Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Agony of De-Feet

How much do you know about the unsung heroes of your body, the ones that hold you up and keep you moving? Take this short quiz and equip yourself to treat your feet better.

How many bones are in each foot?
a. 12
b. 16
c. 22
d. 26

How many arches are in each foot?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

Are shoes good for your feet?
a. Yes, wear shoes as often as possible
b. Yes, but only if you wear orthotics
c. No, stay barefoot as much as you can
d. The jury is out

Each foot has 26 bones with the capacity for almost as much movement as the hand. Three arches create a pyramid in the foot that, when balanced, evenly support the entire weight of the body. This site has good diagrams of the bones and arches:

Unfortunately, feet don’t get the opportunity to realize their full potential. We almost always walk on flat ground in shoes that prevent articulation of the bones. Some people do need to wear shoes and orthotics, but most of us would benefit from a regular barefoot walk on a forest path, rocky river bank, or grassy terrain.

“You Walk Wrong” claims Adam Sternbergh in New York Magazine. His insightful and funny article can be read here: On a similar note, I wrote an article years ago entitled “Your Feet are in a Straightjacket”

You don’t need to forgo shoes, just give your feet a little TLC and some variety. It will be good for your entire body.

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