Hi Docs, I am new to this forum and the main reason I joined was to gain as much info as I can about barefoot running. I had just started getting into long distance shod running when I had a partial tear in my post tib on my right foot from playing basketball. I have always had flexible flat feet but now my podiatrist thinks its time to get the orthotics and said that "you're just not gonna be a barefoot guy." As in, I shouldn't even walk barefoot. Now this is all terrible news because prior to the injury I had just finished Born to Run and started a little barefoot running and was loving it. My question is, is it even reasonable for me to attempt to start running barefoot once my tendon heals up? I'm afriad if I go down the orthotics route I will just end up getting worse and have to get surgery. But then I am nervous to start after what my podiotrist said. Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated. I want to join the barefoot world but just want to make sure that it's a smart move. Thanks.