August 10, 2015

Moving Barefoot

Moving naturally is something most people have completely lost the ability to do, especially with their feet. Most peoples feet are shaped like the shoes they wear on a regular basis and their ligaments, muscles and joints are adapted to their regular footwear, and not for the better. 

A lot of people know they have a problem but they don't know how to go about working with it or fixing it. Walking barefoot is the most natural thing to do but typically most people can't do it, at least right away or for very long. Some people may never be able to go back to wearing minimal footwear or walking barefoot for longer periods of time.

If you have been wearing shoes your whole life with a large heel and you instantly go to a minimal shoe with no heel odds are you are going to give yourself Achilles problems, plantar fascistic or even possibly fracture your foot. You have to make a very slow transition towards wearing minimal footwear.

The best way to go about doing this is to find a shoe that has a heel toe drop that is only 2-4 mm less than the shoe you are currently wearing. Wear these shoes for at least 6 months to a year without injury and then move down from there.

Runners Performance Store can easily help you find shoes that would fit this criteria.

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