What do you make of barefoot running?


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barefoot running in Houston, TXBarefoot running has become increasingly popular, mostly due to the popularity of the book Born To Run by Chris McDougall. While some successfully transition to barefoot running, or run in minimalist shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers, many injuries can occur if you are not careful. Also, there are some who are just not built for barefoot running and learn the hard way with a stress fracture in a metatarsal or the heel.

I do not advocate barefoot running and do not suggest it to my patients in my Houston podiatry clinic. When a barefoot runner comes to the office with an injury, I treat him like all other athletes: I do everything I can to return that runner to his sport. Sure, if I feel that running barefoot is detrimental to their health or fitness, I'll suggest they change activities like I do for all sports. However my primary goal is to keep that runner doing what he loves.

Whether barefoot or shod, you should not be in pain when you run. Pain is an indicator that something is not right. Don't wait! Come to our Houston podiatry office for an evaluation to get yourself feeling better and back on the road.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.