Shoe Theory Tested by Barefoot Runner

Shoe Theory Tested by Barefoot Runner

Brendan Mitchell will be participating in the Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest by testing barefoot running for his new book “The Shoe Conspiracy.”

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 podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarrcan 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

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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