Your feet are quite literally, your foundation, your base, your roots.
They are one of the areas of the body that are all to often forgotten.
How many people do you know older than 25-30 that have good looking, natural ( as you were born with, wide feet and straight toes?
My guess is ZERO!
The correct alignment of the bones in your feet will give you the optimum movement for years to come if you look after them.
You could face many years of pain and discomfort not to mention being embarrassed about getting them out in public if you choose “conventional” footwear.
Squash you feet into restrictive shoes and you will suffer the consequences.
By consequences I mean:
- Poor Movement
- Poor Function
Ignore this, and you could own a pair of useless, ugly stumps by 40, or 50.
Harsh but true!
One of the most common issues I see is flat feet (Collapsed Arches).
Collapsed arches can affect the whole body alignment and movement.
Bad knees and painfull bad backs are just some of the most common problems that can be associated with feet and ankles problems.
It’s been argued for years that people with collapsed arches need to support their feet with special insoles.
However, in my professional experience since 2006 I believe this type of treatment further weakens the feet which leads to long term reliance on such devices.
Example; years ago I trained with and around many professional bodybuilders that would support their back injuries with a weightlifting belt.
Through believing they were doing the right thing and not giving any thought to improving the strength of the core, inevitably they then relied on the belt constantly.
Word of warning.
I would advise against a transition from supported arches to bare minimum shoes/flats.
When I transitioned, I was already building strength and correcting function.
I suffered from that deep tearing/stinging/ tingling feeling in my arches years, by no coincidence, I also experienced lower back pain.
I’m in no way saying you will experience the same thing, however.
If you want to increase your movement longevity.
My advice is to Let Your Feet Be Feet.
I own and advocate both Vibram 5 fingers
and Vivobare foot shoes.
Fivefingers I’ve been waring since 2010
Vivo since may 2018
My feet have changed shape so much that I’ve pretty much had to stop wearing regular shoes. By regular shoes I mean those that squash your toes together, not allowing for space between them.
The other side to this is,
If you aren’t actively going to participate in exercise/movement on a daily bases. And most of your time is spent sitting down, then insoles may support you.
However, you will rely on them for life.
The opinions on the page are my own.
I’m not making claims are quoting the manufacturers.
Wearing minimalistic footwear does come with risks.
Those being that if don’t allow for a transition time from wearing normal “traditional” shoes, you could injure yourself.
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Recommended Transitional Time from Traditional to Minimalistic Footwear
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|5 hours per day||6 hours per day||7 hours per day||8 hours per day|