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Day: May 24, 2012

Barefoot: what’s all the fuss?

IS BAREFOOT BEST?

In my work as a physical therapist, runners come to me all the time with questions about which running techniques are best. Usually they are struggling with injuries and they’ve heard about the latest, greatest technique on the web or from their running buddy. They’re hoping that if they change their shoes or the way their foot strikes the ground they’ll get rid of that aching hip or knee or ankle… and they’ll run faster, too. They want answers to help them sort through all the strong (and often conflicting) opinions they’ve heard: Should a runner land on the heel, midfoot, or forefoot? And what is all the fuss about barefoot running?

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