Barefoot Running shoes allow you to feel the earth and move through your feet more naturally. They require the muscles from your toes all the way up into your knee to work properly. The benefits of barefoot running are numerous, HOWEVER it is important to transition carefully to avoid injury.
So if you are currently in an average running shoe here are some considerations as you transition.
- Begin walking around your house barefoot as much as possible so you can begin to strengthen your feet.
- If you know that you have imbalances or decreased range of motion in your ankles, knees or hips or upper body that prevent you from rolling through your feet properly then it is important to address those muscular imbalances with Postural Alignment and foot exercises. You don’t want to be landing hard on your heel or rolling to the outside or inside of your foot too much or your feet and knees will begin to develop pain issues. Here is link to some exercises for runners that you can use before and after a run – Click Here
- Start with a transition shoe. Look for a shoe that has a wide toe box, no toe spring and zero drop. However, continue to use a shoe that has some support. Altra is an example of a brand that has some transition shoes with varying amounts of support.
- Gradually decrease the amount of support that your shoe has until you are ready for a barefoot shoe. Want to know what my favorite barefoot running shoe is?? Send me an e-mail – email@example.com, and I will happily share my favorite shoes with you. I hope you do because I would love to hear from you!
- Once you have your barefoot shoes decrease the length of your run to gradually build up to more time in your barefoot shoes. Listen to your body. There is no rush to get there. It is better to build up slowly than to end up with an injury. You may only want to start with 10 minutes for your first barefoot run and then increase that time by 5 minutes a week.
- Finally if you have any current aches or pains you will want to resolve those first. If you like to get to the cause of what is going on and are willing to do the work to get there, then you are someone I like to work with. Send me a note and we can set up a time to talk and answer questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
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