The article “Heel Thyself: Area Practitioners Offer Different Takes on Cause, Treatment of Leading Foot Complaint” that came out in the Jan. 30 Mountain Xpress was very interesting. But it does seem odd to me that with all the various foot problems suffered by people in our modern society, the obvious solution is not special devices to fix your feet or to wear special shoes, but to stop wearing shoes at all.
It has been estimated that approximately 90 percent of all foot problems are either directly caused by or exacerbated by shoe-wearing. Prescribing a different type of shoe will never get to the root cause of these problems, which is basically that any kind of shoe does damage to feet over time.
During a long working career when I was required to wear closed shoes, my own feet were severely damaged as a result, even requiring several surgeries to correct some of the problems. When I was able to retire, I was determined to have healthy feet again. So, after considerable research into any and all legal, medical and health issues related to going barefoot all the time and everywhere, I made the decision to never wear shoes again.
That was 16 years ago, and my feet are now the strongest and healthiest part of my body.
Human feet were designed and intended to function and serve us well without “support” or otherwise needing to be covered or bound up in footwear. There is no logical reason why anyone would ever need to have their feet covered or “protected” by shoes or other footwear, with the exception of certain conditions that would immediately or very quickly cause injury or damage, such as extreme weather conditions, caustic chemicals, fire or similar conditions. Mere risk or “what if?” are not necessarily good or logical reasons for needing footwear, but only personal preferences.
— Kriss Sands