Does anyone one know of any studies on the relation of thin soled shoes to metatarsal stress fractures. I recall finding a study/report of 11 or 12 subjects with injuries related to minimal shoes. Might have been the VFF's (Vibram Five Finger's). I think the report showed eight 2nd met stress fractures, 1 calcaneus stress fracture? Is this familiar to anyone? I don't remember where I saw this.
Also, is this a reliable or good study? http://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/1641/
And finally, I went out and got myself a VFF and a Merrel trail glove. I couldn't help but note the extreme differences between the "minimal" products. Even between one VFF and the next VFF. One thing to note with these shoes is the "nobbie" pattern that makes up the out soles was transferred as significant mini hills and valleys within the shoe. Midsole cushion likely averages those little hills and valleys a bit. I know I make a habit in practice to stick my hand shoes and feel the area under where a person is complaining of pain. Especially if it is a met head. I would have to assume hills and valley's are not considered good features for met heads.