I've recently switched to vibram five fingers and have started developing calluses under my big toe. Is this normal or is my strike wrong?

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    Impossible to tell without video analysis. However, calluses are just natural reactions to friction, so entirely probably that it's just a normal adaptation to the VFF's. – JohnP Oct 7 '13 at 21:17
  • Theoretically you're strike can't be wrong if you're wearing five fingers.... – MDMoore313 Oct 7 '13 at 22:09
  • Sure it can @MDMoore313, why else would some people get stress fractures from running with them? – Ivo Flipse Oct 8 '13 at 4:37
  • switched to a forefoot strike – Prat Oct 8 '13 at 9:17
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    @MDMoore313 - In my assessment, VFF's are nothing more than capitalizing on a fad. There are millions of runners over the past 50 years that have run just fine in all kinds of shoes, and all of a sudden we all have to switch to minimal shoes and forefoot strikes? Research chi/pose and similar and see the rise in injury rates. People hate hearing it, but the VAST majority of runners self select the best stride/strike pattern for them. And heel striking does NOT mean heel touching first. There are almost NO elite runners where the heel does not touch first. – JohnP Oct 8 '13 at 14:39

I have had a lot of experience with the vff (3+ years personal) and from what you're telling us you most likely have girly feet that have never had a chance to develop calluses. Get barefoot more often and as long as your calluses aren't ripping off you're fine.
Look at the bottom of anyones foot who runs a lot and you will notice both the outside of the big toe, midfoot and heel are pretty callused up, something to be proud of, not worry about.

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We can't debug your stride from just the information that a new callus formed. New calluses pop up sometimes. Probably it's because you switched footwear. Whether there's a problem is impossible to determine from what we know.

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