My form is definitely something that I struggle with – like most people, I run heel to toe. I’ve tried the other method promoted with the Vibram Five Finger shoes – that is running on your forefoot and found it to be extremely uncomfortable. After reading the following FAQ on their website, it’s pretty clear why:
I was told I was an over-pronator. I was also told by some experts to buy certain types of shoes for motion control. Can Vibram FiveFingers® help me or should I steer away from them?
For some over-pronators (people whose feet tend to flatten during full weight-bearing exercise), Vibram FiveFingers® footwear will be too much of an abrupt change in biomechanics. We always recommend what we call a micro progression into Vibram FiveFingers. The too-much-too-soon phenomenon can be a problem for anyone’s foot. In the case of severe over-pronators, Vibram FiveFingers might not be a wise choice for weight-bearing activities. Over-pronators will definitely benefit from some focused rehabilitation and foot-specific exercises before wearing any minimalist footwear.
My next post will be about how I determined that I was an over-pronator and finding the right running shoe for your particular needs.
I came across this tonight and found it to be very helpful and interesting! I’m going to give it a try when I go for my run tomorrow