Our feet are one of the most important and complex parts of our body, yet we often take them for granted. In today’s world, footwear has become a symbol of comfort and style, but are these shoes actually benefiting our feet? It seems that our incredibly comfortable and supportive footwear is creating lazy feet.
A recent study published in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology found that people who wore shoes with thick soles and arch support had weaker foot muscles than those who went without shoes. This is because the shoes do all the work for the feet, so the muscles don’t have to work as hard. Over time, this leads to weaker foot muscles and poor foot control.
Another study found that our modern-day shoes also alter the way we walk. Shoes with a higher heel cause us to land on the heel, rather than the midfoot or forefoot, which is our body’s natural way of walking. This changes the alignment of our joints and puts stress on our knees and hips.
So, what can we do to strengthen our foot muscles and avoid these problems? Highly specialised physiotherapists and osteopaths at CBR Clinics can help with any problems related to feet with poor control. They can provide exercises and techniques to improve foot strength and control, as well as advice on the type of shoes to wear.
It’s important to remember that our feet need to work properly to support our bodies. Although it may be tempting to opt for the most comfortable and supportive shoes on the market, it’s important to consider the impact they may have on our foot muscles and overall health. Seek advice from our specialists if necessary and take care of your feet – they’ll thank you later.
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