Barefoot running has become increasingly popular in recent years, due in part to the popularity of a book called Born to Run (by Christopher McDougall). The book is based on the amazing running feats of tribes in South America, whose people could run almost endlessly without shoes. If it works for them, it should work for us, right?
Shoe manufacturers have been quick to capitalise on the trend and have attempted to mimic the barefoot experience by producing glove-style shoes, with a minimal layer of sole between foot and ground. These shoes replicate the feel of barefoot running and provide a large degree of muscle feedback through the close contact with the ground, but what are the real benefits and risks of barefoot running – and does shoe choice even matter?
Join Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller, one of the world’s leading experts in sports medicine, in this short YouTube clip as he discusses the roles of running mechanics, shoe choice, and the incidence of injury.
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