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Barefoot Running: What is the right form?

I'm also going to disagree with Kneel-Before-ZOD. There's nothing wrong with running completely barefoot outdoors. You just need to look where you're running, stay relaxed, and run properly. ...
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Barefoot Running: What is the right form?

I found that running minimalist/barefoot corrected my running form pretty quickly and naturally without any special effort on my part. You body just won't let you slam your heel into the ground like ...
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What muscle or tendon pronates the foot when running?

The posterior tibialis controls pronation but the actual “foot roll” comes at the end of a very long kinetic chain. Each running step is initiated (or should be) in the glute and travels through the ...
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Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

Short answer: I would agree with your doctor's assessment unless you already have healthy, strong feet. These would probably be able to take (and perhaps even profit from) hard concrete surfaces. If ...
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How should I transition into minimalist running shoes?

As an addition to what has been said already, here are some exercises that will help you: The author is a podiatrist who is also a triathlete and minimalist/ barefoot runner: https://www.youtube....
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Why are running records not set when running barefoot?

I'm not aware of/ couldn't find any studies on affecting performance. This study from 2014 states that no studies on performance have not been done on a wide scale. https://www.researchgate.net/...
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Foot muscle weakness related to overpronation

Although weakness or limited mobility anywhere in the kinetic chain may lead to excessive pronation as a compensation, limited ankle dorsi-flexion is often a prime culprit. To test your dorsi-flexion ...
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Should I run with this ankle pain?

No, I don't think it's ok to continue running barefoot or minimalistic. The ankle pains are a clear indication you still need better footwear at this point. It could be that your calf muscles aren't ...
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Bare feet vs lifting shoes for people with flat feet

I have almost the same problem of the flat foot (not severe problem but bad enough). As I am in physiotherapy and performance training business I ‘ve asked many people (experts in their field) what I ...
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Is it safe to exercise barefoot?

Making sure that the area is clean and clear of any small objects that may cause you to hurt your feet or cause cuts would be important. Likewise making sure that furniture it out of the way and that ...
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What muscle or tendon pronates the foot when running?

If you went from zero to 10 km in 3-4 weeks (?) , your problem might also be caused by overload. I'm not a doctor, but... a very, very common overload problem if you start out too aggressive with ...
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Barefoot Running: What is the right form?

There seems to be some good info in Experiences with 'barefoot' running for this. I'm going to disagree with Kneel Before Zod, at least partially. I am agreed that running actually barefooted ...
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Barefoot running vs any footwear

There are numerous studies that explore the effects of barefoot running, the results often contradict earlier studies, anyway I'd suggest you have a look at one of the aggregation sites, such as ...
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Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

Sorry if this is a bit off-topic but I'd just like to share something as a heavy, flat-footed person. I'm 216 pounds at 5'10 and pretty much completely flat-footed, needless to say, running with ...
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Does running in Vibrams (or some other minimalist shoes) make you run faster?

No, not from my experience, minimalist shoes don't force you into good form or improve fitness. In fact, since there is less protection on your feet you are more likely to injure your feet. If your ...
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Barefoot running in cold weather

The people at Xero Shoes posted a video on the subject as well as a list of tips: So, yes, you can handle the cold if you: Warm up indoors first Adjust your running pattern — rather than ...
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