More Press about Barefoot Running

by Owen Marcus on December 10, 2011

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This article is like many it talks about the controversy around running barefoot. You know how the media likes controversy.

It seems the scientists are getting involved in the debate.

In a series of analyses, they found that even on hard surfaces, barefoot runners who fore-foot strike generate smaller “collision forces” – less impact – than rear-foot strikers in shoes. Barefoot runners also had a springier step and used their calf and foot muscles more efficiently.

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Steven December 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I switched to barefoot and haven’t looked back. Years of running injuries were gone in weeks, and I threw away my $500 orthotics.

Granted, I wear Invisible Shoes sandals a lot of the time, but they’re about as close to barefoot as you can get.

Owen Marcus December 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I never thought much of orthotics. Every runner I worked with stopped using them. They are expensive and shift the problem to another area.

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