Barefoot Running – Not Actually that Great for You

So, it turns out running barefoot has no scientifically proven benefits. Not only that, barefoot running may actually cause you harm.

Vibram has been hit with a $3.75m lawsuit regarding the claims that their barefoot shoe  “reduce[s] foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles.”

However, the American College of Sports Medicine recently released a study that “showed that increases in bone marrow edema [the precursor to a stress fracture] are more common in subjects who were transitioning to the [Vibram FiveFingers]”

The study is specifically about running (aka my relevant sport and why I’m interested) rather than lifting or Crossfit.

My opinion – I bought a pair of Vibrams … because everyone else was doing it. (Weak, I know.) I tried one or two short runs in them, but it always felt uncomfortable due to the high impact. I was afraid I was going to get injured. So, I switched back to my normal shoes – because if it isn’t broke, why fix it? Running in normal shoes felt like being excluded from a cool club – but I guess it was worth it.

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