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How Will Barefoot Running Affect My Feet?

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Running is one of the best forms of exercise for staying in shape, maintaining weight and improving cardiovascular shape to name just a few benefits. Along with the pros, running does put a lot of stress on your feet and body as a whole. Your feet will strike the ground around 15,000 times during a 10 mile run and the impact on your feet is up to four times your body weight! When discussing going barefoot, it is no wonder there is cause for concern.

Connecticut foot specialist, Dr. Sanjay Patel, helps athletes of all kinds keep their feet in top shape. The barefoot running trend has continued to grow in popularity but if you are still in the consideration stage, keep the following information in mind:

  • Running barefoot reduces the protection on the soles of your feet making them more vulnerable to hard objects and possible puncture wounds
  • Wearing minimalist barefoot shoes increases the strain on your lower extremities. A recent study asked runners to switch to minimalist shoes and slowly increase their mileage over a ten week period. The findings after MRI tests were taken showed that more than half of the participants had bone injuries to their feet. Muscle strain, Achilles tendonitis and metatarsal stress fractures are just a few of the injuries being seen in barefoot runners.
  • Barefoot running on an old foot injury or with a faulty foot structure could compromise the health of your feet long-term.

If you are interested in barefoot running, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an evaluation and advice on whether it is the right choice for your foot health. Dr. Patel has two convenient offices in Milford and Hamden, CT. Call us today

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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