Barefoot Running: Myths and Realities of Barefoot and Shod Mechanics towards Implicating Running Related Injuries YE01-YE03
Dr. Zafar Azeem,
Associate Professor, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Department of
Kinesiotherapy and Movement Sciences, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth,
Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Modern footwear has changed in its role over the years from providing protection to controlling foot motion and stabilisation. However, Running Related Injuries (RRIs) continue to increase despite technological innovations in fabrication and design. As we evolve in our understanding of barefoot running, examining this pattern of running is worth giving attention to. Barefoot running changes the foot strike pattern to forefoot strike with reduction in stride length and impact loading. Also, barefoot form of running provides a greater proprioceptive challenge to plantar surface of the foot and increased energy conservation at the arches. The advent of new footwear trend in form of minimalist shoe is slowly gaining attention but it is presumptive to appreciate its benefits over barefoot running. The purpose of this review was to study the evidence regarding differences between shod and barefoot mechanics and how different footwear affords mechanical changes between them. Future directions on barefoot running mechanics and its progression are also suggested.