Although thousands of runners come out each year to support and participate in the Boston Marathon, one particular runner from India ran the entire 26.2 miles barefoot. Although many people believe running the entire marathon without shoes is absolutely insane, this particular runner completed it with ease. The runner stated to a spectator who then put his image on social media stating the run was, “an incredible experience.” Luckily the weather was damp and cool the day of the marathon to keep his feet from burning on hot pavement.

Barefoot running, although increasingly popular is not for everyone. For more information on barefoot running, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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