Barefoot Provides Physical and Psychological Benefits

The 1960 Olympic marathon winner competed barefoot.  He was an Ethiopian athlete who had trained without shoes and went to the Olympics as a last minute alternative.  The company providing shoes to Olympic athletes was at the end of its selection and didn’t have anything left with a comfortable fit, so Abebe Bikila ran and won without them.

Shoes have been known to alter the body’s natural posture and foot mechanics, which can have damaging effects.  According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, shoes also prevent the absorption of helpful electrons from the soil.  These elections act like antioxidants and can ease the inflammation caused by a range of conditions.

Psychologists have also been encouraging barefoot practices.  Feeling the earth beneath exposed feet has been suggested to promote a detachment from emotional pain, because it diverts attention from internal turmoil onto the external world.

To determine whether barefoot is right for you, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin F. Sunshein, DPM of Sunshein Podiatry Associates. Dr. Sunshein will answer all of your questions and care for all of your podiatric concerns.

Barefoot Running

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

-Landing on the front of the feet while running reduces the impact on the feet and ankles, which lessens the risk of stress injuries.
-Muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs are strengthened.
-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, resulting in scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Centerville, OH.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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