What are the Risks Outdoor Running Barefoot or Walking with no Footwear  ? Get advice from Elio’s team of experts on proper athletic footwear.

One of the biggest risks of walking or running barefoot would be related to the dangers a person probably would not imagine when stepping around in footwear. There are hazards such as small pieces of sharp plastic or glass, tiny pebbles, hot and cold surfaces, and thorns. Barefoot in the park or sandy beach means some of the small and often unnoticed hazards can cause major injuries for a walker.  Whether you are tempted to walk barefoot on the sandy beaches of Lakeside Park in Port Dalhouse,  inclined to jog on the shores of Sherkston Beach along Lake Erie, or other recreational areas in Thorod / Niagara, keep safety in mind for foot health.

Additionally, barefoot running can cause increased shock and impact to  a person’s feet and joints. Consider the facts.  Although some say barefoot running can improve gait and lower the degree of overall impact to the body, proper athletic footwear also cushions that shock much more effectively than bare feet. Simply stated, the impact on a runner might be less with bare feet, but the person would absorb a higher degree of that shock compared to activity when using footwear.

Risks Outdoor Running Barefoot

For runners with high arches or flat arches (many people lean one way or the other), barefoot exercise can heighten the risks of developing heel pain, or plantar fasciitis by exerting more strain on the heel and fascia. Running or walking bare foot for extended time can wear down the fatty pad that, while barefoot, is the only support between the hard ground and your fascia, leading to inflammation.  For the bare facts on safety and effective walking or running, see the team of experts at Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre in Downtown Thorold.