Vilbar Vega is the new Guinness World Record holder for “Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year.” However, he didn’t just earn the title for his own satisfaction. He also used his attempt at the record to drum up publicity and funds for the charity organization Soles4Souls.

The goal of Soles4Souls is to raise awareness of the millions of children in the world who don’t have enough money to buy shoes, an amenity most people take for granted. Vega hopes to keep providing assistance to this charity through his next campaign, which is to run barefoot marathons in all 50 U.S. states.

Getting into barefoot running can seem like a daunting task, but according to many avid followers of this sport, the effort is worth it. If you would like to learn more about barefoot running, visit podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you about the risks and benefits involved with running without shoes on and help you decide if you would like to make the transition.  

Barefoot Running

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. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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