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« on: June 08, 2011, 11:42:03 AM »

Hello All,

Let me first start by saying hello and thanking all of you for any advice you may provide....

I have been an athlete all my life, mostly sports that involved sprinting but decided to do the distance running thing last summer and compelted my first half-marathon in October 2010.  During my training I started to notice some pain in my feet so I got it checked out and the specialist said that I was beginning to develope tendonitis and that I needed to rest and do some form of physical therapy. Needless to say, here I am still struggling with a swollen achillies and foot pain.  I am what the people at the running store call a "clydesdale"....I am 6'6'', 250lbs so I understand that there are going to be aches and pains when there is that much weight on my feet; however, I have been active my entire life and never had any issues.  I currently run in Brooks (not sure the model), and they are designed to help correct my terrible running form.  Like most basketball players I hit hard on the outside of my feet and roll in.  I have been reading about VFF's for about a year and have heard nothing but good things and I was curious as to what you all had to say.

Do you think they would help me get over my achilles pain?
Do you think they are a good fit for someone of my stature?
I wear a size 14 running shoe, do they make VFF's that large (I know the sizing is different)?
Which model would you suggest for road running, with the occasional treadmill (during bad weather)?


Sorry for such a long post, but I figured it would be easier for you all to provide assistance if you had some background info.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 08:23:41 AM »

Nearly a week and not one reply?

Seems like a pretty welcoming forum.......
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 08:47:17 AM »

Hahah, it may have been on of the very few intos that slipped through the cracks. Normally there is at least an admin somewhere to say hello to you. Tongue

Which half marathon are you wanting to do?

Rest is the main thing to help you get over your achilles pain. Unfortunately I do not think they make VFFs that large. I think the biggest size is a 48 which fits a foot just over 12". If you could find one in your size it would be a KSO or Bikila. However, I think with your size of foot, you should look into a different minimalist running shoe. Such as, viviobarefoot, luna sandal, New Balance minimus, and merrell trail/tough glove, these are just some of the types that you can find when looking for a minimalist shoe. You will need to transition slowly and could be your time while recovering. I have some tables when recovering from an injury. I will have to find them and then I will repost on here with a decent walk/run plan for recovery.

Wish you the best of luck.
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 01:00:04 PM »

I wear a 13 and the Bikila LS in 47 is too big for me.  Too bad, as they were only $20 at the REI attic sale last weekend!

I'd give them a try in person if you could.

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011, 03:41:43 AM »

Did u visit any physical therapist because they can give u the professional advise too only they can help u out from this problem but 1 thing i want to mention here u must have to choose the best physical therapist in the area.......
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011, 09:17:00 PM »

I wear a size 14 in running shoes and the size 47 Vibrams fit me perfectly in the kso and komodo sports, so I would guess that they will work for you too!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 02:28:37 PM »

I've been wearing my VFFs for about six weeks now and am in love with them.

It dawned on me today that the hard, horny calluses I've had on my heels for years now are very nearly gone, as well as ones alongside my big toes.  My long time back pain is nearly gone, and it's nice to walk and not end up with aching arches and knees.

I wear them at every opportunity, and don't see myself ever going back to standard athletic footwear.

Welcome to the board!
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