Foot Health · 26 March 2013

It is important to take care of your feet.

I spent the latter part of last week and half of the weekend standing on concrete and my feet were not sore. At least not for very long. More importantly, my knees and back felt great too.

I have touted the benefits of wearing minimalist shoes since I changed to them at the end of last summer. Those shoes with large toe boxes, no arch support, and no drop from heel to toe have been a huge benefit to my body. (The only complaint I have had about these shoes is that my feet get cold in them.) Last week after standing all day three days straight for my team’s FIRST Robotics competition, I realized that walking and standing all day is what I do almost every day. There were few differences between normal and last week except that last week, I was on a harder surface than normal. Fortunately, my body still took it all in stride. So to speak.

I must admit that my feet were a bit sore each evening, but that soreness lasted for much less than an hour. But the big change from the past was not having any back or knee soreness. As a matter of fact, the only time I ever feel any back pain anymore is when I sit for too long.

Our feet support our whole bodies when we stand, walk, run, and play – essentially, anytime we are not sitting or lying down. That is why we need to take care of them.

From my perspective, putting my feet in minimalist shoes is an important part of taking care of my body because doing so takes care of my feet.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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