Sure, our paleolithic ancestors ran barefoot tens of thousands of years ago, and only within the last 10,000 years have human society transformed from a hunter-gatherer civilization to an agricultural civilization-not enough time for natural selection to change our foot structure. The key to barefoot running without injury is to have a stable foot structure, shorten the running stride to have a midfoot/forefoot strike, and gradually increase the run duration to allow foot muscles to develop. In short, it’s for some of us- not all of us!
About Dr. Mann
Dr. Gurbir Mann is a Calgary-based podiatric physician and surgeon with Achilles Foot Clinic. Dr. Mann has extensive training and expertise in all areas of podiatry. He specializes in diabetic foot care, limb salvage, corrective foot surgery and podiatry for children.