Minimalist Footware Cautions

Minimalist Footware Cautions The latest craze to hit the streets, the jogging paths and the gym is minimalist footwear. These shoes are often made to look like bare feet and feature little to no heel along with very thin flexible soles. A Hop Topics article published by the NSCA suggests that these types of shoes tend to reduce stride length, increase stride rate and shorten joint range of motion. The result is increased running economy at race pace. But the downside is surface hazards like glass and rocks. The thin sole might not be able to adequately protect your feet.

True Strength Moment: A recent survey of active runners revealed that 30% had tried using minimalist footware, and 85% of them were likely to keep using this new style of shoe. Just as it would take time for shoe wearing runners to get used to going barefoot, the article's author cautioned about buying a pair of these shoes and jumping in with both feet. 54% of the survey respondents expressed a fear of injury was the primary factor limiting their desire to run barefoot or use a minimalist shoe.
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May 18, 2012
I once told you at home we ran barefoot, even at scoohl sports. Some wore the regular sneekers, but it was not mandatory. We learned to run in the sand at the beach which is tough to do, but now I do not run however I like to have something on my feet to avoid callouses.J