Barefoot Running

I guess this is a two part question. I am a 23 year old female with size 3 feet. I had a very good gait before I had a severe ankle injury at 17. The surgical repair was quite extensive on the tissues in the ankle bone which were cut by bone fragments. After this I spent a long time suffering after running with hip, foot and back problems.

2 years ago I started using barefoot running shoes with toes to allow full contact with the ground and free movement of my toes and feet. After a year I stopped getting back and hip pain and seem to have gotten my good natural gait back. However recently I heard that barefoot running can actually be bad for your feet and I’m worried that long term my feet may go back to being bad and bring my pain back. I was wondering if this is true and if so what alternatives I can turn to. I do love the barefoot running though.

Also I am curious as to how common size 3 feet are as it seems to be impossible to find shoes that fit me comfortably.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    First question with barefoot running and minimal shoes. If you have the foot strength to control the demands of running in these shoes then there is no reason to stop.

    If you feel great and have had no pain with these shoes then keep doing what you are doing. I’d just ensure that you are releasing your feet on a regular basis. You can learn more about this HERE.

    For the 2nd part of your question, size 3 feet is actually quite rare. I was surprised when I read size 3. However, foot size is usually proportional to height and I’m not sure how tall you are. If you are less than 5′ tall then size 3 wouldn’t be that rare.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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