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Scottsdale doctor warns of five-finger shoe health risks, by Kimberly Cheng
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Scottsdale doctor warns of five-finger shoe health risks

By: Kimberly Cheng

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - You may have seen them or maybe you own a pair. They're five-finger shoes, sometimes called "foot gloves", and they're touted as the closest thing to barefoot running.


Dr. Bruce Werber, a podiatrist in Scottsdale, tried a pair for himself. He said the shoe is not for him and believes certain people are more at risk of injury.

Since last year, Dr. Werber has treated two people for stress fractures caused by using barefoot-type shoes.

He says people with high arches may want to consider shoes that have more support.

"There's no ability for a high arch foot to dissipate the shock of landing," he said.

Werber also said people who are overweight are at risk.

"Basically, three times your body weight is hitting the floor every time you take a step. When you increase speed, you increase velocity and force that's going through your foot," he explained.

Werber says people with bunions, hammer toes, prior hip and joint injuries may want to avoid this type of shoe.


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