Barefoot: Healthy For Your Feet And Back

Barefoot: healthy for your feet and back

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Back to the origins: Regular barefoot running has many health benefits

Walking barefoot is the most natural way of moving - it loads the foot exactly as our musculoskeletal system intended.
From an orthopaedic point of view, walking barefoot is basically the most effective form of movement. The marathon runner Abebe Bikila also proved this at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960: he ran the full distance with bare feet because his shoes had previously given up and won the gold medal in a world record time.

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Apart from the fact that it can help us achieve top performance, walking barefoot prevents misaligned feet. In addition, it forces us to walk upright and level out unevenness in the ground with the right movement. This strengthens the active muscles in the foot and promotes healthy arching of the foot. In addition, shocks are automatically cushioned more gently than with bulky footwear, through the sole of which you can no longer feel anything - a beneficial relief for the intervertebral discs.

Optimal ventilation

In addition, running without shoes should also prevent varicose veins and venous disorders: Since feet and legs have to work more compensatory and the movement is not hindered by tight shoes, the toe and calf muscles work at full speed. The blood circulation in feet and legs is stimulated, the blood vessels are relieved and the development of varicose veins or thrombosis is prevented.

walking barefoot


Another advantage is the optimal ventilation. No matter how breathable it is, no material can so effectively prevent sweat and unpleasant odors. People with mild sweating problems as well as those with already pathological hyperhidrosis are recommended to spend as much time as possible barefoot in their free time and at home.

The right surface makes it healthy

As is so often the case, however, there is one exception: When walking barefoot, there is an increased risk of injury, especially on pointed stone gravel paths, angular rock surfaces or carelessly discarded cans and broken glass on the way. Make sure that you take your barefoot walk on non-hazardous surfaces - otherwise there is a risk of cuts on the soles of the feet or ankle injuries from twisting ankles. On the other hand, grass, sand, synthetic running tracks or clean, even paths and streets are ideal.

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  1. I love walking barefoot on sand, especially on evenings and on on the marble floor. It is so comforting and refreshing. But I had no idea that it had all these benefits, good to know!

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  2. Uma publicação extremamente interessante!
    Em tempo de Verão, adoro andar pela praia! é dos melhores exercícios para as pernas, que se podem fazer...
    Este ano, não tive oportunidade, por estarmos em tempo de pandemia... mas para o ano, quero ver se retomo as minhas idas à praia... e estadias junto ao mar! Este ano, fez-me imensa falta, particularmente, num ano bem desgastante, como o que atravessamos!...
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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