The manufacturers of the Vibram FiveFingers were recently sued for falsely advertising that their shoes would reduce injury and strengthen feet, Vibram did settle the case in order to save legal fees; but continue to stand behind their shoe. Is barefoot running and minimalist shoes just another fad? We think it is a good idea to take a look and see what the experts have to say about the practice of running barefoot.
The first actual pair of running shoes did not hit the market until 1970. Before then, people ran in flats, thin sandals, moccasins or barefoot. Research shows that when a person runs this way, their forefoot or midfoot strikes the ground first. This reduces the impact of your foot on the ground. Researchers are blaming more injuries on the new cushioned running shoes that have become so popular in the last 30 years.
“I know this sounds crazy, but running excites dogs.”
What should you do when you encounter loose dogs while on a run? There are 74.8 million dogs in the US. Each year, dogs bite more than 2% of the US population. That's 4.7 million dog attacks annually. Almost 800,000 dog bites per year are serious. One out of 6 require medical attention. Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to the E.R. Annually.
The sad reality is that even in the 21st century when a tough woman runner in a good neighborhood leaves her own house in broad daylight, there's still a good chance being raped or attacked is a more prevalent fear than being chased by a dog.
I know for me, I usually feel safe until a car of young men drives by screaming sexually-harassing things, honking, and hooting. Then I'm jolted back to reality where I start to feel very far from home, unequipped, and vulnerable. Should I flip them off, ignore them, change directions?
“There are no medals for avoiding severe injury or death while [jogging]..”