoes over a year ago and haven’t looked back. It’s been much more comfortable for me. No pain issues and easier to concentrate on form (watch pronation, keep arms moving forward/back not side-to-side, etc). FYI: I’m over 60, have degenerative disc disease, see my Physical Therapist every month and run off pavement most of the time.
e-Ann NC: Good grief – don’t these barefoot runners ever step on a rock, or a pebble or stick, or a nail, or a piece of anything sharp or sticky or just plain disgusting (think dogs)? Sure on the beach – or your own front yard – but on hot asphalt or concrete? I want to see everyone barefoot running down the sidewalks, or even paved paths in mid to large cities. Who wrote this article a podiatrist?
HC Atlanta: I’ve read several posts from people who suffered some type of foot pain in running shoes that vanished when walking barefoot around their home. Subsequently they decided to run barefoot. This happened to me. Mine was plantars and achilles and heel shooting pains. I went through all the running styles, minimalist shoes, even walking on gravel for what I thought was plantars. You know what the problem was? My foot had spread and was being scrunched up in a regular width shoe. Switching to a wide shoe and problem was solved!