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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can exercising with no shoes on be bad?

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Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Injuries of many types may be more likely when exercising without shoes on.
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Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: Barefoot running something to consider. For many this is felt a means to lower injury rates by strengthening feet and returning to a more natural gait. For others this is just not the way to go due to previous injuries, foot alignment, running gait. If you decide to make the change to barefoot do so with caution- take is slow, consider minimal shoe first, run on soft surface, watch for obstacles.
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