If you are out running and you feel pain in the bottom and the back of your heel you don’t worry because it might just be nothing serious. Heel pain is quite a common issue for runners, both for newcomers and experienced runners.
Cause of Heel pain
Heel pain is due to the fact your heels take the initial shock when you land on your feet, each and every time. Heel pain could be a sign of heel injuries from running or it could just be a your heel is feeling the intensity of running.
If the heel pain disappears after running and you can walk without any problems it is probably nothing. If you often feel this kind of heel pain while running make sure to ice the heel immeditely after running, get sufficient rest after running and get regular heel massage.
But if you feel pain and limp after you stop running then you are suffering from a heel injury. If you suspect your case is serious read the post on Heel Injuries from running.
There is a lot of news flying around claiming that running barefoot is better than running on some fancy running shoes. Although am yet to try running barefoot there are many runners out there who swear by barefoot running, at least on grass. Running barefoot on tarmac is a big NO!
Research on Barefoot running
The latest research on barefoot running has been done by a team from Harvard University. The team studied runners from the United States and Kenya as they ran on tracks.
The researchers found that while people run in a variety of ways, most barefoot runners tend to “forefoot strike — land first on the outer ball of the foot before bringing down the heel.
Advantage / Benefit of Barefoot Running
By contrast, more than 75 percent of runners who wear running shoes land on their heels first. The study suggests this is more likely to cause running injury.