Saturday, July 04, 2009

Vibram Five Fingers and the Ankle

Short run at Pineland today to test things out. Original plan was to go barefoot, but Ian offered to loan me a pair of Vibram Five Finger Flows (originally owned by Chuck). Having never tried them before, I thought this was a great chance to test them out.

I really liked them. I noticed my stride was different right off the bat, striking more with the forefoot as opposed to the heal. It felt comfortable, efficient and natural. I liked it. Really liked it.

Unfortunately, the ankle started barking, and doing so loudly. Same thing I've been experiencing the past month, but more pronounced. It's a sharp pain in a localized area just above the inside ankle bone on the right foot. I'm making a doctor appointment first thing Monday morning to get X-rays. I suspect it might be a stress fracture, but who knows.

Ran 2.4 miles @ ~9:30/mile pace.
Very hilly.
Upper 60s, overcast, humid.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap.


Mark said...

You are the first runner I have heard run in the five fingers. They have an office five miles from my house. I checked them out once and found that canoeist\kayakers use them.

Good luck in your health.

mindy said...

Hope you get good news (or some definitive news, anyway) from the doc. I ran on the Oak Hill side later and saw your giant reptilian footprints in the mud. Pretty cool. Great to see you out there today - hope the healing continues and the ankle settles down.

Thomas said...

Fingers crossed you get over this quickly.

Grellan said...

I bught a pair of the five fingers in late 2007 and found them great to run in. Although I heven't run in them consistently. I probably overdid it at the start (my first run was over 5 mileas) Given my recent injuries I think I need to go back on them as they should strengthen up the foot and lower leg muscles.

Mark said...

article on achilles for you, let me know what you think

Trevor said...

Here is a recent article from Wired magazine on the subject. You might find it interesting.

Ultrathoner said...

It's interesting that you tried out the Vibram Five Fingers almost the same time I did (and after a DNF too).

My plantar fasciitis disappeared afte only two weeks of running trails in them. Still, my feet were not used to rocks. I gave them a break by returning to running shoes for a couple of weeks. My PF came back!

Maybe shoes are THE problem as many barefoot runners suggest?

I now think that orthotics and arch supports are a bunch of hog wash. The key is to strengthen the feet and to learn to run softly and naturally. Shoes allow us to run sloppily; resulting in injury too often.

Good luck with your ankle.

icosahedron said...

Did your ankle ever get feeling better? I've got a pair of Vibram KSO and love them, but I've had a persistent ankle soreness since adopting them as my running shoes.