Comment from: Jacob Morrison [Visitor]
Jacob Morrison

I was present for this. Had several clients run this on a sprinkling morning.
good to see Port Angeles on the map :-)

08/24/10 @ 10:18
Comment from: Dallas [Visitor]
Dallas

I had almost the same scenario. I had really bad knee tendinitis and my PT guy recommended custom orthotics. I got them and they gave me significant pain in my right foot. I have since switched between various types of VFFs and regular shoes and now do 95% of my running in Bikilas. Planning on doing two marathons in them this Fall. After being out 9 months with tendinitis and missing time from orthotic pain I am pain free now for over a year.

08/24/10 @ 10:23
Comment from: Nate [Visitor]
Nate

Good for you Joe! I wore shoes for 30 years and orthodics for 15 of them. It was all when I was looking to see if I could ditch the orthodics that I happened on foot biomechanics, barefoot walking/running, VFFs and Birthdayshoes ... the rest is history:)

I now own two pairs of VFFs and seldom wear 'normal' shoes. Next step is to start getting back in shape and running in them.

Great story :)

08/24/10 @ 10:29
Comment from: Jason Gibson [Visitor]
Jason Gibson

I have been running in VFF's since February. My first pair was the KSO then I jumped on getting the Bikilas. Once I started building my mileage up to the 5 mile mark, I started getting pain in my foot. Just went to the doc and he diagnosed me with a neuroma. He also gave me some orthotics to wear with my Nike Free Runs. The last two runs with the orthotics we totally pain free. I would love to continue running in my Bikilas but not at the cost of only being able to run no more than 5 miles. Plus be in pain at the end of my run. Still I hope I can eventually get back to running in my Bikilas. We will see.

08/24/10 @ 23:18
Comment from: Rav Strom [Visitor]
Rav Strom

Jason Gibson,
If that pain in the foot is on the top of your foot you may be running too much on your toes than midfoot.

08/25/10 @ 00:54
Comment from: Rigen [Visitor]
Rigen

I have flexible flat feet and it does not seem to matter what I run it. I've tried 3 pairs of orthotics, one made especially for athletes, and ran in those for 2 years. Ran a 1:20 half with heavy pronator shoes but was sick of having leg pain. Specifically, shin splints, pain on the interior shin about two inches right above my ankles, was excruciating. A PT said it was the tendon ripping away from the fascia.

I then started to run in KSOs about two years ago. I started slowly. Though I still have problems with pain. With five finger running the area of inflammation is more around the ankle less on the shin. I still can't run longer than a few miles without developing pain.

Would like to hear from other people who were born with flexible flat feet and see what their experiences have been.

08/26/10 @ 12:18
Comment from: Cathy [Visitor]  
Cathy

This week my rheumatologist gave me a referral to a podiatrist for an orthodic. I have been wearing the Five Fingers I received for Christmas around the house and love them. Unlike my "best" shoes, my feet don't hurt in these. I hope to wear them more often when the temps here in Chicago warm up. I am hopeful they will feel good on my feet for long walks and hikes with the dog. However, what do people wear on their feet for regular day to day stuff if boycotting the othodics?

02/04/11 @ 11:02
Comment from: Tonya [Visitor]
Tonya

I was in a major car accident which resulted in a crushed heel and later a joint fusion. The joint fusion reduced my pain dramatically. After that, I wore an orthotic with little success for many years. I would often have cramps that started in the ball of my foot and extended/distended my toes and then go all the way up past my knee. Nothing seemed to help the cramping until I recently discovered VFFs and got a pair of Bikilas. The cramps have disappeared and I've even been able to start jogging - something drs said I'd never be able to do.

09/10/11 @ 00:35