Foot wear is meant for more than just providing protection to your feet. I the world of fashion the proper pair of shoes can mean the difference between a positive, confidence building, every syllable pronounced “ Oh.MY.GOD!” and a soul crushing, snarky, downright mean “Oh my god.” But are the souls on your feet as important as the body walking in them?
Below you will find an article that outlines the benefits and reasons you should kick of your Sunday shoes and begin a healthier barefoot lifestyle.
Plantar Fasciitis Relief
If you are already an avid runner, weightlifter or exerciser in general you are probably no stranger to the excruciating heel pain known as (dramatic pause) Plantar Fasciitis. If you are a binger or training novice and have not fully understand the pain of Plantar Fasciitis, you should, it’s bad.
Picture if you can stomping your feet on hot sharp coals, now imagine that feeling on almost every step you take.
Plantar fasciitis, like most tendon related injuries, tends to be at its most painful after long periods of immobilization. This means that if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis your first step out of bed is sure to wake you up much faster than the coffee brewing down stairs.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by irritation or injury to the plantar Fascia, which is a thin ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes. Injury to the plantar fascia is usually caused by overuse or sudden hyper exaction due to hard soled, unstable or ill-fitting running shoes. Plantar fasciitis is a common injury for athletes who participate in a running based sport or soldiers engaging in long marches.
It’s plain and simple the common denominator for injuries pertaining to the plantar fascia are shoes. Unlike other ligament injuries intense physical therapy is not needed to heal this injury, all you need to do is take of your shoes (and socks) and walk. Walking barefoot allows the tissues that make up the plantar fascia to heal unimpeded by “arch support” and contours that make up the shoes design.
We have all tripped over our own feet, it’s nothing to worry about of course, but if you are someone who constantly finds themselves leaving the world of the vertical for brief vacations on the walking bare foot might just be the fix you need. Walking barefoot not only heals ligaments and muscles in the foot it also activates the vestibular system vestibular system, which is in charge of coordinating the body’s balance.
Surprisingly, your feet contain a staggering amount of individual muscles that work together to help your feet move, now that’s synergy. By walking barefoot your body is able to better activate individual muscles in the foot and simultaneously strengthen these muscles. In addition to the muscles in your feet, walking barefoot will also help to strengthen the muscles in the rest of your lower body.
Improves Posture and Posterior Chain
Standing might not seem like an effective rehabilitation workout, but, by simply standing in bare feet can do wonder for bad posture. Over time constantly walking and standing in uncomfortable (sometimes eve comfortable) shoes can force the body to compensate for the stress it feels y aligning itself in award and unhealthy slouching posture.
By standing without shoes on the body is able to realigning itself into a proper and natural position. Once your body has realigned itself movement, like bending over or twisting and turning, will begin to hurt less as the body has now created a proper posterior chain. (the alignment of the spinal cord and hips.)
By improving your posture you will also subconsciously improve your confidence. Humans like many mammals have physical stances that help dictate our emotions. By standing upright with your head up and shoulders back your body will begin to believe you are feeling proud and stress free, and so you will be.
Decreased Blood Pressure
The circulation of blood in the body can both cause and relieve many problems. If blood flow is restricted this can lead to cardiovascular problems such as hypertension. Studies have shown that walking barefoot can help to stimulate the nerve endings on the bottom of the feet, which can decrease blood pressure and alleviate stress.
Going barefoot is a great choice for anyone who frequently suffers from swelling of the feet. Shoes can restrict blood flow to feet causing them to swell and ache. By removing your shoes and allowing your feet to move freely you will experience much less swelling and foot irritation.
The phrase “the shoes don’t make the champion the champion makes the shoe” could not be more true. By removing your shoes and simply walking you will experience a wealth of benefits that will have you questioning why you ever spent so much time and energy looking for the “perfect” pair of shoes.
For more information on the benefits of walking barefoot visit Run Bare.