Comment from: Cody R. [Visitor]
Cody R.

in other kidding...

03/15/13 @ 18:55
Comment from: Jeepman [Visitor]

Thank you Dr. Cucuzzella. I could have not said it better. The best way to describe that article is junk science.

03/15/13 @ 20:17
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]

I don't necessarily agree with the RW guest comment. It depends on what you're trying to show. If the study is trying to show risk of injury for a person starting running in a particular type of foot ware, then sure. If the goal is to show risk of injury during transition to minimal, then the study done is the correct one. A third design would be experienced minimal runners as compared to experienced shod runners. All three designs are perfectly valid - just to show different things.

Also, I asked a radiologist I know about edema and whether it could be seen as showing a training stimulus. She didn't think so. Edema is pretty much an indicator of injury. So comparisons to something like muscle adaptation (tear down and rebuild) are not accurate - at least according to this one doctor.

03/15/13 @ 21:15
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]

Sounds like a very good assessment of the study.

I'd only been running off and on for about a year or two when I decided to make the transition.

I then went about it very slowly over about two years. I only had an issue when I ignored pain and continued running once.

Now I'm up to about 20 miles a week in Merrell trail gloves.

03/16/13 @ 14:10
Comment from: Heather [Visitor]

As a scientist, I'm amazed that the researchers put this much time and effort into a poorly structured study. Whilst I've only been able to get the journal abstract (the full length article is not available at my university), this article seems pitched as a 'let's test if barefoot running is safe' article rather than 'let's see how people whole are used to running in Nike's transition to Vibram's with absolutely no guidance on the form, stride, and other changes required in barefoot running' study that it seems to be. Has anyone accessed the full length article? Did they give any guidance about barefoot running? Did they look at form in their test subjects?

03/18/13 @ 01:41
Comment from: steve28 [Visitor]

A study show that, without life jacket, most toddlers will lost their life in a swimming pool. So swimming without life jacket is very bad (sarcasm).

03/18/13 @ 19:00
Comment from: Lea Ann Overton [Visitor]
Lea Ann Overton

I was thrilled to see a study on this, and even more elated when I saw the author! That's my doctor- small world- super guy!

03/19/13 @ 10:42
Comment from: [Member]

I'd be more interested to see what the long term effects of barefoot or minimalist running are. It should be indisputable that there is definitely a growing pain associated with transition time and that transition time probably varies widely from runner to runner. What I'm interested in knowing is what happens to the bones, ligaments, and fascia over many, many years of running; in particular to those who run relatively high mileage that exceeds the recreational runner. As you can read in my own testimonial on this site (, I had my own structural breakdown with the plantar fascia insertion point in my calcaneous. Basically after years and years of running I developed severe heel spur in my foot that eventually fractured at the plantar fascia insertion point. I wonder if barefoot or minimalist runners (anybody who doesn't run with some sort of arch support) who run significantly high mileage are somehow at higher risk of this sort of end game injury down the road. I can't see how they wouldn't be if your plantar fascia is working so hard for so long... As for me I'll stick to wearing arch supports though in low or no-drop shoes with ample toe room; the two aspects of the minimalist movement I DO agree with.

03/19/13 @ 15:41
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]

One had a heel stress fx....

No one should be heel striking in barefoot shoes.

Why was their strike (mid foot vs heel) not mentioned nor controlled?

03/24/13 @ 18:09
Comment from: Fox [Visitor]

I definitely agree that you need to take time building up your distance in these shoes. I had worn them almost constantly for two years before running in them, and I had no problems until running. Then I got a stress fracture that led to 3 fractures.

The fracture started when I connected with a rock in between the toe pocket of the big toe and second toe. Hit right at that joint and cracked underneath. I still can't wear five fingers as the pockets just don't feel good on the toe anymore.

Maybe vibram could do a model that has the same bottoms etc and same shape of a foot...but fuse the pockets . Then the space between the toes wouldn't be exposed and we would still have splay room.

04/04/13 @ 10:55
Comment from: Patricia [Visitor]  

I am not a runner, for sure. I'm lucky I can walk, actually. I am 72 years old and have been fighting with plantar fasciitis for almost a year. I recently got a book with a six-week healing program to try. It says I should wear minimalist or barefoot shoes and change the way I walk. This is very strange to me, since I have had foot problems for many years and was always told never to go barefoot and to wear shoes with lots of support. The problem is I have a narrow foot and cannot find much in the way of "barefoot footwear" that comes in a narrow size. Anyone out there know of any?

04/23/14 @ 09:40

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