Many of you know that I am an advocate of going barefoot whenever possible. Studies show that a barefoot childhood will result in fewer instances of deformed toes, greater foot flexibility, stronger foot muscles, greater agility, better hip circumduction and more flexibility of the gluteal and hamstring muscles and greater ability to touch their toes.
When you go barefoot, you stand more upright and posture improves. Since the foot and the spine contain the most proprioceptive sensory receptors, natural unrestricted movement of the feet is vital for overall neurological well-being. These factors have lifelong consequences for a healthy, functional nervous system.
Adults who go barefoot have naturally shaped feet, straighter toes, free of corns, hammer toes, bunions and calluses, well-shaped legs resulting from a natural and balanced gait, a more natural motion, free of the wight brought on by shoes, prevention of blisters , ingrown toenails and plantar warts.
Barefoot running and exercise is becoming a growing practice showing better performance, less ankle sprains, less plantar fasciitis and less lower back disc problems due to more of a natural motion and foot awareness. Many top companies are trying to produce shoes that can emulate the bare foot such as Nike "free" and Merrill. Going barefoot, your feet and legs tire less, circulation is better and endurance is increased.
In addition; going barefoot is an additional remedy to varicose veins, slipped disc and athletes foot. Kids should go barefoot as often as possible, yes even with "flat feet" . You want to develop the muscles of the feet which will hold you for the rest of your life. Beach walking is an excellent exercise done barefoot as is Yoga and Martial arts which are always done barefoot. If you have been a shoe person all your life, you will have to start slow to develop all those muscles again. Start by wearing none in the house and when stretching.
When you come in for your adjustments, be sure to kick off your shoes. I will check your feet as the alignment of the foot is the beginning of the chain. If your feet are off, you can be sure that the rest of the spinal alignment above will follow, decreasing the whole bodies over all pe.
Yours in health, Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC 86 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042 973-744-9880 www.PosturePerfectChiropractic.com
Dr. Kim Maziarz Carlucci, DC
I have been a chiropractor for since 1996 but an athlete since I played baseball with the boys in the early pee wee leagues. I continued with sports throughout my high school career: softball, basketball, skiing and competitive horseback riding. In chiropractic school I was introduced to functional exercise and structural rehabilitation and continue to do this type of exercise to this day with great success.