Bare Foot Running! Yes Or No?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Aug 22, 2017
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What are your thoughts on bare foot running?

Below is the question asked....

What are your thoughts on bare foot running?

Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C from "The Foot Lab" Weighs in on the topic.....

There is always a whole lot of discussion about this when a group of Pedorthists get togther and Oooooooh.....I just get all giddy about barefoot running, I really, really love it, BUT there is a whole lot of prepping that has to happen before someone starts running barefoot.

If you've been running for years and are thinking of running barefoot (with or without barefoot runners) you need to treat it like you're a brand new runner, GO SLOW, take all the time in the world to work into it as slowly as you can. You may be the one in a billion that can go straight into it and have no issues but it's highly unlikely.

There was a Russian Olympic running coach that wouldn't let anyone run even one kilometer until they had worked on the ladder - they would have to jump barefoot onto the concrete floor starting from the bottom rung and work their way up step by step until they were 15 feet up! That's right jump barefoot from 15 feet up onto a concrete floor and do it with no pain - absolutely brilliant!

And that was before they went running in shoes! Never mind running barefoot! It is totally doable and would be even more fun than running with shoes but you would really, really have get your feet ready with lots and lots of strengthening exercises and not too fast. Another issue is running barefoot in Canada means running in the ice and snow.....not really feasable, moccasins or something similar would be the perfect choice to solve that problem.

You could even wear just 2 or 3 pairs of wool socks to keep out the cold. Loving the north!

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/ 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.