Barefoot Runners Get Frowned Upon In Health and Fitness Centers
59 year old Detroit dentist, Dr. Alan Adler, believes that running without shoes on the treadmill as well as in other public domains is beneficial to his exercise regimen and prefers to do so in health and fitness centers. According to Editor Anjali Athavaley, several health clubs prohibit members from barefoot running as part of their standard health and safety precautions.
Jason Carrell, the operator, of gym Fitness 19, says “If someone were to drop a weight on their toe, and they don’t have their shoe on, their toe is going to explode”. Many fellow patrons who prefer wearing shoes also find the act to be distasteful. “It was just a big, hairy dude with his big, hairy feet, clomping along beside me. I just felt like that was an unnecessarily excessive human skin transfer” commented Hanna Brooks Olsen in regards to watching a fellow gym member run on the treadmill without shoes.
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. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. can adviseyou on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.
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.
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