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VIVOBAREFOOT, hang your head in shame

January 28, 2012

A recent study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise compared the injury rates between forefoot strikers and rearfoot strikers showed that there was a higher injury rate in the rearfoot striking group. Here is how Vivobarefoot and several other blind barefoot runners interpreted this study: Memo to Vivobarefoot: What makes this an official […]

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Oh, the absurdity of it

May 4, 2011

How often have you seen claims that barefoot activity improves the immune system? I have seen some recent claims from barefooters that there is increasing amounts of evidence that going barefoot has immune system benefits. I am going to type this next bit really slow: There is not one piece of evidence that even comes […]

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Definitive Evidence that Barefoot Running Really Does Make You Blind

August 11, 2010

No sooner than I wrote about the possibility of barefoot running making people blind, Dr Nirenberg has come back with another post about  Barefoot Running With Eyes Wide Open which clearly proves beyond doubt that barefoot running does indeed make you blind. He claims:  The weight of the scientific evidence which supports barefoot running has reached […]

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Does Running Barefoot Make You Blind?

August 10, 2010

I am really starting to wonder about this. It’s is the only explanation I can come up with to explain what I am seeing. First, we had all the barefoot websites claiming that running shoes cause osteoarthritis based on a study that was not even about osteoarthritis. Then we had them all claiming that barefoot […]

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“All the proof you need”

May 20, 2010

I got an interesting email from someone who I assume is a barefoot runner. The email simply said “this is all the proof you need” and it included a link to this. This link is a reproduction of the press release from the Kerrigan et al study, which I described as: This will have to […]

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Plantar fasciitis and barefoot running

April 10, 2010

What is the relationship between barefoot running and plantar fasciitis? In the research by Liebermann et al published in Nature, in the discussion they made the somewhat remarkable claim that: “Furthermore, many running shoes have arch supports and stiffened soles that may lead to weaker foot muscles, reducing arch strength. This weakness contributes to excessive […]

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“Barefoot Runners Get More Stress fractures”

March 18, 2010

Well they don’t really, but why can I not make up that headline like that as the barefoot running community do it all the time (see Intellectual Dishonesty). Surely if they do it, why can’t the rest of us do it? Mainly because we are not that irresponsible and dishonest. But, here is my logic […]

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The lack of evidence for running shoes? – you can’t have it both ways!

February 27, 2010

Who can remember the media flurry and hype on barefoot running sites when Craig Richards published his systematic review last year: Is your prescription of distance running shoes evidence-based in the British Journal of Sports Medicine? Here is the abstract: Objectives: To determine whether the current practice of prescribing distance running shoes featuring elevated cushioned […]

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Do running shoes weaken muscles?

February 25, 2010

That is what the barefoot running community and the anti-running shoe community would have you believe.  You see this claim being made all the time on barefoot running websites, books and on running forums. We know that the barefoot running community are really good at all sorts of intellectual dishonesty, should we believe them on […]

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Where are all these impact injuries that runners are supposed be getting an epidemic of?

February 23, 2010

Again, this is something that only exits in the minds of the anti-running shoe lobby. I have already shown how they have misused the research to scam us into believing that there is no decrease in the rate of injury from the alleged improvement in running shoes over the years. Some have even tried to […]

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