In the beginning, man walked in bare-footed over uneven ground. With the advent of civilisation, man enclosed his feet in shoes and the surfaces on which he walked became increasingly hard: concrete, asphalt, tiled floors, etc. But, hard surfaces don’t absorb the shock waves created by walking, and these pass through the entire body.
Did you know?
There are different sorts of feet.:
The foot has a small surface area for adapting to the ground and must support the human body, which has a large surface area: this situation causes instability. The foot is where our body comes into contact with the ground, hence the important role it plays in postural balance. A plantar orthotic contributes to foot stability and therefore to postural alignment.
Unique: Your foot has its own particular morphology (size, volume and shape). Foot types are commonly known as either normal, high- arched or flat, but there are an infinite number of combinations of size, volume and shape. Each foot leaves an absolutely unique footprint.
So why do we all wear the same mass-produced shoes?
Changing: Your foot changes throughout your life. At 30 you won’t have the same feet as you had at 20.
Your foot adapts to your body naturally.
Sensitive: Your feet support you every day and it is through your feet that you feel a very large number of sensations. They act like sensors that will have either a good or a harmful effect on your entire body.
Have you ever felt pain such as cramp or tendinitis?
Alive: Your foot behaves in a unique way. It reacts constantly to the stresses and strains on it. It constantly varies between pronation and supination. When running, in some cases it can lengthen by up to 1.5 cm.
Have you ever had a blister or overheated feet?
Complex: Because it is so complex, we don’t know exactly how a foot works, and to date we haven’t been able to reproduce exactly how the foot moves. In your foot there are 28 bones (between them your feet contain a quarter of the bones in your skeleton), 16 joints, 107 ligaments and 27 muscles. Once their muscle strength starts to diminish, your feet have a tendency to sag, become deformed and absorb fewer shock waves.
Has your foot ever complained ? No… but you have (ouch, I’ve sprained something !)
Your base: Your foot is the base of your body. All your weight is supported by a few square centimeters. Your foot acts as a stabilizer, shock-absorber and a booster. It therefore plays an essential role in maintaining your body’s balance and well-being.
Has it ever occurred to you that the pain in your joints could come from your feet?