I posted a while back that I was hoping to give barefooting a try. I am almost two years removed from a nasty bout of plantar fasciitis that left me sidelined from running for six full months. After that was fixed, my podiatrist had me move into orthotics and gave me a strict order not to go barefoot. Ever.
So I followed his advice and all went well until late last August when I started having PF in the opposite foot. Hmmm, that doesn’t make sense if I’m doing everything right, does it? But I continued on until I started reading all the buzz about barefooting. People like Barefoot AngieB and Barefoot Josh have inspired me to give it a go. They both love barefooting and seem to have a lot of joy in their running.
My first steps have been trying to walk around the house an hour or so sans shoes/orthotics. I’ve done some foot strengthening exercises, because that seems wise after my feet have been housed for so long and are likely quite weak as a result. The bummer is, however, that my PF (in my “good” foot) has kicked into high gear while doing this.
For now, I’ve gone back to my old ways of orthotics/shoes to try to get it to calm down. It has, but it’s still there, lingering ever so slightly. My hope is that I can get it to go away entirely, and then try fresh again. I’m also due some new running shoes, so I’m hoping that perhaps a try at shoes that are more minimal can help serve as an entry to barefooting as well (although I know most barefooters look at this as hooey!).
I’m not throwing in the towel on barefooting, but I do feel like I need to proceed cautiously. There’s the side of me that says if it ain’t broken, why fix it? A little PF isn’t broken, IMHO, but anything that causes it to flare up big time, and potentially take me back to the sidelines, is scary. So that’s where I am for now.
Would love to hear some opinions on this take–Josh, have at it!