A study has found that running barefoot reduces stresses on your feet. Utilizing high-speed video and special scales, researchers found that runners in shoes and barefoot runners land on different parts of the foot. Barefoot runners land towards the front of the foot while runners with shoes land on their heels. Landing on the front of the foot produces very little stress compared to landing on the heel. One evolutionary biologist was unsurprised given that humans have evolved to not need shoes. However, it will likely take some time for most people to toughen up the bottoms of their feet to be comfortable running barefoot.
Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Jordan Rachlin from Monroe Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle 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, ankles and 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.
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