In the summer months, many of us love to take off our shoes and feel the earth under our feet.
Recently, I have noticed a trend in a segment of runners who promote running with bare feet.
Known as natural or minimalist running.
This is a highly debatable topic in the foot health and foot care industry.
Advocates believe that running without shoes or with a minimalist running shoe allows our feet to function as they have been designed by nature and evolution.
One of the main reasons for this is that barefoot running causes the foot to first come down on the midfoot or forefoot and avoid heel striking.
Which is what happens with most running shoes.
This gives barefoot runners the benefit of the shock being absorbed by a larger area of the foot rather than the heel taking on two to three times the weight of the body with each step.
Not only is this less stressful for the heel, but the impact is also lessened on the knees and hips.
Currently, there doesn’t seem to be enough evidence either for OR against this form of running.
Some report finding relief for chronic injuries and others feel it is unsafe to run with unprotected feet.
One thing we know for sure is that it is most definitely NOT safe for those with Diabetes!
Is, to leave their feet uncovered while running.
Those with Diabetes may experience poor circulation, neuropathy, and ulcers or infections in their feet.
Loss of sensation in the feet can be especially dangerous because if one were to run outdoors with unprotected feet, they may not be aware of any cuts, burns, blisters, or other injuries they sustain while running.
Diabetics also generally have a slower healing process, meaning that any injuries sustained may take longer to heal, and can become deadly if left infected and untreated.
If you have Diabetes, be sure to wear supportive and corrected footwear when running.
You want to be sure your shoes feature a high, wide to box, supportive arches, and a cushioned heel for optimum comfort.
Be sure your shoes don’t pinch or rub your feet, which causes a potential for blisters or cuts.
Yours in Good Health,
Trina Kincey ~ Integrative Health Coach ~ Owner of getting Real Wellness, LLC
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Fortunately, most of these foot injuries can be prevented!
By paying proper attention to foot care, and by wearing diabetic shoes.