Running injuries to the barefoot runner – you can run but you cannot hide from injuries says NY Times

Running injuries to the barefoot runner – you can run but you cannot hide from injuries says NY Times

A recent NY Times article discussed running injuries to the barefoot runner. A growing niche in the running world are those who decide to give up the traditional shoe (shod) approach to running and go barefoot or near barefoot. Many people who decide to switch do so because they had some problems running in shoes. When they switch, many runners claim they feel better except when they begin having other problems in place of the original ones. In other words, other types of injuries occur from running in shoes like the Vibram that are not seen while running shod. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that running barefoot has more of a mid food strike vs. a heel strike.

The problem has to do with body mechanics. You can run but you cannot hide. Mechanical issues are still present if you change from shoes to non shoes and eventually, you will have other problems to contend with. Some people are just not built for running and need some help in the form of an orthotic and you cannot place an orthotic in a vibram stile foot glove. On the other hand, many minimalist shoes do allow the placement of an off the shelf orthotic shell and some people do better with correction of some sort. This is best seen on a treadmill, easily evaluated using a cellphone video. What is typically seen is those who require orthotic correction will run better, and with a more open stride on a treadmill with an orthotic shell in the shoe. Try it for yourself and you will see the difference on video, while you will hear the difference in that the sound of the treadmill will be lower because a more open stride has a softer impact on the treadmill, as well as the runner visually having much better symmetry and they will feel better too.

Check out the article here

Phys Ed

Barefoot Running Can Cause Injuries, Too

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
When Dr. Douglas Brown, a radiologist in Orem, Utah, noticed an uptick recently in the number of barefoot runners he was seeing with heel and foot problems, he wondered if there might be a connection between their unshod training and their sore feet. But he couldn’t find any scientific studies that had examined the issue.So he approached Sarah Ridge, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, who studies impact injuries in sports, and suggested she undertake one.

The resulting study, published last month in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, is likely to add fuel to the continuing debate about the benefits of running barefoot or wearing minimalist “barefoot” shoes. Does the barefoot style reduce a runner’s risk of pain and injury (as barefoot enthusiasts believe)? Or does barefoot running simply contribute to the development of a different set of injuries in some runners?

To find out, Dr. Ridge began by recruiting 36 adult, experienced runners, male and female, who, until then, had run between 15 and 30 miles a week while wearing normal running shoes. She sent them to Dr. Brown for baseline M.R.I. scans of their feet and lower legs to check for current injuries or problems.

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