Cultures that routinely wear shoes have higher incidences of foot deformities and pain than cultures that go barefoot, says podiatrist Paul Langer, DPM. In an ideal world, we’d all be safe and comfortable walking around barefoot all the time, he says. And while there are some ways to increase time without shoes, very few of us can reasonably give them up completely. With that reality in mind, here are some of our experts’ top tips for minimizing the adverse effects of shoes.
|Dr. Paul Langer
“Our movement patterns are as unique as our signature,” explains Dr. Langer, “and anything that causes us to deviate from our preferred movement pattern will cause us to work harder, be less metabolically efficient, fatigue sooner, and increase our risk of injury.” If you are free of foot pain, he recommends choosing running shoes based on what feels right. “Since comfort and movement patterns are very complex and can’t be measured, we recommend that people try shoes on, make comparisons, and then select the most comfortable shoe.”
Source: Lauren Bedosky, Experience Life [January-February 2019]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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