Barefoot Runner Puts His Feet to the Test in 10km Event
posted: May 16, 2013.
Marathon runner Brendan Mitchell was granted special consent to run barefoot in the Noosas Ultimate Sports Fest 10km event. In Mitchell’s book, “The Shoe Conspiracy”, the runner tries to discover if shoes are necessary for when you run.
Film Students from the Queensland School of Technology have teamed up with Mitchell to put this theory to the test. “I just want people to sort of realize we can’t take everything at face value because a shoe salesman says you need a $500 pair of shoes, said 19-year-old Mitchell.” After running the event, Mitchell said his feet felt okay and was not complaining of any injuries.
Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a chiropodist like Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. Dr. Hardy 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.
Barefoot Running Impact
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running
-Running barefoot requires landing be done on the front part of the feet as opposed to the heel
Barefoot Running Advantages
-Running and landing on the front feet reduces the impact on the knees and ankles
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved
-Greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.
Barefoot Running Disadvantages
-No protection while running, resulting in cuts and bruises if the runner lands on something sharp.
-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 contact our office in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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