I had to roll my eyes at this in my alerts this morning. This was nothing startling, just a case report on 3 runners who got an injury in minimalist running shoes:
Minimalist shoe injuries: Three case reports.
Cauthon DJ, Langer P, Coniglione TC.
Foot (Edinb). 2013 May 10.
Running in minimalist shoes continues to increase in popularity and multiple mainstream shoe companies now offer minimalist shoes. While there is no evidence that traditional running shoes prevent injuries, there are concerns that the designs of minimalist shoes may increase injury risk. However, reports of injuries in runners wearing minimalist shoes are rare. We present three injuries occurring in runners that were wearing minimalist shoes at the time of injury. All three of the runners switched immediately to the minimalist shoes with no transition period. We recommend that any transition to minimalist shoe gear be performed gradually. It is our contention that these injuries are quite common and will continue to become more prevalent as more runners change to these shoes.
Even though this was only 3 published cases, we keep seeing a lot more of these injuries in runners, but what about this comment: “All three of the runners switched immediately to the minimalist shoes with no transition period“. How can any runner be so stupid as to do that? I just do not get it. The manufacturers of the shoes recommend an appropriate tranistion; all the blogs and magazine articles and books recommend it; everywhere you go you see the advice on how to transition and the importance of doing it properly; I assume most retailers give advice. How can so many be so ‘dumb’ as to not do it? Why is the advice not getting through to so many?
POSTSCRIPT: I just remembered a tweet from James Dunne (@KineticRev) on this issue from earlier this year. Found it:
To the man on my train bragging about his new barefoot running shoes: Your planned 10miler to “test them out” will be a disaster! #FACT
— James Dunne (@KineticRev) January 13, 2013