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.