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Barefoot shoes?

I originally joined this forum after having surgery for a herniated disc L4-L5 in 2007 when I was 25. 5 years later I am lucky to be (knock on wood) mostly pain free. I have found that: swimming is great exercise for me, yoga is beneficial, but running I need to be careful with.

I recently purchased some 'barefoot' shoes (Merrell dash glove) which are lightweight and super comfortable. I've been wearing them around and like them, my question is - has anyone with back pain here had experience with minimalist shoes, specially doing running or hiking in them?

L4-L5 discectomy for 'giant' herniated disc, 2007, 30 yr old female.


  • nessa59nnessa59 Posts: 5
    edited 07/29/2012 - 7:44 AM
    i have three pairs that i bought at one time, they work pretty well for me when i'm doing things that are not difficult, like hanging out around the house and yard. the shoes do not help me much when i am walking on cement or blacktop, and in fact caused more pain. they are def not good for me on even a falt trail.
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