Milwaukee Foot & Ankle - October 2017


In the past few years, we’ve noticed an increasing trend in patient curiosity about barefoot running and minimalist shoes. While minimalist running has become a fad in recent years, it’s nothing new to the world of podiatry. The question is, is minimalist running healthy for your feet?

structure of your foot, the sturdiness of your arches, the type of surfaces you’ll be running on, whether you experience joint or knee pain, and whether or not you’re an elite athlete. For any patient with regular joint or knee pain, we recommend sticking to quality running shoes. When running on pavement or other hard surfaces, a lack of shoes will increase the stress of each impact to your knees and joints. Many podiatrists report an increase in stress fractures and Achilles tendon injuries when patients take up barefoot running — not to mention the risk of slicing your foot on a stray piece of sharp debris. Barefoot running among elite athletes is an old concept. It’s never been uncommon for skilled runners to train without shoes for short periods of times to strengthen and train their feet. However, it’s important to keep in mind that barefoot running for training purposes is often practiced under the supervision of trained professionals and takes place in a controlled environment.

Frankly, it’s difficult to offer a blanket statement on the matter, because each person’s physical abilities and podiatric needs are unique. It depends on the

Instead of ditching your shoes, consider getting a new pair better suited to your specific feet. If you need suggestions, consult the experts at Milwaukee Foot and Ankle!


Sausage and Barley Soup It’s a great time of year to warm up with a cup of soup, and this comforting dish is guilt-free and comes together in a flash.


• 1 (141/2-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped • 1/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach

• Cooking spray • 6 ounces turkey breakfast sausage • 21/2 cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry (such as Birds Eye) • 2 cups water


and barley to sausage in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts.


Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. While sausage cooks, place stir-fry and 2 cups water in a blender; process until smooth. Add stir-fry puree, tomatoes,


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