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Barefoot Running Shoes May Cause Foot Injuries

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Use of barefoot running shoes has become popular among people who believe the practice can reverse past injuries related to modern running shoes, and also prevent future injuries.

Exercise enthusiasts, who wear minimalist “barefoot” shoes,” point out that humans ran shoeless for ages, and say it is perfectly natural, according to a The New York Times report. But, when Dr. Douglas Brown started noticing an increase in heel and foot problems among so-called “barefoot” runners, he suspected that the all-natural practice might be causing injuries. Unable to find a study to back up his suspicions, the Orem, Utah, doctor called on Sarah Ridge, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University, to embark on one. The results confirmed what Brown had suspected, according to The Times.

According to the study, published last month in Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise, more than half of the runners wearing Vibram Five Fingers minimalist shoes showed early signs of bone injuries in their feet, including abnormal levels of bone marrow edema. Two even suffered from stress fractures. Nearly all of the minimalist runners were running shorter distances by the end of the 10-week study, “probably because their feet hurt,” said Brown, who noted that barefoot running may have been natural to our ancestors, but it’s a new experience for most of us, The Times reported. disclaimer: This article: Barefoot Running Shoes May Cause Foot Injuries was posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 7:28 pm at and is filed under Misleading Information Lawsuits, Other Lawsuits, Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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