Eddie Vilbar Vega, “the Barefoot Bandito,” is a prolific barefoot marathon runner who decided one day to use his hobby to contribute to a good cause. He partnered with Soles4Souls, a philanthropic organization designed to assist children who can’t afford to buy necessities like shoes, and pledged to break the world record for “Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year” to increase the amount of funds he raised for them.
Vega became the title holder for the record early in July of this year, and also became the first person to complete 50 marathons fully barefoot. His next goal is to run races without shoes in all 50 U.S. states.
Anyone can become a “Barefoot Bandito” if they work hard enough and take the right precautions. For professional help with becoming a barefoot runner, contact podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jiménez will guide you through the transition to shoeless running to make sure that you don’t hurt yourself in the process.
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.
So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance.
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