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zola-budd2Former Olymbic runner for Britain and South Africa, Zola Budd will be entering the Montana Women’s Run. The annual event is there to encourage women to develop healthier lifestyle habits. Budd is notable for crashing into American runner Mary Decker in Los Angeles in the 1984 Olympics.

Budd is a fan of barefoot running, regularly going bare during the summer. Although Budd no longer runs competitively, she still participates in an occasional marathon. Budd’s three children also show interest in running as well, meaning it could well be in the family.

Running barefoot has its pros and cons. For more information about barefoot running, speak to podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can assist you with any of your foot and ankle 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 and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you can get for wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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