Anyone get soreness to the front of the feet (the Cuneiform & Cuboid bones)from working out bare foot?

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    May 04, 2014 5:25 AM GMT
    I've noticed soreness to these bones the next day after doing low impact exercises bare feet on the floor. Also when I wear athletic shoes and do high impact exercises on carpeted floor I also feel a mild soreness. This is only when I land on my toes more often than my heels.

    Any comments and suggestions are appreciated.
  • Kinneticbrian

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    May 04, 2014 1:20 PM GMT
    I don't get soreness from anywhere in my foot from working out barefoot, but sometimes do get fatigue in my arches from running shoes while using the elliptical. I did gymnastics until college so going barefoot in the gym was mandatory, and maybe I've just built a tolerance to it.

    Just a few years ago I started running barefoot and found that some discomfort I was having in my ankles actually disappeared.

    What sort of things are you doing barefoot?
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 04, 2014 3:07 PM GMT
    Bigger question: Why workout barefoot?
  • Kinneticbrian

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    May 04, 2014 3:14 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidBigger question: Why workout barefoot?


    Some sports require it, such as MMA, gymnastics, beach/sand volleyball. It's certainly not for everyone, but there are a number of studies that show where running/athletic shoes actually do more long term harm and damage to the foot than going barefoot does.

    Ultimately it's a matter of comfort and preference. That being said, you just can't start training barefoot. It's something you have to learn proper form and technique to do, just like anything else in the gym. Once you do, it can really boost performance and strength.
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    May 04, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidBigger question: Why workout barefoot?
    @KineticBrian, thanks.

    I'm embarrassed to confess that regularly seeing a group of mostly women in a ballet/yoga workout class, some of whom are bare foot and the popularity of running barefoot, I decide to workout barefoot (wearing socks) on my strength workout days (at the cable stations). icon_redface.gif

    What is worrisome for me is on my high impact days, when I usually do two mini HIIT workouts: I feel sore on those bones the next day. Lately, I notice that it happens when I often land on my toes (wearing shoes).
  • Kinneticbrian

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    May 04, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    @homerk - Any time!

    Try being more conscious of a balanced landing using not just your toes but across the ball of your foot and toes and then a very short landing onto the heel from the front. This is commonly known as the "pawback" technique which cats exhibit when they run.

    In gymnastics, we were actually trained how to run barefoot so that we did not heel strike or toe-strike either one. It's more of a flattened landing for the foot making the foot a solid platform.

    It may take time to build up a resistance. My recommendation would be to cut back the barefoot training to once a week for a few weeks and then gradually up it. The muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle need time to regenerate and strengthen.

    I have a high instep which lends itself to natural foot strength. People with flat feet tend to have more foot pain in general, sue to the lack of arches.
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    May 05, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    @kineticBrian, thanks for the invaluable advice. I'll try to learn that technique. I either step up to a high step or do other low impact movements between sets when I go barefoot. Of course, those front bones strike first upon contact and then I spring off. I can slow down my pace to practice what you have kindly advised.

    But it will be harder to consciously make sure I land on all parts of my feet when I attend a group HIIT class. icon_smile.gif
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    May 05, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    Barefoot? You will end up with an athletes foot infection.
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    May 06, 2014 4:36 AM GMT

    Thanks for the warning about athlete's foot . Either I wear socks or go barefoot (and then spray them with disinfectant later before wearing shoes).

    Fortunately the culture here allows people to wear nose & mouth masks and carry disinfectant spray as they had a SARS scare a few years ago. Many Asians at the gym (or even in public transportation) don masks. I carry a small spray bottle of antiseptic with me everywhere.
  • browardmuscle

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    May 09, 2014 1:56 PM GMT
    Try some sandals. Keen makes good stuff and ended my pain