07 Mar '13, 4pm

Take It Slow With Barefoot Sneakers, You May be Doing More Harm Than Good

Take It Slow With Barefoot Sneakers, You May be Doing More Harm Than Good

Many runners are switching to barefoot shoes from companies such as Vibram or Merrell . People see these as a more natural way to protect their feet and maintain the movement that we evolved to use in our feet and not be restricted to rigid sneakers. Follow us Researchers found that jumping right in and not easing into a routine with these minimalist sneakers can result in increased injury to foot bones and can increase the sick for fractures. "Transitioning to minimalist shoes is definitely stressful to the bones," said Sarah Ridg e , study lead author and assistant professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University. "You have to be careful in how you transition and most people don't think about that; they just want to put the shoes on and go." Quickly, theses sneakers have skyrocketed to 15 percent of the running show market, wholly worth $65 billion yearly. Resea...

Full article: http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/14206/20130307/sneak...

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