Foot Health Blog

Barefoot hiking: A gateway to flow state

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Flow state (aka "the zone") is a mental state of hyperfocus where one is fully immersed in the task at hand and is typically accompanied by an energetic and enjoyable mood. Not thinking of things you need to get done later, what you're eating for your next meal - nothing but the present moment. With so much sensory noise in the modern world (handheld technology being a big one), a state of flow is something most humans rarely encounter.      In trying to engineer my environment to produce a state of flow, I discovered barefoot hiking (among other things like...

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Why wear toe spreaders?

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I've been getting a lot of questions on Instagram with people asking what exactly toe spreaders do and why they should be wearing them - this blog post should clarify a lot of those questions and also give some guidance on how to use them for people who have purchased them.  What they do To put it simply, toe spreaders spread out your toes. Most modern shoes compress the front of our feet and squish our toes together. After enough time spent in narrow footwear the foot starts to change shape and develop a deformity to adapt itself to the...

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Healthy footwear

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What exactly is "healthy footwear"? To put it simply: it's footwear that lets your foot function properly. The human foot is jam packed with all the technology it needs to function optimally. Shoes that have the following features will eventually give you foot problems: -Cushioning (disrupts your connection to the ground below you) -Arch support (weakens your feet) -Elevated heels (not just high heels - most running shoes these days have an elevated heel) -Narrow forefoot that squishes your feet and toes   Wearing shoes with a wide forefoot, thin & flat sole, zero cushioning and no built in rigidity...

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What are barefoot shoes and are they right for me?

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Barefoot shoes let your feet function as if they were barefoot. They are flexible, wide and have a thin, flat sole. Modern footwear has gotten out of control and things like cushioning, arch support, elevated heels and built in rigidity are the main reason many humans today have problems with their feet. The human foot functions best barefoot. The more "technology" you have in your shoes the more poorly your feet can function until they can't take it anymore and start to become painful. Reclaim healthy feet by making the switch to barefoot footwear. Founded by Physical Therapists fed up...

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