If you live in Missoula you’ve likely caught a glimpse of a barefoot runner. Among the throngs of runners there are some unmistakably naked feet and many others scantily clad in some kind of five-fingered foot glove.
You may have processed this in a similar manner as I did, at first thinking these people were following a ridiculous fad and accumulating an impressive list of injuries. But then I heard some logical arguments on the benefits of barefoot running. I decided it deserved a second look.
Thus, I read an article by Dr. Irene Davis of the Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard. Doing so helped me to discover the potential benefits and strategies behind a barefoot running program.
Here is what I took away from the article:
For more information on barefoot running check out Dr. Davis’s website by clicking here.
We also invite you to schedule a Runner’s Clinic at Alpine. This 1.5 hour physical therapy examination includes 2-D video analysis and a thorough clinical examination. Doing so enables your physical therapist to design an individualized exercise specific to your needs. We can provide you with additional information on barefoot running, as well as to improve your running performance. For additional information, click here. Or call or clinic at 406-251-2323.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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