I bought a new pair VFF’s. This time I decided to choose for the Spyridon shoes. My feet are getting stronger and stronger , I think I’m used to the barefoot walking now. Maybe some barefoot-running in the near future ?
Most people, including doctors, have never seen a natural foot, unaltered by footwear. The following images of habitually bare feet are taken from a study performed almost 100 years ago, published 1905 in the American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, which examined the feet of native barefoot populations in the Philippines and Central Africa. A line can be drawn that runs through the heel, ball, and big toe of a habitually bare foot. The little toes spread naturally and fan out to provide a wide, stable base for walking or standing.
How do our shod feet compare? The following more common image, also taken from the 1905 study, demonstrates feet that are shaped like the owner’s shoes. No such line can be drawn, and the little toes crowd to a point—a comparatively unstable, narrow base for walking or standing.
There can be some negative health effects which are described on Wikipedia;
“Negative health implications of running in Vibram FiveFingers or similar minimalistic footwear include the bodies’ inability to adapt or transition well to the sudden lack of cushioning under and around the foot. Posture and balance deteriorate over the years as well, causing the likelihood of an older adult to get used to running in FiveFingers to decrease. Other dangers include risks associated with “too-much-too-soon” training. If not conditioned slowly enough, the sole of the foot or plantar fascia can become inflamed or damaged with activity. Also due to over-training or incorrect form, runners may experience Achilles tendonitis or metatarsal inflammation and fractures. Over-striding in Vibram FiveFingers, that is, landing with the foot too far in front of one’s hips, adds extra unnecessary stress to the calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and the arch of the foot, which can lead to serious health problems if not addressed.”
Some explaining and instruction-videos ….