zola-buddThe annually-held Montana Women’s Run, an event that spurs women to exercise and adopt healthy lifestyles, will be featuring former British and South African Olympic competitor Zola Budd this year. Budd is well-known for her Olympic crash into American runner Mary Decker in Los Angeles of 1984.

Budd is a noted barefoot runner who specifically trains barefoot during the summer when the weather is warm. Despite no longer being a competitive runner, Budd still participates in marathons in her hometown in South Africa. The running legacy continues on in Budd’s family; her three children are running enthusiasts as well.

Barefoot running is a practice that has many facets, both beneficial and non-beneficial. If you would like more information or assistance with your foot concerns contact podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, D.P.M. of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti can answer any of your podiatric inquiries.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you can get for wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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