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http://i4.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article7182886.ece/alternates/s615/JS30177381JPG.jpg47-year-old Lynne Allbutt first became a barefoot running enthusiast several  years ago after completing a London marathon without any shoes. Allbutt’s goal for this year is to complete a barefoot run across the country of Wales.  

Allbutt prepares for this endeavor by partaking in an self-made training regimen that includes running up a mountain after work every evening. “I’m always looking for something different to do,” Allbutt said. “I like running and being barefoot and I love Wales, so obviously it seemed like the ideal way to combine my greatest loves in life.”

Barefoot running is optional but requires consideration. If you are thinking about switching to barefoot running, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can provide a professional opinion and more for your podiatric needs.  

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 to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

For more information about Barefoot Running, follow the link below.

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