Another new trend and money making scheme in the sports market is ‘barefoot’ footwear.
These minimalist shoes are now making up 15% in a running shoe market worth $6.5 billion.
Common sense would suggest that a quick transition is going to cause some damage as your feet move from a lot of support to nothing. But this isn’t stopping people from just putting them on and going…
Research has shown that transitioning too quickly can lead to greater increases in bone marrow edema (inflammation causing excessive fluid in the bone). The stress of running causes bones to remodel to get stronger. But the increased pressure and stress caused by running in ‘barefoot’ shoes isn’t giving bones a chance to remodel before more impact reoccurs.
There are some benefits to be found from running in barefoot shoes but you need to bare in mind that you’ve probably spent the whole of your life wearing a much more supportive type of footwear.
So if you are going to make the transition, do it SLOOOOWLY!