The Barefooted Health Experience
I have just returned from a vacation in Spain and was thinking how much better my feet were feeling since I returned home. I did a little research to see if I could find out why things had improved so much; the following article were my findings.
With the arrival of warm weather, many individuals look forward to the sandal period – however others look forward to the barefoot season.
It used to be customary for kids especially to go barefoot in the spring and summer season, however our culture has altered and now shoes are the standard.
Going barefoot indoors in the winter season is not unusual, either, in this day and age of centrally heated homes. Removing the shoes and going barefoot now and then – or regularly if possible – can have some real barefooted health benefits.
- Less Ingrown Toenails – Going barefoot – or “bare-footing” – can reduce your chances of developing ingrown toenails. If you have had them previously, going barefoot could avoid them from occurring once again. Without the confining pressure of shoes on the toes, nails can expand easily and correctly
- Less Sportsman’s Foot and Toe nail Fungus – Fungus does not thrive when it is continuously exposed to light and air. Going barefoot can lower toenail fungus or athlete’s foot for this reason
- Establishing Foot Structure – Infants and children who are accustomed to going barefoot or putting on thin-soled shoes often have much more powerful arches in their feet. Studies have actually revealed that wearing shoes as children can lead to the formation of flat feet
- Joints – When you use shoes, especially shoes with heels, your central balance is thrown off. Your back has to compensate, and your joints need to work while being slightly out of positioning. Over a period of time, this can put pressure on joints and cause discomfort. Going barefoot urges proper placement of the hips and knees. There have been cases where individuals with painful backs, legs, and feet found their pain greatly minimized or eliminated after they began going barefoot regularly and often
- Pain in the back – Going barefoot, as noted above, promotes placement of the joints. This includes the back, which has to arch uncomfortably to compensate for thick-soled or heeled shoes. Bare-footing has actually even been revealed to minimize post-injury pain in the back yet another barefooted health benefit
- Another health benefit of going barefoot, problems often lessen considerably – Proponents of barefoot walking report that corns, hammer toes, joint problems, and various other foot discomforts at some point vanished as they went barefoot
- Muscle Advancement – Your legs and feet have muscles that were made to walk and move. Going Barefoot uses this natural toning program, creating more powerful foot and leg muscles
- As your feet move normally and easily in barefoot walking, your blood circulation is boosted. Blood responds to your heart more quickly than if you were using confining shoes, due to the fact that – as mentioned above – you are toning your leg muscles. Think about it as massaging your legs each time you walk barefoot, working the blood back to the heart