A study published yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that periodic sessions of running barefoot may be helpful to runners with a history of knee pain. Researchers found a 12% reduction in peak patellofemoral joint stress among 22 runners who were tested while running barefoot and in a neutral cushioned shoe. The report cautions that it is not possible to reduce the load on one body tissue (eg, knee) without increasing it elsewhere, and that the technique likely results in increased force exerted on the ankle. Read a news report, with link to the study abstract, here.
Posted on July 16, 2013