Feet are amazing!

Feet blog post

Who would have thought that feet were so important in our day-to-day lives.  As I write this blog, I am mindful of people that don’t have feet.  Like my daughter, she is a bilateral amputee and has had to learn to walk again without feet.  I guess I want to impart on you the love that you need for your feet.

There are 26 bones in your feet. That’s a lot of bones all at once.  All different shapes and sizes ensure we walk using the least amount of energy that we can, in a stabilised form that creates the human gait. All of the bones in your feet have their own particular job.  They also have ligaments, muscles cartilage and connective tissue that create the form of our feet.  For many many years, we have been taught to squash our feet into pointy fashionable shoes, both men and women and to wear heels to elongate our calves to create a more “appealing” leg shape. All to the demise of our feet. Our centre of gravity and stability. 

You can divide the foot into bone groups, tarsals, metatarsals, and phalanges. Another way to divide the foot is by rearfoot, (calcaneus and talus). Midfoot, (cuneiform, navicular, and cuboid), and forefoot (metatarsals and phalanges).  Each section of the foot is created to carry load through the foot and movement as we run, dance, and walk. I suppose I’m of the opinion, from the interest of movement, that we squash our feet into slim-fitting shoes and then expect them to work accordingly to give us our normal foot function. Wearing tight-fitting shoes over many years will change the shape of your foot, undoubtedly, and you will begin to feel pain and discomfort. Bunions, calluses, corns, and our usual mode of defence is that these conditions are hereditary. Katy Bowman has a BS in Kinesiology with biomechanics as an option.  Katy is a movement specialist who speaks from the biomechanics viewpoint, educating many on the art of movement, for movement’s sake, and for the strengthening of our bodies as we age. Katy says that shoes play a huge part in the development of injury as we age.  

The foot has such an important part to play in your body. It has a relationship to your leg to your pelvic floor, to your gait, to the way your hips move, and your spine work we really do need to look after our feet.  It is time to stop abusing them and asking them to work when they are compromised by tight restrictive footwear.

Our feet are magnificent in regard to spongy and firm bones to absorb shock as we walk. Forming a scaffold that keeps us moving and provides the ability to twist and move to allow us to spring off our feet as we need.  To transfer weight through the foot, so that we can amble on our walks and skip through puddles.

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