Parents who often worry about their children going barefoot outside don’t have to worry anymore. The cause of injury to those who are barefoot is low, unless you are located in the city where pathwalks may have sharp objects, or plan to walk on unsafe and unflat surfaces. Skin is also designed to keep out any germs and bacteria, so the risk of being contracting infection through going barefoot is also low. Going barefoot helps stimulate the feet and strengthen the lower legs while also enhancing the sense of balance and being in tune with a natural background.
Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, see one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.
The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.
The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.
So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.