Barefoot running does not necessarily reduce the risk of injury
Proponents of full time barefoot running contend that it reduces the risk of injury and that it is more efficient.
There is some evidence to back this up but the research is equivocal. Subject populations are difficult to get right and more research is needed to look at differences between runners of different styles, training histories and transitioning styles before conclusions can fully be drawn, if indeed they can be.
Profeet take an different approach for every individual
Our approach at Profeet is more individualised and simply putting a barefoot shoe on is not going to instantly reduce injury risk and make a runner more efficient. We see a very wide range of people with different training histories, training volumes, foot types, biomechanical and anatomical issues that we have to address. In our opinion there is no one single correct way.
For example, someone with a thin metatarsal fat pad that starts running in a pair of sock-like shoes has a high potential of fracturing metatarsal or sesamoid bones in their forefoot. A cushioned shoe in this case is almost a necessity.
Someone with a hallux limitus has the potential to develop peroneal tendinoses as they’re not able to use their big toe as they should, an insole inside a torsionally stable shoe will reduce that risk.
Runners who have limited ranges of motion around the ankle may be putting themselves at risk of Achilles injuries and can actually benefit from wearing a shoe that has extra material at the heel.
Conversely, you will have competent runners with adequate mobility, strength, awareness and technique who will have no problem with shifting to a forefoot strike and will actually benefit from increased efficiency as a result.
Our goal is to help runners train efficiently and injury free
Our aim at Profeet is to equip runners to be able to run injury free and more efficiently.
We do this through advice on shoes, insoles, running technique, training volume management, strength training and flexibility training.