What Injuries are associated with barefoot running?

There are plenty of barefoot running injuries that can keep you from running your best—or in some cases, training at all. Running barefoot means you are more likely to develop painful stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, blisters, calluses, Achilles tendinitis, and a few other problems, such as compartment syndrome and bursitis. This is because your feet do not have the benefit of footwear that will help you absorb shock or support your foot structures. Your muscles and connective tissues must work more and deal with harder impacts, which strains them.

As you switch from traditional running shoes to a minimalist pair, your feet have to learn to adjust to the lower levels of support and stability. This requires a fore or midfoot stride to make the most of your body’s natural shock absorption. Changing your stride and conditioning your feet can take quite a while. If you feel any foot pain while running barefoot, take a break. Let John Hollander, DPM, care for your feet so you make the switch safely. Call us at (707) 578-1222 or use our online contact form to reach us for more information or an appointment.