Traditional Barefoot Running Vs. Minimalist Barefoot Running

It looks like we’re finally past the point of looking at barefoot runners as crazy. Even local newspapers have sent in their intrepid reporters to dig deep and bring the scoop to readers. Now, the debate is whether or not you run barefoot with shoes on. I think it is  a showdown between “barefoot running” and “barefoot running in shoes” so, read on to see if there is an answer.

Although minimalist running shoes have gained a toehold in the marketplace and shoeless joggers aren’t as likely to draw stares, many runners have kept to traditional athletic shoes. And experts remain divided on the wisdom of running without them.

“While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate on the Internet and in the media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long-term effects,” the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine wrote in a position statement. “Currently, there is a lack of well-designed studies regarding the benefits and/or risks of barefoot running.”

Read the full post at NORTHWEST HERALD

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