I’ve written a lot about feet recently because our feet are hugely important to our health and well-being. They are our foundations, and, as with all vertical structures, if the foundations aren’t sound the structures above are at risk.
Even if your feet don’t hurt, they may be causing pain or dysfunction elsewhere in your body. Immobility and/or poor alignment of your feet can lead to knee problems, sacro-iliac joint dysfunction, low back pain, shoulder problems, neck ache, even cardiovascular strain: if the vascular (blood vessel) part of your cardiovascular system isn’t functioning to it’s optimum capacity – which it won’t be if you are not in good alignment – the cardio part (your heart) has to do more work.
So what can you do to improve your foundations?
Go barefoot as often as you can
Wear shoes that give your feet room to breathe (see Shoe Rant)
Get your pelvis over your heels (see How To Stand With Good Posture)
Mobilise your feet (see Foot Mobility)
Address your mid-foot (see Rotational Feet)
And your toes (see Toes Waving)
Activate your arches in standing