Friday, May 23, 2008

You walk wrong

"It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot. But we’re wrecking it with every step we take."

Nymag covers an interesting post regarding how we are abusing our feet everyday and what we can do about it, a must read.

Feet is a very important part of our body and crappy feet put a lot of stress on whole of our body. Our body is connected all over the joints using fascia. Fascia is a massive sheath of connective tissue that surrounds everything inside your body. Right from top to bottom you are covered in fascia.

Moving upwards they pull calf muscle which in turn put a lot of stress on our knees, now through IT bands the pain moves toward opposite hips now it crosses across the body toward the shoulder. So you can see that the chronic pain in our shoulder could be a result of problem in you foot.

Here are some suggestion to fix your feet.

  • Change your shoes: Ladies ditch your heels, and same goes for men stop wearing shoes with heels or cushioning in the heels that most shoes have. Stick with flat shoes or one with minimal support like nike frees, I personally use good old converse shoes for everyday activity, even for running.
  • Walk Barefoot: Make a point of walking barefoot in your house, this will help strengthening the ankles and improving our feet quality. Our ancestors walks barefoot and do not face any issues in there feet, while we modern men using these highly cushioned shoes experience lot of foot related ailment, something is wrong here.
  • Foam rolling: Take a hard tennis ball and roll beneath each of your foot for 1 minute, 2-3 times a day.
  • Never land on your heels: Always land softly on you heels and simultaneously on your mid foot , and your knees would be lot better. landing on heels but a lot of stress on knees and is not natural to us. watch a kid walking.
Stay healthy.
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