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Running barefoot may be an option for experienced runners

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You might think barefoot running is just for the beach, but actually, it's a new trend that's bringing barefoot runners to pavements everywhere.  So, aside from stepping on something unpleasant, is it safe?

Dr. Jason Nemitz said, "In the right group of people, people who have good running technique or who are already higher-level runners, I think it's okay to switch over."  "Your casual runner, weekend warrior, somebody who likes to do 5Ks twice a year might not be the best person to jump right into barefoot running because this type of running is very technique dependent."

Dr. Nemitz says that technique can be hard to master because you run more on the balls of your feet instead of on the heels.  As a result, he says you risk a variety of injuries…including stress fractures. That is because you don't learn the right technique for barefoot running.

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