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8/10/2009 1:25 PM

Looking for a place to make a comment or ask a question about a recent E-Journal summary or published article? This is an Open Forum for anything that's on your mind relating to biomechanics, orthotics, or ProLab.  

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Re: Your Comments Barefoot running and Nike Free shoes

I am just curious as to people's viewpoints and comments re:Barefoot training along w/ Feedback on the Nike Free shoes.

I recently read a portion of the book BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall and this has peaked my interest. ( chapter 25 to be specific).

I am trying to find better information from the Irish Physical therapist Gerard Hartmann,PhD but have come up with only references on the internet. I look forward to your thoughts.

By Hans Blaakman,DPM on   12/31/2009 12:53 PM

Barefoot Running

There was recently a discussion on Podiatry Arena on barefoot running. I thought Craig Payne provided an excellent summary of the issue and I would have to say I agree with him 100%. I could never say it as eloquently as Craig, so I'll quote him here and then refer you the thread on Podiatry Arena. From Craig Payne on Podiatry Arena: "We were created to run barefoot to survive, so we can move camps, can hunt for our food, etc. But that was before concrete got invented and we started to run for fitness, recreation and competition rather than survival (but given the obesity epidemic we may need to run for survival in the near future!). Because of the invention of concrete, we needed another invention – the running shoe.Running barefoot comes in two forms. Those that do it in moderation as part of a balanced running program and those that use it as a philosophy that underpins their running. It is this later group I have a problem with. They are like religious zealots that are fanatical about it. They use nonsensical non-scientific mumbo jumbo to support what they do. They use any piece of evidence that is negative about running shoes as “proof” that barefoot running is better. They grasp at straws to misrepresent other research and dismiss any anti-barefoot research. They claim there is research for it, but when you look at the research, it does not support it - they misrepresent what the research is showing (...and even when you point that out to them, they continue to claim it supports them). At the end of the day, there is not one piece of evidence that shows barefoot is even ideal, let alone beneficial. Yet do an internet search for barefoot running and look at the extraordinary range of claims being made for the benefits of it. HOWEVER, there is no evidence that it is not beneficial either. Yet the fanatical supporters of barefoot running quote a wide range of research to support their cause. When I read the reference list for the claims, not one piece of the research says what they claim it says. Trying to discuss rationally with these people is like trying to argue a religion – you never going to win that argument.They also like to be dismissive of claims by Podiatrists that running barefoot is not good as Podiatrists have a vested interest in foot orthotics. That is just silly nonsense. Podiatrists will, generally, always be motivated by what is best for the patient and if the evidence says that barefoot running is beneficial, then they will be recommending it. There are even Podiatrists who are barefoot runners! I love the way the fanatics claims that Podiatrists are anti-barefoot running because of the orthotic $. They need to come up with some better evidence and data than that silly argument. There have been some very balanced discussions on Podiatry Arena on barefoot running; certainly more balanced that the fanatism and zealotry seen on some running forums to do with barefoot running.I not opposed to barefoot running; it is just I want good evidence to guide me as to what runners should and should not be doing it; it probably should be done in moderation as part of a balanced running program; and the zealots need to get over it"Here is the thread on Podiatry Arena: http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/showthread.php?t=38025&highlight=barefoot+running

Larry Huppin

By LH1000 on   4/6/2010 8:35 AM

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