POSTED: Thursday, March 24, 2011 --- 2:45 a.m.
There are strange looking running shoes that many claim can help prevent injury.
It's called the Vibram FiveFingers shoe for running, fitness and outdoor sports.
The company is a firm believer in the benefits of natural running and fitness training.
The company says Vibram FiveFingers is a unique solution to knee pain and soreness many people feel while running.
The shoes not only encourage a more natural forefoot strike during running, but also allows the foot to move in a completely natural way. The rubber soles also provide grip and protection over a variety of surfaces.
You can wear FiveFingers for fitness training, running, water sports or just for fun. The company claims they will make your feet stronger and healthier-naturally.
There is a warning. Running in Vibram FiveFingers requires a significant increase in lower leg and foot strength.
A gradual transition is critical to avoid overuse injuries. Many local stores have them.