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Are your feet becoming more impact resistant running in your FiveFingers?

It seems that my only real problem right now is foot soreness after a run that seems to be foot-smacking-pavement related insofar as it is worse over longer distances. I've been running in them for a year and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Similarly, any good remedies? The first few steps when I stand up after sitting after a run are worse as my feet don't really want to flex from stiffness and soreness.

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Aug. 9th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that the more I wear my VFFs (and it's them or nothing, and I train and walk a lot - and will probably get back into more running once I get back from the intensive that starts tomorrow) the bouncier my feet feel. As if I'm better able to use the springiness of all my joints. So I suspect, yes.

Have you tried rolling your foot over a small can? That's helped me when I've had issues that sound similar. (For a bonus you can cool or freeze the can first.)
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
The only remedy I've tried is some stretching and refusing to sit down. Also, not putting my feet up as the subsequent blood rush is kind of terrible. :)

I'll try the can or, I think, there's a foam roller somewhere in my house....
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
And just because that first step pain makes it hard for me not to ask -

are you pretty sure you're not getting plantars fasciitis?
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, pretty sure it's not PF. The pain is soreness and stiffness all over my foot that gets better with more movement.
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Its unlikely that anybody would get plantars fasciitis from running in Vibrams as the very act of doing it strengthens the PF.
Aug. 10th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
i had the same issue. then i stopped running in them. I still wear them for all other occassions, just not long distances.
Aug. 12th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
what about running differently. When I run in mine, my feet don't smack like they do in running shoes because (like you) it hurts. So I changed the way I plant my feet and it made a huge difference. The gear shop I work at (where we sell VFF) tells people that they will have to learn to run differently, naturally.
I'm not sure how to explain how I plant my feet differently. I know that I don't land as sharply on my heel.
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