Vibram's website reiterates that moving from traditional running sneakers to minimalist shoes takes time. They believe that running in their shoes makes you healthier, happier, and more connected to your body. Vibram FiveFingers lists the following recommendations in using their product:
- Listen to your feet. Switching will take some time, whether it be a matter of weeks, or even a year. Much is dependent on your foot type, the activities you're using the shoes for, and whether you pronate or not. Improving those muscles will increase both endurance and strength (proof?).
- Stop if your arches or the top of your foot is hurting. Discomfort should diminish after one to two weeks. Pain can sometimes occur when you land too far forward from your hips and pointing your toes too much. As well, pain can also happen from landing on too rigid a foot and not letting your heel drop gently.
- Let your body heal if you've experienced pain. Tired muscles are normal. Bone, joint, or soft-tissue pain is not. See a podiatrist if you are suffering.
- Bring your traditional running shoes in the beginning as a back-up. You can switch shoes if you need to stop.
Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Sports Podiatrist in CT
Podiatrist in Newington, Kensington, and Middletown, CT
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