“Run on Your Toes” and Four Other Dumb-Ass Bits of Barefoot Advice
This may be the most damaging advice I hear. New barefoot or minimalist shoe runners (BFR/MR) are told to “get up on their toes.” This idiotic advice is simply wrong. By not allowing your heels to touch the ground, excessive stress is placed on the Achilles tendon and calf muscles. This stress causes Achilles tendonitis, muscle or tendon tears, plantar fasciitis symptoms, and a host of other problems. If you like like a prancing princess, you’re doing it wrong.