'Barefoot' refers to barefoot running. This is essentially running using no shoes or simple thin shoes.

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Foot muscle weakness related to overpronation

I've come to the conclusion that an excessive overpronation partly is a problem related to the weakness of the foot muscles and in particular: Intrinsic foot muscles (abductor hallucis, flexor ...
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Should I run with this ankle pain? [closed]

I used to run regularly (15-18km on the long run day) and then had to take a 3 month break in between. This time, I started running in the minimalist shoes (since I suffer from over-pronation and ...
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Barefoot Running: What is the right form?

I recently bought a pair of minimalistic running shoes. As I did some "research" beforehand, I came to the conclusion that whether barefoot running is considered "good" or "healthy" is mainly based on ...
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My first minimalistic/barefoot shoe

I'm planning to buy my first minimalistic shoe, and I've encountered some attributes of certain shoes that I understand now, but still, I don't know what footbed or drop parameters should I buy in the ...
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Are maximalism shoes like Hoka be good for running?

When I was running with low shoes (barefoot like) I was getting a lot of injuries in my feets, but these injuries were minor, just after 3 day┬┤s of recovering my feets went much stronger. After a ...
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What is the mileage needed to run half-marathon in minimalist shoes without injury?

I have been running in minimalist shoes for about 4 months now, gradually getting to 40-80 km a month. The maximum distance I have run so far is 12 kilometers. I want to run a half-marathon in about ...
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Barefoot running vs any footwear

Not considering stones or sharp objects on a terrain. With barefoot, I mean real barefoot, not "barefoot" shoes. Could we say that since barefoot running (and not getting injured) is feasible, ...
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How can I learn running barefoot on asphalt without having blisters?

I have been running for years for fun. Since last year I am interested in marathons. I attended 2 marathons and currently getting prepared for Munich marathon. I run 4 times a week. And I would like ...
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What is a safe distance for a barefoot running on asphalt?

I mean not totally barefoot, I mean using VFF or something like Nike free run 3.0, in my long run I do a good 10-13k in barefoot, but after that my feets gets a lot of pain. I think my foots has been ...
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Barefoot Running Effective for Improving Squat?

I've noticed when reaching my upper limits on squat, I start to get some impingement around the ankle and upper foot area. I've learned that this can be caused from weakness of the ankle and foot ...
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How should I transition into minimalist running shoes?

I have spent the last few years running in stability shoes with orthotics (Brooks Adrenaline line) to prevent ankle pain caused by overpronation. My joints and muscles are fine after long runs ...
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How to avoid blisters while running barefoot?

I have started to run barefoot because no shoe suits my feet perfectly. I ran a half marathon yesterday and made my PB too, I am happy. But during the course of running I developed blisters. I enjoy ...
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Do “barefoot” runners need a different warm-up?

I normally run 10-15 km training runs. My warm-up has always been nothing more than starting very slowly- I run the first 3 km at a crawl, really. A few months ago I switched to "barefoot" running, ...
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Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

I have been told by the doctor that barefoot walking is good as long as it is on a rugged surface (grass, gravel, sand, ...) but I should not walk barefoot on a pavement or home. Simultaneously, ...
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Do the calves/achilles muscles become especially sensitive when barefoot running?

I've been running in vibrams for around a year, gradually increasing speed and distance (to about 12 km)(a longer description of how I moved into vibrams is in this question). A few days ago I felt a ...
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Is there a way to prevent swollen feet from barefoot running?

I'm doing barefoot running on streets (tarmac) for approximately one month now. In this time I had several blisters, scratches and pain in the ankle. Now everything works pretty fine, except my feet ...
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Does running in Vibrams (or some other minimalist shoes) make you run faster?

I have been running for about 20 years, mostly 10-21 km over the past few years. This past year I've transitioned into running in Vibrams - in the simplest model I found - and about two month ago I ...
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Calf muscle recovery time when adapting to forefoot/barefoot running?

I've been adjusting to forefoot/barefoot running for a couple months now. I keep extending my distance or increasing my speed or improving my form. Consequently, my calves have been staying sore for ...
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Injury risks running on sand vs solid surfaces?

I normally do a fair amount of barefoot running on grass, dirt, and pavement, but on a recent trip, I ended a couple of runs with several miles on sand. It felt easier on my calves and lower legs ...
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Will the pain from running in Vibrams on roads go away?

I have been running in Vibrams now for quite a while (up to 8 miles at a time, at a 8:20 pace). It is almost completely painless when I don't run on roads. However, when I do, my feet hurt as though I ...
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Are barefoot shoes suitable for multi-terrain obstacle courses?

I'm planning on doing the Warrior Dash later this year. It is a 3.2 mile (5K) race course through mountainous terrain, mud, and water. In addition, there will also be obstacles along the way such as: ...
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Barefoot running in cold weather

I've recently moved to a new city where I've been told the temperature usually settles around -20 deg C in the mid-winter. I either run in Merrell Pace gloves or VFFs, and I've found that when the ...
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Are there any compelling reasons to not engage in bare-foot weight lifting

As I understand it there is a general recommendation towards wearing weight lifting shoes when lifting heavy weights for three main reasons: Less compression in a weight lifting shoe's than in a ...
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Having sharp, pulsating stinging pain in upper left foot. [closed]

I borrowed the picture from someone else's foot problem that, when I read further, didn't seem to be what I'm going through. Edit: (>_<) Scratch the picture, because I'm a new user I can't use ...
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Barefoot training, but racing with technology?

I've been "training" by going barefoot (+ vibrams) for over 2-3 months now. I feel great, there are no big injuries (although I've not really pushed my self). My question is this: Is it wise to train ...
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Running shoes vs barefoot: which is better for squat and dead lift?

This answer mentions that you shouldn't do squat exercises in running shoes. Why is that? I don't feel like performing squats and dead lifts with running shoes are creating any issues for me, but ...
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Alternatives to Vibram Five Fingers

I'd like to wear VFFs for running, but unfortunately I have odd shaped/length toes and feet that make these almost impossible to wear. Are there any reasonably priced alternatives that I could look ...
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Easing the soreness from new exercises

I'm sure we're all familiar with the soreness that comes from a new form of exercise that impacts muscles that haven't been overly stressed (or at least not for a long time). For example, I recently ...
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Pain in the top of my foot

I'm having some minor (uncomfortable) pain in the outside top of my right foot (think around the inferior peroneal retinaculum or the inferior extensor retinaculum near the external malleolus). It ...
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Can I run barefeet on asphalt?

Can I run barefoot on asphalt concrete to the nearest park (1km) without damaging my feet? I'd do this every other day. I've been running 2-5km three times a week for a year running barefeet, except ...
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How do I avoid stench with my Vibram Five Fingers?

FiveFingers are great shoes for running, hiking, and general lounging. I believe that running barefoot has improved my fitness and also general running ability -- even with conventional shoes. But ...
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Experiences with 'barefoot' running

I have heard a lot about the 'barefoot' running idea that has seemed to gain a lot of popularity with the book "Born to Run". The main idea is that the human foot has evolved to be very effective at ...
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What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes?

Over the past few years, barefoot (or close to it) running has become extremely popular. New Balance, Nike, Saucony, and I'm sure more have come out with minimal shoes, not to mention the Vibram Five ...