Reasons why You might be Barefoot

(If even one of these sounds familiar, try taking your shoes off.)

85% of all Americans seek medical treatment for foot-related pain. By comparison, only 3% of people in barefoot populations have debilitating foot problems"

"New research shows that, aside from trauma, our footwear is most often to blame"

"The cushioning effect of conventional footwear inhibits the sensory stimulus (to the sole of the foot) that is needed to trigger the proper muscle function required to align the bones for optimal stability"

"Rigid soled and enclosed footwear restricts the full foot flexion necessary to manage impact stresses effectively. Rigid soles inhibit natural walking and running dynamics and increase the forces the foot must manage. Shallow toe boxes restrict the natural toe movement required to form a strong stable arch. Tight lacing inhibits the natural raising of the arch in response to increased loads, causing the foot to flatten, which promotes inefficient bone alignment and structural instability that weakens the restricted muscles and causes other muscles to fatigue from overwork."

-- What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot grasp the fact that a human foot is more noble than the shoe and human skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed. --Michelangelo

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