Minimalist Footwear Company Faces Lawsuit

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Running continues to be a hot topic. A class-action lawsuit has been brought against Vibram and Vibram FiveFingers in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. It appears Vibram, according to the complaint filed,  is making “false” health claims about its product. These alleged false claims include that it’s product improves foot health, reduces risk of injury, strengthens muscles in feet and lower legs, and helps promote proper spine alignment.

Barefoot running and minimalist footwear have been around a while now. We’ve seen barefoot runners in international competitions successfully compete and win while running barefoot. Usually these competitors have been running barefoot their entire careers and are thereby accustomed to no footwear. For most of us, shoes with solid support are the best case scenario. However, if there is nothing wrong with your feet and you are experiencing no pain or discomfort, a minimalist shoe may work for you. If you begin to experience pain, see a podiatrist right away.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.