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Dr. Greisberg featured in article on barefoot running

October 5, 2011

 

Despite the popularity of barefoot running, many medical professionals are unconvinced of its benefits -- and concerned about the potential risk.

Justin Greisberg, an orthopedic surgeon in New York City who specializes in foot and ankle problems, has seen a number of patients with stress fractures in their feet as a result of barefoot running. He cites calf and Achilles problems as other major risks and dismisses the idea that running barefoot is the "natural" way to run.

"Claims about our feet being underdeveloped are probably wrong. There is no science to support that," he said. "Primitive humans didn't run all day, and life expectancy was much different then, too. You didn't have 30- and 40-year-olds trying this sort of thing," he said.

The injury risks that barefoot running may produce stem from the different running form runners must adopt and the lack of cushioning that traditional running shoes provide. There are also the more obvious hazards.

"I had one guy who ran barefoot and jammed his toe on a rock," Greisberg said. "He was in a lot of pain."

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