The 2nd Annual Naked Foot 5k Race & Multisport Challenge finds itself in Austin this weekend. The event kicks off tomorrow morning at The Quarries. Including paddle boarding, the naked 5k race, obstacle courses, music and kid’s games, the fest has something for the whole family. While the Naked Foot 5K is focused on minimalist shoes or barefoot running, shod runners are welcome to participate. Unless you have trained for sometime or are a frequent barefoot runner, we here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists recommend running in some form of footwear.
We have discussed barefoot running in our blog several times over the last few years. While there is a plethora of individuals who promote the benefits of running without shoes, the results have varied for many runners. Since the publication of ‘Born to Run’ in 2009, there has been of a surge in runners attempting to do it over the past three years and an increase in the number of injuries we see as foot specialists. This book took barefoot running out of the elite runners training armory and dispersed it to the masses. Unfortunately, no two feet are exactly alike and what may work for some may cause problem for others. There are a number of common running injuries that can affect shoed and barefoot runners alike.
While not unique to barefoot runners, injuries such as stress fracture, foreign body injury and tendonitis are frequently seen. Getting something stuck in your foot, aka a foreign body, is hard to avoid without the protection shoes offer and needs to be treated immediately. Stress fractures and tendonitis are not as immediate, but sooner intervention means getting healthy sooner. Your Austin podiatrist spent many years in medical school and post graduate training studying the intricacies of the foot structure and correcting problems like this. We urge anyone, barefoot or shoed runner, who experiences persistent post running pain to make a visit to our office on Bee Cave Road Suite 202. Hopefully, whatever activities you have planned for the weekend don’t involve injury, but know we are here for you if your do!
Until next time, keep your feet happy and healthy Austin!