Runners Go Bare in Awareness for Orphans
Adam Traczek is one of many participants going for a run at the Barefoot Run for Buckner International’s Shoes for Orphan Souls. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness for orphaned children, using the donated proceeds to provide them with brand new footwear. Twenty percent of the runners, including Traczek, will be competing at the event without shoes.
Each runner involved in the event is partnered with a specific child involved in the program. “Participants aren’t just running for a time, they’re running for a child,” said Laurie Ann Hanson of Buckner International. All proceeds from the event will go to providing shoes to children in need.
Barefoot running can be a difficult transition from traditional running. If you would like more guidance and more information, see podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will provide you with up-to-date foot and ankle information and treatment.
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.
-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.
If you have any questions, please contact our office, located in in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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