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A barrier to total health?

The only medicine you will ever need!


The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

                                                                                              Thomas A. Edison

Healthy living has been a consistent theme throughout my blog posts, which involves exercise, healthy foods and medical care.  These are the cornerstones of prevention of injury and disease.  Yet in my field of podiatry, I encounter multiple patients that do everything right and still wind up in my office.  There is something that is preventing my patients from living an active lifestyle. 

With that thought in mind, I recently turned back to the barefoot running craze.  My views on barefoot running are well-known and are stated in a previous blog post.  Some barefoot running is beneficial as coaches have been using it as part of their training programmes for decades.  But there is always a possibility of injury with barefoot running, more likely than shoe-wearing running. Why?  I suggested in my previous blog entry, it is due to shoegear causing muscular changes in the feet, making them unfit and at a disadvantage to be able to run barefoot.   The natural activity of running barefoot is ruined by the unnatural usage of shoegear.  Shoegear is the only logical culprit of muscular imbalances, faulty biomechanics, joint deformities and gait abnormalities of the entire body.  In other words, shoegear may be the limiting factor for achieving healthy living.

Effect on the feet

Effect on the body


Three elements of shoegear can cause a destructive process of the body: the elevated heel, the toe spring and the narrow toe-box/curved shoe last.  Each of these elements will be discussed in detail individually in future blog entries, along with possible detailed preventative mechanisms to allow you to live in a shoe-wearing society. I hope by the end of this series, you will have a clearer understanding of why feet are the foundation for total health!

Happiness and good health!

January 5, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Edison is right…I should say prevention is better..a good diet and a right care for your body therefore a good foundation for a total health

    Comment by podiatry | January 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. […] my previous blog post, I talked about the destructive process of shoegear and its resultant changes on our bodies.  […]

    Pingback by The unhealthy “lift” « Armstrong Podiatry & Sports Health's Blog | January 21, 2011 | Reply

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