Joined: March 1, 2003
Anyone have thoughts and/or experience with the Barefeet running shoes. Walking is just not enjoyable for me anymore--forget the little bit of jogging I used to do. I have a fairly recent dx of psoriatic arthritis ( a litlle over a year) and it affects my toes, achilles and knees. I like the idea of the shoes sort of "spreading" out my toes (I have yoga toes but never can find the time to use them). I am on methotrexate (recently had to dc humira due to some side effects) and as far as I can tell have been able to preserve the joints in my feet but a few toes are turning and feeling "lax" for lack of a better description. Any input greatly appreciated. Thanks
Joined: April 20, 2005
With an arthritis condition, I would stay away from footwear that decreases the cushioning provided to various joints.
Can't remember if psoriatic arthritis inflames the synovium like RA does, but if so, you definitely should keep the joint forces low during a flare-up. This would mean both no running and maximum shoe cushioning.
I understand the appeal of barefoot running, but I just don't think they are appropriate for most runners.
Best of luck to you in dealing with your condition.
Maybe this could be considered? Arguably, barefoot running is not necessarily bad for arthritic joints as long as it is combined with a "forefoot impact technique". In other words, the way some Africans run on their bare feet. The large number of joints in the forefoot and midfoot become involved in the absorption of the landing forces, rather that the "pile-driver" impact of the heel-first pattern shoe-wearers display. It is so far, just assumption of course, but I did try to run barefoot with a focus on landing on the fore and midfoot - a lot of work in the calves, but much softer on my knees and back. And no foot pain.
I seem to remember that the developer for the five-toe barefoot shoe based the concept on the fore- and midfoot running gait. There is a prof at Cambridge who studies this, AND runs barefoot himself. Forgot his name....
Joined: December 22, 2007
Look up "barefoot professor" on youtube. I think the guy you might be thinking of Bas is actually from MIT. He's an anthropologist.
I run in them for approximately 10-20% of my weekly mileage. Pretty consistent research showing that barefoot style running (not just being barefoot) results in rather significant reductions in ground reaction forces.
I'd also suggest reading Born to Run on the origins of the modern running shoe and the avalanche of running injuries from overstriding. Great stuff. I still use my Brooks for the bulk of my running, but have definitely adopted more of a barefoot running gait. Knock on wood - no injuries and my HR at given paces are significantly lower.
< Message edited by TexasOrtho -- August 11, 2010 1:56:23 PM >
Joined: March 1, 2003
Thanks so much. I have not been able to distance walk, (3 miles is about my limit) let alone run. It is a disease medically treated the same as RA but there is less joint involvement in PsA. I am sick of biking and swimming, and will continue to try to improve my tolerance (a year ago could barely walk a block so guess I am a little impatient). I actually feel best when beach walking or hiking so that is why I was interested in knowing more about these shoes! I used to do a few half marathons and some 5ks and it is my goal to SLOWLY return to these activities so I appreciate the input.