You’ve probably seen the weird looking toe shoes that have gained huge popularity lately? Have you wondered what all the rage is about? And have you also wondered if people are crazy because they’re probably killing their feet running in those rediculous things? Then you’ll be surprised what WebMD has to say about running barefoot and in toe shoes. Read on:
Running Barefoot vs. Running in Shoes
“We’ve oversupported our feet [in running shoes] to the point that our foot doesn’t have to do what it’s designed to do,” explains Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and director of the Spaulding National Running Center. “When you support a muscle, it doesn’t have to work as hard; when it doesn’t have to work as hard, it gets weak.”
Ditching your shoes means the muscles in your calves and feet will have to work harder to accommodate to a different foot strike and shorter stride; it takes time for new barefoot runners to build up those muscles.
I’m thinking about heading over to the mall. How about you?