Did you know that 25% of your bones and muscles are located below the ankle?
Our feet were designed to be versatile with an infinite number of movements due to the number of joints and intrinsic foot muscles, yet most of us hardly spend time thinking about our feet.
They are the foundation of our body, however, the care and maintenance of our feet is almost unheard of. We tend to cram our feet into whatever shoe we like the looks of, with no regard to how that shoe might be impacting the health of our feet (and by proxy our overall health).
There is evidence showing the activation of the muscles of your pelvic floor is greater when barefoot than in shoes. Shoes, especially with any sort of heel lift, force you to adjust your pelvis. This subtle change alters how you use your core.
Today’s epidemic of foot damage including bunions, hammertoes, collapsed arches, foot pain, and secondary effects of diabetes including neuropathy, poor circulation, and even amputation are all considered par for the course. We blame genetics, not our lifestyles. What if the answer was as simple as mobilizing our feet and changing our footwear? There is a solution, but not the passive solutions many of us have become accustomed to when looking to modern medicine for answers.
The first step is admitting that you have control over the health of your feet, none of these conditions have to be inevitable.
The second step is to start thinking about how you treat your feet. What kind of shoes do you wear? How much time do you spend with shoes off? How are your toes moving? Do your feet hurt? Are there calluses, and if so where? All of these questions can start to give you clues about how your feet move.
Maintaining healthy, happy feet is easy to do with just a few simple tools you already have in your home and a few minutes per day.
Simple steps to take to improve the health of your feet include:
Taking these smalls steps to improve the health of your feet impacts your overall health in a positive way. After all, we need a healthy foundation to build healthy movement habits. What can you do today to start to think more about the health of your feet?