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In a 10-week study, 10 of 19 runners who transitioned to doing some of their mileage in Vibram FiveFingers showed signs of foot bone injury at the end of the study, compared to one of 17 runners who continued to do all of their running in conventional shoes. For the study , to be published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , researchers in Utah divided recreational runners (average age of 26, weekly mileage of 15-30) into two groups. One group was told to continue their normal training in their conventional running shoes. The other group also continued their normal training, except that they started doing some of their running in Vibram FiveFingers. None of the study participants had previously run in FiveFingers, and none had been prevented by a lower-leg injury from running at least three days a week in the six months before the study. The FiveFingers group foll...

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