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5 Barefoot Is Best Health News Today , some people are putting away their sports shoes and running barefoot . Chris McDougall is one of them . In his book Born to Run , he writes about the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico . They can run hundreds of kilometers – and they don’t wear shoes ! A group of scientists studied the bones of people who lived 2 , 000 years ago . They discovered that these “ old feet” were in better shape than the feet of people living today ! This shows that people had healthier feet before they started wearing shoes . Additional studies show that children’s feet are healthier when they walk barefoot . Their toes grow straight and their feet are stronger . When we walk barefoot , we feel the ground more easily . This gives us better balance . It also makes the blood flow more quickly to our hearts . So , are you thinking of throwing out your sports shoes ? Before you do , read the questions and answers below . Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs ) Question : Are all shoes bad for your feet ? Answer : No . Shoes protect our feet , but they also make the muscles lazy and weak . High heels and tight shoes are bad for our feet . Question : Should we go barefoot all the time ? Answer : No , but spend some time each day without shoes . Walk barefoot at home , on grass or on the beach . Question : Should we run barefoot outside ? Answer : Yes , but you should wear something to protect your feet from sharp stones , glass and metal . One company has made a thin shoe that is perfect for running . This shoe is like a glove ; it’s got a place for each toe . The shoes let your feet and toes move freely and protect them at the same time .

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