Feet are incredibly supportive appendages at the end of our legs. Made of 26 bones, and acting as an anchor for over 100 different tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It seems insulting to shove them into colorful, overly small rubber coverings to impress others. Many people are put in shoes before they even walk for the amusement of others, removing the ability to experience precious stimuli that might make our feet grow strong and able to support all our activities. After our feet become weak from trying to fit inside our shoes, our toes grow closer together.

Eventually we lose the relationship with our toes because we haven’t needed them. At some point our body says ‘enough, your feet are going to hurt until something is done.’ So we take meds, and see specially trained foot torture artists to design special pads to make our feet even more supported, orthotics. We say to our feet “You are ineffective, continue to grow weak, you don’t need to do your job because I have made these things to do your job instead.”

We could rip our shoes off, and stare at our toes and say ‘I need you, please wiggle, please press into the ground and propel me forward again”. Your foot would do it, you could do circles with your ankles, and wiggle your toes, and do calf raises at varying directions daily  to remind your body what is needed there. You’ll probably get a different orthotic, or take a day off from those high heels.

Your feet need to be spread out, and working. It’s the best thing for you. Your base, your roots, they need to be strong. Extremely strong. You absolutely would not regret it if they were. Your foot was meant to be it’s widest at the toes. More than 80% of the shoes out there are pointed, rounded, and possibly too short.

We are lucky that I am not nearly the first person to learn this, and many brands of shoes are out there making shoes that are wide. I’m not sure if you read my earlier article about ‘Toe Dwelling’, but if your shoe is high in the back, and low in the front guess where your weight is going to end up!? Right in your toes, and if you can manage to avoid it in those nice tennis and basketball shoes, high heels, fashion kicks, another part of your body is changing the distribution, likely your pelvic and lumber (lower back) position.

If you are part of the majority, please take out your foot and give it hug. You’re a foot abuser. Rehab is easy, remind your foot you need it by using it and giving it time to adapt. Depending on how long you’ve been abusing your foot time will vary, you might need to roll it around on a tennis ball or a lacrosse ball under your desk, in the morning, or at night. You might need to get some toe spreaders. You may need to take walks barefoot.

Wiggle your toes until they are more like fingers. Stop wearing flip flops. Get out of your high heels, you social position will be fine. Find some foot shaped shoes, throw away those orthotics as soon as you can bear it. Make it up to your foot, and your foot will make it up to you.

I became aware of foot abuse in 2012, when my knees were killing me from the sheer force created by my raised heel. I switched to completely flat shoes. I learned about the ideal shape of a foot and began flexible, wide, shoes in 2016. I couldn’t possible stand wearing anything else at this point, and I’m stronger and more stable than ever. I enjoy walking my dog through the parking lot, over the rocks, and throughout the dog park, sometimes even in the woods barefoot. My painful calluses have shrunk and are flexible, my feet are tough and strong as hell. Aside from my car wreck, knee pain is a thing of the past, and I can do pretty much any exercise or weight with or without rubber foot covers.

I have one brand of shoe I am very passionate about, and that is Xero. I am an affiliate, though I have only given my link to friends and clients up until this point. If you would like to join in feet positivity my way, take a look by clicking on the stop foot abuse banner or by clicking here