Is Barefoot Running a Bad Fad or Better Choice

Updated 12/31/2019

Patients that come in with tendonitis, both of the arch and the achilles and major symptoms seem to be overuse type injuries or lack of support type injuries.

Dr. Bob Baravarian, M.D.
Barefoot Running Bad or Fad - University Foot and Ankle Insititute - Los Angeles

There’s a new trend in the running world; running without shoes or wearing rubber shoes that look like feet. So it is just a fad or a better choice?

 

Many are convinced it’s better for their body to go barefoot.

 

Advocates claim kicking off their shoes or wearing these rubber feet to protect just their skin eases the impact on their joints and improves their speed.

 

But doctors said there’s no evidence of that and say the trend can cause injuries, especially for new runners, because your foot hits the ground differently.

 

“Stress fractures, because the bones that lead to the toes are getting too much strain,” said Dr. Bob Baravarian, UCLA Medical Center.

 

“Patients that come in with tendonitis, both of the arch and the achilles and major symptoms seem to be overuse type injuries or lack of support type injuries,’ he said.

 

“I’m running much more than I was before and painlessly and a little faster,” Joe Maller, barefoot runner said.

 

“You really do have to ease back certainly in distance and in pace and frequency while your body adjusts,” said Chris Hawson, another barefoot runner.

 

Experts said diabetics should avoid barefoot running because they often have decreased sensation in their feet, so they won’t be able to detect potential injuries.

 

13,456 Total 1st Party Reviews / 4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • Yelp
    I am very happy with the bunion surgery I received from Dr. Baravarian. He and his staff were outstanding. I would highly recom...
    Blair M.
  • GatherUp
    Good experience though couldn't ultimately diagnose what my root cause symptoms were leading to. Based on insurance coverage an...
    Sylvia M.
  • GatherUp
    Dr Fransom and the whole staff are awesome!!
    Bruce L.
  • GatherUp
    I have know drs Kellman and Feldman for almost 30 years and it was nice to see (at least one of) them again. It used to be my k...
    Lynn S.
  • GatherUp
    Excellent service and care provided by Dr Kelman and his staff
    Susan C.
  • GatherUp
    Dr. Kelman was professional, friendly, and helpful.
    Janet M.
  • GatherUp
    Waiting area very small and distancing during Covid could be difficult...
    David G.
  • Yelp
    I love this office !!! Dr..Bob is amazing and really helped me with a swollen ankle ! I was so happy o didn't need surgery and ...
    Crystal L.
  • GatherUp
    Recommending dr Kelman to my husband
    Kimberly E.
  • GatherUp
    Staff, does not seem so busy, but for example at my last appt- I requested 5 times the nurse to check if my Insurance approved...
    Maria A.
  • GatherUp
    the institute staff was very professional.
    John S.
  • Google
    Although the doctor was delayed performing a procedure at another location, she arrived as I finished my paperwork. She was fri...
    Julio S.
Same Day Appointments
Now Available!

Or call 877-989-9110

24 hours a day, 7 days a week