Can You Be Barefoot in a Shoe? How About a Sandal?

Feet. Do we need them?

There are 26 bones in the human foot, 33 joints, more than 100 muscles, and roughly the same number of sensory nerves that you have on the palms of your hands.  By the way, that’s the same amount of nerves as the inside of your mouth, and coincidentally, your genitals.

It should be pretty obvious that the foot is designed to be incredibly dynamic.  It is fundamentally sensitive and responsive.

The foot is capable of an extremely wide range of functional movement and sensory feeling.  It offers the possibility of stability in almost any context.

Your feet are your first and primary connection to the earth.  It is no wonder that they are the foundation of your entire postural system, and of your spiritual and emotional health. Every joint and muscle in your body has a stake in how well your feet do their job.

When you change your foot, you affect what rests upon them.  When you alter the position, mobility, stabilization, and sensory feedback of your foot, you directly disturb its natural relationship with your knees, hips, back, shoulders, neck, and head.  Shoes change your feet and body.

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