After reviewing a large amount of relevant data on the many aspects of running, I have come to the conclusion that barefoot running is an evolutionarily sound, biomechanically sound, and statistically plausible way of improving running and reducing injury.
- Endurance running was an important survival strategy for early humans and has left marks in our physiology.
- Humans possess many adaptations that allow for efficient running that neither our ancient ancestors nor out present evolutionary relatives have.
- The skeleture and musculature of the foot and leg are well adapted to handle the forces associated with running.
- There are no studies or clinical trials that show traditional modern running shoes as effective in reducing injury rates among runners
- Barefoot running has shown at least marginally better injury prevention rates than shod running
- More research is needed to ascertain the full extent and range of possible benefits from barefoot running as well as any possible risks related to it.