Something Strange is Afoot

New York Post—July 22, 2009

If the makers of new FiveFingers shoes are to be believed, their footwear will strengthen foot muscles, improve balance, agility and speed. Despite the lack of glamour in their appearance, FiveFingers are being touted as the next best thing to being barefoot for your feet.

Not so fast.

"These offer relatively no support," said Rock Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH, a foot specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "They do not support the arch well and may lead to postural problems that not only can adversely affect the ankles and feet, but also the shins, knees, hips and back."

They might be okay "around the pool or at the beach," said Positano, but he adds that wearing them on long walks is not a good idea.

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