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Old 03-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Barefoot running bad for the bones?

Any of you been barefoot running for a while with no problems?



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A study found that runners using minimalist shoes like Vibram FiveFingers experienced more bone bruising than runners in traditional shoes.



Switching from traditional running shoes to increasingly popular minimalist ones? You may want to take it slow and give your bones a rest.

Researchers studied minimalist running shoes and found they could add significant stress to the bones in runners' feet.

A study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise analyzed runners’ feet before and after a 10-week transition period from traditional to minimalist running shoes.

Minimalist shoes, such as Vibram FiveFingers, are becoming an increasingly popular choice for runners. Some believe the shoes can enhance running performance, while others claim they promote a more "natural" stride because they are not as padded as traditional running shoes.

Related: Double down: Should you run twice a day?

But the benefits may come with a cost.

The study looked at 36 experienced, recreational runners. The participants got an MRI at the start of the study. Then 17 continued running in traditional shoes, while 19 gradually transitioned to FiveFinger shoes. After 10 weeks, the runners got another MRI, and the researchers rated the severity of bone marrow edema, or bone bruising, in the participants' feet.

"The post-training MRI scores showed that more subjects in the Vibram group (10 of 19) showed increases in bone marrow edema in at least one bone after the 10 weeks of running than in the control group," the researchers said.

The study recommends that anyone determined to switch to minimalist shoes "transition very slowly and gradually in order to avoid potential stress injury in the foot."

Vibram says on its website that running in FiveFingers "can make us healthier, happier, and more connected to our bodies."

However, the company also cautions that switching to its minimalist shoes takes time and that users should "listen" to their feet during the process, stopping if they feel any pain. The company also offers guidance on the proper "technique" for running in barefoot shoes.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Barefoot running bad for the bones?

It's not bad for your bones, it simply takes your bones a while to get used to. The article states this.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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If anything, it's bad to the bones......be-Bbbb-Bbbb-aaaaaaa-dddddd
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Running on grass barefooted is really good. At least thats what my mamma said...
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Barefoot running bad for the bones?

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Running on grass barefooted is really good. At least thats what my mamma said...

Actually this is really good. That's what my track used to make us do, running on grass barefoot after training.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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Actually this is really good. That's what my track used to make us do, running on grass barefoot after training.
I use to run barefoot on the grass when I was the kid and i was the best. When I tried running on the asphalt man (with shoes) I ended up with a fascitiis plant related injury.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:05 PM   #7
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Default Re: Barefoot running bad for the bones?

I used to run barefoot somewhat regularly for 1-2 miles at a time. I have recently, over the past 3 weeks, started running barefoot again. So far I have been running for 20-30 minutes at a time barefoot on an indoor track. I use my fivefingers for outdoor runs, but may try some barefoot runs outside once it gets warmer.

When it comes to barefoot running, there is one truth that most runners will agree on: It teaches you how to run properly, with good form. This includes keeping your back straight and taking short quick strides while landing on your forefoot. This does not mean you "run on your tippy toes", the whole foot touches the ground with each stride, but the heel should be touching last.

If you can hear someone running from a distance on the road or a treadmill it is safe to say they are running with poor form. I love running past people without them ever hearing me

As already stated, if one is interested in strengthening their feet, legs and body through barefoot/minimalist running it is very important to take it slow.

For most of us our feet have been kept in "foot coffins" for our whole lives.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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Default Re: Barefoot running bad for the bones?

You want to strengthen your feet first and not just switch directly to vibram type shoes. Eventually running barefoot, you will develop calasis and your feet will be strong as hell. Start on grass first, or astroturf.
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Default Re: Barefoot running bad for the bones?

Y'all talk about having strong feet is like having a big **** or really strong grip strength. Things that apply to the real world.

Having durable feet benefits you so little.
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Default Re: Barefoot running bad for the bones?

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You want to strengthen your feet first and not just switch directly to vibram type shoes. Eventually running barefoot, you will develop calasis and your feet will be strong as hell. Start on grass first, or astroturf.

I used to think this was a good idea as well. It appears that many barefoot/minimalist experts recommend starting on a harder suface. The reason for this being that running on grass or sand is too easy on the feet, so someone new to barefoot running may learn improper/poor form.

If you start on a hard surface you will have no choice but to run with good form, everything else will be painful. You can then "treat" your feet to the dessert of running on grass or sand.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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Y'all talk about having strong feet is like having a big **** or really strong grip strength. Things that apply to the real world.

Having durable feet benefits you so little.



If you are a human being that excerices at all then having stronger feet is beneficial. And we are not just talking about feet, barefoot running can strengthen your ENTIRE BODY.
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Only pvssies worry about their bones.
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Only pvssies worry about their bones.


For some reason, this is the only post in the entire thread that had me
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You want to strengthen your feet first and not just switch directly to vibram type shoes. Eventually running barefoot, you will develop calasis and your feet will be strong as hell. Start on grass first, or astroturf.

Holy Sheet. You fukked up big time.
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