Vilbar Vega earned the nickname “the Barefoot Bandito” from his hobby of running marathons without any shoes on. Eventually he decided to use his favorite pastime to solicit donations for Soles4Souls, a charity designed to help the millions of children in the world who are to impoverished to be able to afford footwear.

Vega knew that he had to do something spectacular if he wanted to raise a lot of money, so he vowed that he would break the world record for “Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year.” As of earlier this month the record is his, along with the title of first person to ever complete 50 full length marathons while barefoot.

Barefoot running can be harder for some people than it is for others. For advice about how to keep your feet healthy while running without shoes on, consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will tell everything you need to know about the risks involved with barefoot running and answer any questions you might have.

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

-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.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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