In today's program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks us about the pros and cons of Barefoot Running. There are those that believe barefoot running is a possible alternative or training adjunct to running with shoes. Needless to say, there are abundant opinions, studies, and analysis about the possible health benefits of barefoot running. However, the jury is still out in regards to running without shoes. Research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long-term effects of this approach to running.

Barefoot running has been touted with improving strength and balance, while promoting a more natural running style. However, there are risks to barefoot running including a lack of protection, which may lead to injuries with increased stress on the lower extremities.

Suddenly running barefoot can be quite a shock to the foot and require a slow adaptation phase. But that isn't the only concern about shoe-less running. Barefoot Running may increase Achilles tendonitis and calf strain and can also increase plantar pain. The bottom of the feet, or the plantar surface, for most people is soft and tender. Going without a stiff-soled shoe may initially cause plantar pain, or in those susceptible, increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.

Listen to today’s program to where Dr. Reminga takes a look at the pros and cons of this practice and also weigh-in with his view barefoot running.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.