Why shouldn’t we run barefoot or in sandals?

5 de February de 2020

In running there is a group of people known as “minimalists”, who defend the benefits and privileges obtained by running barefoot or in sandals. According to the practitioners of minimalism, this practice provides a different sensation when running, since it prevents injuries as it is a “natural” way of running.

Reasons why running barefoot is not advisable

In this article we will analyze the reasons why this practice is not the most appropriate or advisable.

The main reason why we always recommend appropriate footwear is the protection it offers to the foot when it comes to avoiding any type of impact, whether it be blows or injuries with a sharp object, among others. Another argument is the lack of cushioning. It should be taken into account that when running, our feet support 3 to 4 times our body weight, so that a person of 60 kg, in each stride exerts a pressure on his feet of about 240 kg.. Without proper shoes, there is nothing to soften that impact, and sandals do not provide the necessary cushioning either, thus increasing the risk of ankle and foot injuries.


Barefoot running


Another factor to take into account is plantar fat, which happens to be a natural cushioning system of the foot. However, not everyone has the same level of fat as this varies according to the weight of each individual, so the greater the body weight, the greater the risk of injury.

Anthropometric parameters such as body mass index (BMI) should also be taken into account, as well as the condition of the skin and joints and biomechanics in relation to the execution of this type of running.

In Clinica San Roman we offer all podiatric services for foot care, contact us.


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Date of publication: 10-11-2017

Date of revision: 7-02-2020



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