Barefoot running is running while barefoot, without wearing any shoes on the feet. Running in thin-soled, flexible shoes is related, but differs in some ways. Running in modern running shoes is quite different, and contrasted with barefoot running.
Proponents for barefoot running would state that:
- Running in shoes appears to increase the risk of ankle sprains, either by decreasing awareness of foot position or by increasing the twisting torque on the ankle during a stumble.
- Running in shoes appears to increase the risk of plantar fasciitis and other chronic injuries of the lower limb by modifying the transfer of shock to muscles and supporting structures.
Common injuries associated with barefoot running:
- Achilles strain, plantar fasciitis
- Blisters, abrasions, friction injuries