Originally Posted by adversity04
And your response doesn't show causation nor was foot pain ever mentioned.
Plantar fasciitis was clearly mentioned in my initial post above. Foot pain is one of its symptoms.
I never said the Nikes caused my PF, but I did not have it before and I do now. This leads me to believe that their prophylactic effect may be overstated.
While we're on the subject, here's something I googled up that I thought would be appropriate:
A word about zealots on both sides of running barefoot vs shod. Some will experience cognitive dissonance when their point of view is challenged. This means that when presented with evidence contrary to their point of view they will tend to deny it or reframe the evidence as if it was part of their argument all along. We should remember this, otherwise we are no better than the iconic Dr. Zaius who held both the posts of both minister of science and defender of the faith, a conflict of interest that does not seek out answers, only support for our own preconceived views. It turns out for the answers are very individual and may not be what we expect.
I started using Nike Frees specifically because I have flat feet and have had pronation-related issues (but not PF) in the past. I also have 20 years of karate training (all barefoot) and that means I'm more accustomed to exercising without highly cushioned shoes than the average person. So I came into the experiment with an open mind. I'm now less enthusiastic of the potential benefits of barefoot running than I used to be.
If you read up on the subject, you will see that while there are podiatrists who argue the benefits of barefoot running, there are also podiatrists who advise people with low arches to avoid barefoot running or the use of barefoot style shoes because they don't necessarily train your foot to avoid the ill effects of anatomically induced overpronation. Which I believe may have been the case with my situation.
If 5 Fingers work for you, great. You don't have to treat other people like idiots if their experience differs.