61-year-old runner Jan Hetherington has been running barefoot for three years, one of many runners who decided to leave their shoes at home, and opt-in barefoot running. “It’s the feeling of being barefoot and having your feet on the ground and that real connection to the ground and the feeling that goes through the whole body,” says Hetherington.
Studies have shown the average-shoed runner lands on his or her heel, while a barefoot or minimal-shoe runner lands on their mid-foot. “I do strongly believe this is one of the reasons people get running injuries-forces going through the body the wrong way,”
Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a podiatrist like Dr. David Lambarski of North East Foot Care, LLC. Dr. Lambarski can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.
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.
– The 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.
– The possibility of plantar fascia problems.
– The risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Amsterdam, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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