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This is how a well-known children’s song begins that you probably know. This article is about an area of ​​the human body that is unfortunately neglected by most people. Exactly, your feet! When you look at a person’s feet, they say a lot about their owner’s use and preferences when buying shoes. Visible primarily through the shape of the foot, but also through the formation of calluses and pressure points on the toes, pads and heel. Most shoes do not match the shape of the foot at all and narrow the entire foot, but especially the toes very tight. Unfortunately, the feet adapt to the shoes over time and not vice versa. If you wear shoes that are too tight, your toes will deform. Hammer / caral toes and hallux valgus can result. Heels exacerbate this problem as the load on the forefoot increases dramatically.

In addition, such shoes make functional, correct walking impossible. They are often too heavy, too inflexible, too little toe space and heels. All this does not correspond to the anatomy of our feet and ankles, changes the body statics and overloads the whole body. The high weight of the shoes makes a relaxed, light-footed walk impossible. The stiff and tight shape of the shoes prevents the foot from flexibly adapting to the ground and prevents the forefoot and toes from fanning out when put on. Paragraphs shift the body’s center of gravity and the body has to “reorganize”, but unfavorably, in order not to tip forward.

The most important thing when building a house is the foundation, because it supports the entire house. Nobody would think of building their house on a sloping foundation. Now the feet are the foundation of our body and everything above them is aligned accordingly. Almost no one thinks about this when buying shoes, unfortunately the shoe designers when drawing their models. Fashion determines what shoes look like and unfortunately has no idea of ​​the anatomy, let alone the biomechanics of the human body.

In a horse, each horseshoe is adapted to the animal’s hooves (feet) and not vice versa. No farrier would come up with the idea of ​​forging horseshoes with heels for optical reasons, that should give you food for thought.

The horseshoe should be adjusted so that the horse has a straight toe axis.

Now let’s see how the shape of the foot can change due to the change from heel to ball and the right footwear.

The human foot consists of 26 small bones, about the same number of joints, 60 muscles, more than 100 ligaments and over 200 tendons. All these structures are encased in or consist of fasciae and ensure that people can walk through life in an upright and "RELAXED" manner. But he can only do that if the feet can also do their job.

The saying: "Form follows function, function follows form" may be familiar to some or other blog readers. At a colleague of mine, after the ES session series, his shoe size decreased by one number. "That can’t be at all" has a well-known Dr. med. meant when I told her about it. But when I showed her have How the arch of the foot can rebuild when the knees point in the correct direction again and the foot changes as a result was astonished.

By switching from heel to ball walking, the foot shows when walking once forward and is no longer rotated on the heel. This not only relieves the feet themselves, but also the ankles, knees and hips benefit directly from the change and are significantly relieved. Even the cornea on the heels and toes regresses and the feet are better supplied with blood. But this can only happen if shoes are worn that are light, leave enough space for the foot, adapt flexibly to the surface and have no heels. If such shoes are worn over a long period of time, you walk barefoot a lot and the movement pattern changes, you can yourself Restore feet to their natural shape.

I am very often asked by my clients whether there are proper shoes at all and asked for recommendations on buying shoes. This usually happens in or after the second session, after we have worked intensively on our feet and legs and also learned to "walk properly" again.

I recommend you to look at the independent shoe tests by Dirk Beckmann (, then you already know how functional the corresponding shoes are and they are evaluated according to the different criteria. If the shoes cut off well, the optics can lead to a buying decision with a clear conscience.

The good news is that our bodies adapt for a lifetime and it’s never too late to change anything.

In this sense: Every journey begins with the first step, but from now on of course in the bale aisle &# 128521;


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