I have been running barefoot or in Luna Sandals for over two years. I started slowly and have been able to make the transition from Hokas to Altras and then to bare/sandals fairly easily, and even completed a 50k trail run wearing Luna Sandals in May of 2018. In October of 2018 I started feeling a sharp stabbing pain in the back of my right heel when I ran. At first it was not too bad and I was able to keep running, but eventually it got so bad that I had to stop running completely and had trouble even walking. I finally went to an orthopedic doctor who told me I had insertional achilles tendinitis. He offered to refer me to a sports medicine doctor but I wanted to wait and see if it would heal on its own if I didn't run. Fast forward to January of 2019 and it is still not healed. It is a little better as I can run short distances barefoot with minor discomfort. I am hesitant to spend money to visit a specialist who could just end up telling me I need to go back to Hokas, or to purchase $300.00 orthotics. So my questions are these: Has anyone had similar injuries and how did they cope? Does anyone know of a doctor in the KCMO area that would support minimalist running? I am sorry for the rambling post but I am desperate. I just want to be able to run pain free...that's why I started running barefoot in the first place. Thanks in advance!