There are already a significant number of people who advocate running barefoot because based on them, running with no shoes may enhance feet biomechanics. Studies already says barefoot running is indeed able to increase the efficiency from the feet by 4%; however, there’s also studies that indicate the potential disadvantages of barefoot running such as increasing external foot injuries. Advocates of barefoot running state that shoes may actually weaken the tendons along with the small muscles in the feet causing foot problems. Also, shoes may disrupt natural arch of the feet that could lead to flat feet or overarching from the feet. In this line, they advocate running barefoot. In comparison, proponents of running with shoes indicate that wearing shoes may correct the biomechanical problems within the feet. Shoes, according to them, also lessen the risk for foot injuries which may be caused by external mechanical factors. With one of these contradictions, it becomes hard to decide whether or not to run barefooted or not. In this line, it is important to look into running barefoot in an unbiased manner by analysing the pros and cons of barefoot running Cons of Barefoot Running Barefoot running isn’t without disadvantages including: Lack of foot protection If you are running barefooted, the feet tend not to be protected from mechanical, chemical and biological factors which are present in the ground. Mechanical factors can include heat, broken glass, rocks, nails and thorns. Chemical factors may involve spilled contaminants in the earth and biological factors can include pinworms or hookworms that can enter the skin when the foot comes in contact with the contaminated ground. Aggravation of plantar pain The foot of the foot is usually soft; thus needs protection. Once the foot comes in contact with a hard surface like the ground, it may cause plantar pain that could also predispose plantar fasciitis. Increased foot blisters Due to the absence of mechanical support, feet may develop blisters around the plantar or bottom area as friction is made between the foot and the ground. Increased social stigma When you run barefooted, people may stare to you because you may look strange jogging with no footwear. Before deciding on barefoot running, you have to consider the above factor first. Based on your condition, you may go barefoot running or have your shoes instead, and achieving your orthotic health examined from your local Wesley Chapel chiropractor is definitely a good idea too.