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December 10th, 2011, 03:52 PM
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Barefoot running: bad or beneficial? - Health - Fitness - msnbc.com

I'm a barefoot person myself and hardly ever wear shoes in the summer. I've never thought to run barefoot though because it's been pounded into my head that that's bad.
I think I'm gonna give it a try though. In spring. I hate cold.
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December 10th, 2011, 04:33 PM
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My husband is a barefoot runner. It's so much better for you.

After I lost the use of my legs I began using only vibrams and simulate barefoot walking. I haven't had any issues since. My PT says that shoes that create stability weaken your legs tremendously.
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December 10th, 2011, 06:00 PM
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I can't run without arch support. I get horrible shin splints. My legs are pretty strong. lol Sorta butchy when I'm working out.
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December 10th, 2011, 06:25 PM
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most people who transition to barefoot running no longer get shin splints, and their feet no longer have arch issues. Our feet do not grow properly or shape properly when we wear supportive shoes.
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December 10th, 2011, 09:30 PM
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I think my feet are done growing. lol
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December 10th, 2011, 09:30 PM
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I do everything barefoot. I have flea market feet every day of the week. I just dont run..unless someone is chasing me.
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December 10th, 2011, 09:35 PM
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I do walk around the house barefoot. It's really only running that I've always needed supportive shoes for. My sister has some barefoot shoes and even she prefers supportive ones. Maybe we have weird feet.

I run shorter distances than she does. She's into marathons and stuff. Ugh.
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December 10th, 2011, 11:04 PM
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You have to build up to barefoot running, you can't just go and do it because your feet aren't used to operating correctly.

And as for your feet not growing, they aren't working properly, so yes they can still change.

Even If the Shoe Fits… Forget It. | Mark's Daily Apple

"Running shoes are designed to make you land on your heel as you step forward. Can you imagine running heel to toe without shoes? You wouldn’t do it. It would be much too traumatic. So why are we forced to do it with shoes? Landing on your heel results in undue shock and potential injury to your knees and back. The natural and most effective way to run, as exemplified by top marathon runners, is to land on the ball of your foot – keeping your steps light and smooth, and allowing your arch to act like the natural spring it is."

I wear Vibrams when I go out, they are as close to being completely barefoot as possible. I used to wear supportive shoes and when I lost the ability to walk I thought supportive shoes were my answer. I mean, I figured the support would help SUPPORT me in walking and decrease the stress on my joints. It had the opposite effect. After 8 months my husband convinced me to try Vibrams. I was really worried that I would completely be immobile without my supportive shoes but I was desperate. In 1 week of wearing them I had gained more progress in regaining the use of my legs than I did in the 8 months previous. Since then I'm a convert. My legs stopped deteriorating, and even though I walk with a limp and the damage is still there I CAN walk again. In the winter I occasionally have to wear regular tennis shoes and I can feel the immediate affect of it. My whole lower body hurts more for days afterwards and my limp becomes worse. I can't wear tennis shoes for more than a few hours without massive pain.

Our bodies just weren't made to wear them. We were made to walk/run barefoot.
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December 11th, 2011, 07:24 AM
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December 11th, 2011, 06:34 PM
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I stopped wearing shoes about 18 months ago. And by that I mean, I wear moccasins from http://http://www.softstarshoes.com/ most of the time and Vibrams when I'm at the gym. I haven't done that much running since I just had a baby 3 months ago and I still have more weight to lose before I feel comfortable running.

Anyways, my feet and legs are MUCH stronger now. It hurt a little bit when I started walking around barefoot and I could really feel it in my calves! I was active duty USMC for five years and had knee surgery and chronic bursitis (went on for years). When I stopped wearing shoes my bursitis went away. I have not had shin splints since the last time I ran with shoes.

I never plan to own another pair of tennis shoes. I can't stand the way they feel now, and they are actually painful to wear for even a few minutes.
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Barefoot running is awesome! I'm a barefoot girl, and my kids are barefoot kids. DH though doesn't like being barefoot except in the house.
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I don't run... or not often... so barefoot running shoes wouldn't do me much good I don't think. I do a lot of walking, and I'm afraid that the constant heel - toe movement would aggravate the heel issues I had as a child.

I'm also afraid with all the tendon and ligament issues I've had with both feet that they'd get worse. Being in bare feet, and in flat shoes tends to make my feet hurt quicker than if I'm in a sneaker.
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I have a connective tissue disorder. My ligaments and tendons tear very easily. Supportive shoes made this worse. My vibrams have prevented further damage to my lower limbs. My PT and OT told me that using my legs the way nature intended them to be used has helped my EDS more than anything else.
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If it works for you, great, but it's definitely not for everyone. Even doctors and experts can't agree. Some say it's great and others say it's more harmful than helpful. It doesn't work for me. I can't even walk around the house barefoot all the time anymore, it totally messed up my back. My chiropractor took one look at it during my last pregnancy and said "you go barefoot a lot, right?" So I had to start wearing supportive shoes, especially when I'm pregnant, or my back totally gets messed up. My mom has plantar fastitis, so she totally has to wear shoes all the time too.

I think the whole our ancestors did it so it must be the way to go is a bit of a stretch too. Our ancestors were walking on natural ground, not concrete sidewalks and streets, so it's a bit different.
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I do everything barefoot. I have flea market feet every day of the week. I just dont run..unless someone is chasing me.
Haha, we've always called it jiffy feet!
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December 13th, 2011, 01:47 PM
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Haha, we've always called it jiffy feet!
I call it grocery store feet because of all the people that bring their babies to the store without shoes. Used to be more common than it is now.
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Funny, my back/hips go out if I DO wear shoes. I go to the chiropractor every week or every other week.
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I call it grocery store feet because of all the people that bring their babies to the store without shoes. Used to be more common than it is now.
Ha- we say jiffy for "jiffy store" (like a small convenient store). I've never heard grocery store or flea market feet. Too funny.
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