TRDMRK saidi still don't understand how after so many years and having it be something reliable amongst almost all civilizations, people came upon the conclusion that wearing shoes could possibly be bad for u. you're not running in ballerina heels, you're running in shoes!
There are muscles in our foot that evolved long before Mesopotamia, who's primary function are to provide support, and balance. The artificial supports in shoes are designed to enhance, and replace this. Instead of encouraging these muscles to grow stronger and provide their own support, their function is taken away and the shoe does the job for them. Shoes provide stability and support for a weak foot.. but ultimately keep your foot weak. There are still several countries in the modern world in which people do not wear any form of shoe. I'm not sure what ballet has to do with this.
As well, a shoe is a type of medical accessory. There are advances in the medical field every day that gain huge popularity, only to be recalled later on as having horrible side effects. Not every invention does what it claims, and not every popular invention is necessary. "more than likely, that could've been avoided by the support your foot would've had wrapped around it by the tongue of the shoe and it's shoelaces.. it's only logical."
Barefoot running shoes provide the same "wrap-around" support of a normal shoe. None. The pressure from running that can potentially injure your foot comes from underneath the bone, and from the bone pushing down onto the ground out of resistance. It's only logical. "i've gone to a forest and ran a little barefoot too, i enjoyed it, it's cool, no big deal.. never in my right mind will i just suddenly take to the park and start running 5 barefoot miles all of a sudden though.. i'd consider that to be pretty stupid. ur feet are not used to it, give it a break."
Never in my right mind would I get into a submarine and dive miles into the ocean. But the fact that I would never do it doesn't negate it's benefit to others. You're right about my feet not being used to it. That's why they were injured when I overworked them. This is in EXACT CORRELATION to how the muscles in your body aren't used to lifting weights, when you first start to exercise. I would never tell someone to just... quit, or not do something, because they weren't used to it. And it has absolutely ZERO do to with my I.Q. So calling it stupid is... stupid.
Part of me wonders if you're a little bitter about what I said in your "self tattoo" thread. It really sounds like you're really stretching for some of the arguments you make.. not to mention the comment you left on my profile. If that's the case.. I really wish you'd get over it man. There's really no point to turning this into a interwebs homo-drama-fest.
That being said.. I saw a doctor and got the X-rays done. He diagnosed me just with a bad case of tendinitis, saying that the pain would be the same as if I had broken a bone. I've been running on it this past week for only 1-2 mile stretches and it's feeling great. I'm gonna make sure to ease my way into things now...