Minimalist style shoes will help your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and core get stronger and more conditioned. There is an adjustment period. Your feet may hurt if you stand a lot during the day because these shoes provide far less padding. Since shoes give so much cushion and support, your foot stops supporting, the adjust period is your foot getting stronger and resetting to its natural state. After your foot adjusts you won't feel the lack of cushion and support in your shoes.

FOOTWEAR 👣 Instead of recommending specific footwear models, we prefer to educate our followers on what to look for when purchasing footwear. That knowledge gives you the power to evaluate any shoe you might be looking at and determine whether its good for your feet/body or not 👣 One of the biggest things to look for is a flat shoe. No higher at the heel than at the toe - hard to find but very important in avoiding the postural and mechanical problems that result from ramped footwear (like quad dominance and short heel cords) 👣 Next on the list is a wide forefoot - the human foot is designed to splay when you stand. The toes spread apart and the foot widens to create a stable base for your body. Most shoes are far too narrow and it compresses and damages our feet along with their ability to function properly 👣 Third is finding a shoe with minimal to no cushioning. The 8000+ nerve endings in your feet are designed to sense the ground and relay that information to your brain. Cushioning is like putting a blindfold on your feet and messes with your movement patterns leading to things like heel striking when running that causes a ton of problems upstream at the knee, hip and back 👣 Better footwear = better feet = better movement = better health. Prioritize function over style with footwear and take ownership over the health of your machine, its nobody’s responsibility but your own 👣 If you do want some suggestions for quality barefoot brands - Vibram, Vivobarefoot and Lunasandal make TFC approved footwear that let your feet function like they're barefoot 👣 #thefootcollective #transitiontobarefoot #barefoot #footwear #shoes #running #run #balance #yoga #squat #foothealth #rehab #flatfeet #betterfootwear #movement #painfree #jiujitsu #dance #footpain #foot #crossfit #fitness #health #strongfeet #kneepain #biomechanics #beinformed #physio

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Awesome post from @optimize.physiotherapy taken from his running essentials series a while back ・・・ Running essentials series #6: footwear 👣 Big toe, foot, and ankle mechanics are very important as a runner. Your shoe should ideally allow your foot and ankle to function normally and naturally. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to footwear: 👣 A wide toe box is essential to allow your foot to splay. The foot naturally widens towards the toes, so a shoe that crams the toes together is working against you. The foot should be able to become mobile and buffer impact as it hits the ground, and the toes (big toe especially) must be free to move and push off each stride 👣 Transitioning to a smaller heel is something to aim for as a runner. Most running shoes have heels in them, and many can have significant heels (as seen in the bottom picture). A heel like this will throw off our running mechanics and promote more of a heel strike. It will also modify how we use the calf/Achilles complex to spring us forward. A heel will play into ankle and calf stiffness by having the ankle work in a shortened ROM. 👣 Look for less of a drop in your shoe, and gradually reduce the heel height over time while working on ankle ROM and tissue health 👣 A shoe shouldn't modify how you run. Having a huge cushion in your heel is also a bad idea, as it will allow for a heel strike and ultimately send the impact forces elsewhere - upstream to the knee, hip and low back. Choose your footwear wisely, and be smart about transitioning 👣 #running #run #marathon #footwear #shoes #runningshoes #movement #mechanics #physiotherapy #athlete #ottawa #613 #footcare #trackandfield #marathon #rehab #prehab #ankle #healthybody #technique #mechanics

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