Toe Shoe running and Calf pain

  • Gaymer

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    Jul 28, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    Hello to all my fellow runners!

    I've been running since high school (mostly long-distance/cross country), so I should know how to go about preventing common running injuries, but recently I picked up a pair of Fila Skeletoes shoes (A slightly firm soled minimalist shoe). Ever since I've tried running in them, I've been getting calf pain after workouts - almost to the point where it isn't possible to go up/down stairs.

    Do minimalist running shoes require a different running form than Heel-toe? I know that I can't clomp around and slam down on my heel like I could in other shoes (not that clomping is a good thing, it's quite horrible, but you can get away with it), but I'm trying to pay attention to my stride. I can't really notice what might be causing the pain.
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    Jul 28, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    Usually people switching to the minimalist shoe are intending to correct/prevent any potential damage from the overuse of your 'average' everyday running shoe.

    From what I've read on them, and on the minimalist idea in general, is that it's best to use the toe-strike method of running. However, that being said, I've heard from a number of people using them, that because it's so much different than normal shoes, that your calf muscles realign slightly and adjust to your foot the way it 'should' be while running.

    I would highly recommend you calling and seeing if you can chat with the athletic trainer for the cross country team at a nearby university. They are very well-trained and are usually up-to-date on all the newest running shoes/methods and potential injuries involved.

    Good luck and let us know what ya find out!
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    Jul 28, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    Have you tried getting your legs adjust to them?
    Meaning, start with short runs and increase the length over time. And use them primarily for cross-country running, instead of streets, at least in the beginning.