Barefoot running has been around for a long time, but it has become popular in recent years. One of the reasons it has become more common is because many believe barefoot running reduces the risk of injury.
People who run barefoot strike the ground differently than those who run with sneakers. Barefoot running forces people to strike the ground with the forefoot first, and those who run with shoes strike the ground with their heel first. The forefoot can withstand more stress and impact than the heel. In contrast, using running shoes offers too much cushion and protection for the foot, which results in weaker muscles. When the muscles become weak, they are more prone to injury.
However, the transition to barefoot running does not happen overnight. It is recommended that you slowly strengthen your foot by going on shorter runs on soft ground, and then working your way up to more rigorous running. If you decide to start barefoot running, you should be careful about where you choose to run because glass and pebbles may cause injury.
If you want to experience the effects of barefoot running, but are worried about protecting your feet, some companies have developed minimalist running shoes for this reason. These shoes are an excellent way to work your toward running barefoot.
If you want to start running barefoot you should consult with your podiatrist to see if this running method is suitable for you.