A recent article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine compared the number of injuries between barefoot runners and those wearing regular running shoes. It is not clear from the abstract if the barefoot runners were wearing minimal, thin-soled running shoes or had no shoes at all. The results, gathered over a year, showed that the 107 barefoot runners in the study had fewer injuries overall, but had the same rate of injury as the 94 shod runners.
Barefoot runners tended to suffer from more calf injuries but fewer incidences of plantar fasciitis, knee and hip injuries than shod runners. If you are thinking of transitioning to barefoot running, the worst thing you can do is buy a pair of barefoot shoes and start pounding the pavement straightaway! You need to give your body time to readjust to how your sole lands and build up flexibility and strength in the lower legs.
UK barefoot running coach Lee Saxby. shares a few tips in this video. On a side note, I've been wearing barefoot casual shoes from Vivobarefoot for two years now and they are insanely comfy. We've got some discount vouchers for Simply Well patients, so just mention it to your practitioner if you want to check them out.
All entries complied by osteopath Dr Wei Chua unless otherwise stated.