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Is barefoot running better for your body?

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Posted at 8:36 PM, Aug 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-03 20:36:30-04

There's a fitness craze gaining ground.

More and more runners are ditching their sneakers.

But doctors say they're seeing more injuries from barefoot running.

Many people are getting into barefoot running, convinced it's better for their bodies.

Many barefoot runners wear a special running shoe which doesn't offer any support, but protects your skin from hitting the ground.

Yet there's no evidence that going barefoot is a healthier choice. Doctors say the trend is causing injuries especially for runners just getting started.

Barefoot runners use different muscles. Doctors say their strike tends to be shorter, and they land on another part of their foot and that could land some people in the doctor's office.

“You really do have to ease back, certainly in distance and in pace and frequency while your body adjusts,” says Chris Hawson, a runner.

It could take months to make the transition out of your sneakers and experts warn you should stop immediately if you have bone or joint pain.