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Change Your Shoes

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As you begin to naturally balance, correct footwear will become extremely important in reinforcing and maintaining your alignment.  


Most people walk from the outer corner of their heel to the big toe. This is called pronation. Less common is supination, stepping from the inside of the heel toward the little toe. These improper walking patterns indicate miss position of the hips and imbalance of the leg and foot muscles.   


An unbalanced stride will be evident by the wear pattern on the soles and insoles of our shoes. CHANGE YOUR SHOES!  Every time you wear worn shoes you position your hips, legs, and brain to walk out of balance. This completely undermines all of your efforts toward a naturally aligned, balanced-body, pain-free life.   


A correct stride is neutral and level, from the center of the heel to the center of the ball of the foot, with all toes spreading to keep the body in balance. This neutral posture will come over time. Having a firm foundation for walking will allow a new natural stride to occur. You will probably change your shoes several times during this healing/alignment process.   


Here are the criteria for good shoes:  

  • Since the stride begins at the heel, a good shoe will enclose the heel or strap around below the ankle bone and have a firm grip on the heel.
  • There should be a stable support for your natural arch.
  • The length and width of the shoe should allow for movement of the toes as they spread. The toe area can be open or have a wide toe box. There should be 1/2 inch from your longest toe to the tip of the shoe.
  • The sole should be flexible to allow for the natural flex or bending at the ball of the foot.
  • Ladies dress shoes should have a chunky heel and a height of less than 2 inches.

Having your feet measured for correct size is a good idea too. And evening is the best time, as your foot bones are loose and will spread their maximum width on the measuring guide.  


Be balanced .  .  be well!