Barefoot running is gaining in popularity. Recently, Dr. Oz promoted barefoot running on his new TV show. He went as far as demonstrating the proper technique for barefoot running. Watch the video HERE. I am thrilled to see one of the most trusted and respected physicians of our time promote barefoot running. However, not everyone is happy about all this interest in barefoot running.
Late last month the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) released a position paper on the barefoot running:
APMA Position Statement on Barefoot Running:
“Barefoot running has become an increasing trend, and a possible alternative or training adjunct to running with shoes. While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate on the Internet and in the media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long term effects of this practice.
Barefoot running has been touted as improving strength and balance, while promoting a more natural running style. However, risks of barefoot running include a lack of protection–which may lead to injuries such as puncture wounds–and increased stress on the lower extremities. Currently, inconclusive scientific research has been conducted regarding the benefits and/or risks of barefoot running.”
I would love to hear your thoughts on the APMA’s position statement and/or Dr. Oz’s comments.