In the last few years there has been a great increase in running bare foot and/or in minimalist shoes.  With this increase has come an increase in the number of injuries to the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back. Running is a high impact activity that requires us to be fit before we start.  Running bare foot or in minimalist shoes requires us to be extra fit with very strong feet.  Every day I work with clients who break down because their feet have very poor mechanics. Going from regular, highly supportive running shoes to minimalist shoes in asking for an injury.  Now, I do believe that many can work toward running bare foot but only when they have ensured proper foot mechanics and running stride.  Here is an article by Pete Williams from EXOS (Athletes Performance) about slowly making the transition.

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