In my home we have a custom, we don’t wear shoes inside the house.
There are two reasons for this.
The main reason is, of course, to keep things cleaner, specially the carpet – I love a clean and tidy home.
The other reason has to do with the health of the feet – you will see what I mean further down.
Now, do you like your feet and how much attention do you give to them?
Most people I know, don’t like their feet and they’d rather not think about them.
As a result, bunions, hammer toes, toes with little or no mobility, are a common sight in my classes.
This week (and next week), I want to inspire you to love your feet. I’m going to show you how amazing they are and the important job they do.
Here’s something that might be new to you: good posture starts with the feet!
The foot, alone has 33 joints, 26 bones and many more muscles and ligaments all of which need movement and articulation.
The feet are the foundation of the body and the toes a major part of that foundation.
Just like the tripod of your camera, the feet support what’s above it, they support you.
In order for your tripod to support your camera it needs to be open and spread. If it isn’t then your camera won’t be stable. The same goes for squeezed and inflexible feet and toes, the support, they are designed to give you, will no longer be effective.
Shoes and, indeed socks, that offer a narrow and tight fitting will squeeze your feet including your toes which not only reduces blood circulation but will also deform your feet over time. In the long term, common ailments such as bunions and hammer toes can develop.
You can have beautiful and healthy feet no matter how old you are.
It all depends on how you treat them throughout life.
The state of your feet today, it is very much a reflection of how they have been taken care of, until now and nothing to do with how old you are.
Also, it is important to note that the functionality of the feet affects the functionality of the knees and pelvis and in turn, it influences the way we stand, walk and our ability to balance.
Many knee, hip and back complains have their root problem in the feet.
Whatever state you feet are in today, don’t be discouraged.
If you start taking care of them and give them the attention they need, the chances are they will get better or at least they won’t get any worse.
Now, we all have to wear shoes and socks but what happens when you are at home? Do you still wear shoes and socks?
So, coming back to the second reason why I don’t wear shoes at home, it’s because I like to free my feet at home and to relieve them from the stress of the day – no more shoes or heels or tight socks. This is the best thing we can do to ensure healthier feet.
Barefoot is best for the feet but, if you want to wear socks at home, wear your ‘dad’s socks’ ie large socks or soft (sock like) slippers that allow the feet/toes to spread and be free from tightness.
Whatever you choose to wear on your feet at home just be sure it is flat, soft and allows the toes to spread.
Please be very mindful of your choice of slippers. I see a lot of slippers, some fancy and expensive, that replicate the shoes we wear out (I show you examples below).
These give little support to the feet, are tight and some even have heels or thick soles, please, please don’t go for these if you want to take good care of your feet – see my recommendations below.
Also, please be aware of flip-flops – see my blog post here.
I will show you in the video what I wear on my feet at home.
I love my feet and I treat them just like my hands. Every night I massage them with lotion and play with the toes to keep them mobile and flexible (see video).
I hope that I have inspired you to love your feet too and that by now you understand how important it is to take good care of them.
Next week, I will show you more ways to take care of your feet, what I do myself to take care of my feet and will bring you a ‘foot diet’ for healthier feet.
If you want to know more about how to care for your feet I can recommend two books for you, see below.
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I have done some slippers research for you and here are a few links to slippers I recommend for adults and children:
And here is a selection of slippers to keep away from because they are either tight fitting or are difficult to keep on the feet (and your feet have to work extra hard) or they are unstable or have heels or a combination of it all.
If you want to read more about how to have healthy feet, I recommend any of these books:
These are the lotion and oils I mention in the video:
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