Listened to an interesting podcast from ultrarunner.com, with podiatrist David Hannaford:
There are solid comments on how to manage foot damage, prep your feet, and wear the right shoes. But what really caught my ear was a comment that over the past couple of years, Hannaford is seeing more forefoot/ball of the foot area injuries.
Also wanted to put the thumbs up to Injinji footwear. I had two pair of the toesocks and they didn't last as long as I would expect; worn spots and hole in one heel. I emailed the company, got a quick response from Stephanie, and two pair of the new midweight Performance Series socks were en route.
This "no questions asked" policy is what keeps products like Injinji competitive in the marketplace. I look forward to trying the new socks on my campus trail loop tomorrow morning.