I started transitioning to vibrams and forefoot running back in febuary. I'll try to keep this breif but any advice would be great. I run a lot 50-70 miles a week. But was always a heal striker sick of getting hip pain I decided to give the forefoot running a try. Low and be hold almost all my pains vanished.
BUT I got a lot of other problems instead...
Easing into the vibrams I battled the sore calves and got through that. I also had blisters on top of blisters from these things. and I was also getting them in other running shoes newtons altras etc.. I never had blister problems ever when i heal striked so this was all new to me.
I figured out that 2 out of the 3 pairs of vibrams I owned had the seem issue in the big toe that was running m toe and causing the blister on the side of my toe. Fix? I washed them wore socks and used baby powder also built up quite a callus and dont get that blister anymore. But I now get one underneath my big toe.
The Bakila EVO underneath my second toe I end up with pain almost like I had run on a soft rock the entire run. I believe it due to the the way the sole is As I dont get this issue in the KSO's Or in the Seeya LS that I own. I also get the under the big toe blister.
The SeeYA LS was great but I only ran about 12 miles in those till they where to tight on my left foot and left me just about unable to walk. I've dealt with crippling pain in my left foot ever since (back in feb this started) and its just now getting better to where i'm not afraid to try the vibrams again. I believe it is some kind of tendonitis. SO i'm still terrified to put these back on tho I am pondering them with no socks or a thin sock.
The KSO's seem great but gave me nice new blisters today.
All in all I have about 60 miles logged in the vibrams Initially I felt i was starting to win the battle and really enjoy them till the SeeYa LS put me down for months. (tho i still some how managed to run very painfully in regular shoes).
I wear injinji socks and powder and Do love vibrams when they are working out for me even when they leave me with blisters I still feel I enjoyed the ride and was worth the blister.
Regular 0 drop shoes I've tried newtons too tight int he toe box I feel tho a larger size might work out. Altras totally hate them I have owned 3 diff pairs and every single pair was just down right awful and i had to stop wearing them due to pain in vaiours areas.
Any advice or do I need to just ride this out and it will get better as my feet adapt?