Feet

Have you noticed this one important thing about your shoes?

Have you ever stopped to think about how your footwear impacts the rest of your body?

The majority of modern shoes have an unnecessary heel built into them—and I’m not just talking about ladies high heels. Just look at these emojis, for example 👞 👟 👠—they all have heels!

Heels have no functional purpose, but most people have grown accustomed to them and their bodies have become shaped by them.

These moccasins have no heel and super pliable soles. I can actually (comfortably) feel the rocks underneath my feet in this picture.

These moccasins have no heel and super pliable soles. I can actually (comfortably) feel the rocks underneath my feet in this picture.

Awareness exercise:

Just take a moment to stand flat on your bare feet, then maybe put one of your shoes on and balance from left to right, feeling the difference in your body through your ankles, knees, hips, back and neck. Notice how everything shifts to adapt to that heel.

Now that you have a sense of how that feels in your body, how do you think these changes are affecting how your body functions and feels on a daily basis?

I switched to 100% minimal footwear over the course of two years (it’s not cheap). It was an easy task for me physically, because even though I had an awesome heel collection, I often took them off and went barefoot for comfort reasons. So my body was accustomed to being barefoot all the time, because that shit hurt! Hahaha

Making the switch

When switching to minimal shoes, however, it’s something that most people need to take in stages, because as I said, their feet and bodies have adapted to heeled footwear.

I plan on diving into this more, but I feel like the awareness piece is always the most important first step in making a change.

So take some time to test it out and let me know in the comments what you discover and how you feel!

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One of the most important tips for good foot health that can affect your entire body

As our base of support, feet are pretty darn important, when it comes to how our body is functioning--and feeling--as a whole.

Because most modern-day feet are jammed into modern-day shoes all day long, the 33 joints we have in EACH of our feet (what?!) are unable to move as they were designed to move. This causes them to stiffen up and act more as a solid block, rather than an uber-mobile foot.

Body comfort starts at the base

If our base isn't moving as it was designed to move, what do you think that is doing to everything that is balanced on top of that base?

When our feet aren’t able to use their full range of motion, that affects our ankles, and legs, and pelvis and back, all the way up to our necks and heads.

So how do we get our feet moving again? I’ll show you the first, simple step below.

Your feet are mapped in your brain

As I discussed in my post on cortical maps, we have areas in our brain that are dedicated to certain parts of our bodies, and when things aren't regularly moving on their own--as they were designed to do--they can become mapped together.

Remapping feet with golf ball

Today's #tuesdaytip is all about remapping our feet in our brains. I'm not using much pressure here. The intent isn't a foot massage, rather it's about a gentle waking up of the entire base of the foot.

How to:

Take off your shoes and socks, and I suggest taking a walk around the house beforehand, to get a baseline sense of how your feet feel, contacting the ground.

After that, take any ball you can find (here I'm using a squishy golf ball) and then start with your right foot and roll the ball all over the base of that foot--onto the bottom of your toes, up into you arch, on your heel, etc. Then take another walk, to see how that right foot now feels.

Changes in sensation and movement

When I do this, I feel as if my foot is more connected to the ground and I can sense more movement throughout my joints and arches.

Now switch to the other foot, then take another walk and let me know in the comments below how your feet feel!

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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