Meeting A Goal - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 9th, 2015
09:19 pm - Meeting A Goal
I think it's been a few years now since I wrote about my interest in walking so that my feet point straight ahead. I have not given up on that. I've kept working on it with my Egoscue exercises. Lately, I've added toe-separating socks to wear at night and walking barefoot on my daily walks. I've been doing these new practices for about 6 weeks now. The sand in the roads around our neighborhood is generally soft and beach-like right now... perfect for barefoot walking. Although, I have to admit that when I first started even the soft sand, with it's occasional sharp rocks, was hurting my feet. I had become such a tenderfoot! It was embarrassing considering I hardly ever wore shoes in the summer as a child.
Anyway, I remember a post I wrote where I noticed the shoe prints of someone who had perfectly straight feet walking along my same walking route. I was intrigued, and I tried tracking the person to see where they lived. I wanted to see for myself if this person actually stood with feet straight ahead and had that much-coveted (to me) perfect alignment when they walked. Alas, their footprints disappeared and I lost them. Well, today I was taking my sunset walk and I turned around and noticed my footprints in the soft sand. They pointed straight ahead. They were perfectly-spaced. And I had to gleefully note that now I am the one with the footprints to admire. (I'm probably only one of a small handful of people in the world that would think that's admirable, however!) It was such a satisfying discovery.
I must add that there is so much more to correct in body alignment than having feet that are pointing in the right direction. If your feet point outward, there is a good chance that your hips are wonky. That has to be corrected in order for feet to point straight ahead. In my case, I have tight psoas muscles which seem to create many problems: back aches and tight hips to name a few. I have adopted a whole-body approach to feeling better, and Egoscue is perfect for that. I am also reading Katy Bowman, a biomechanist, who really emphasises foot health. I do many foot exercises a day as part of my health practices. My feet are feeling so much more flexible and alive! Really! She talks a lot about "casts" and the many casts we put on our bodies without realizing it and how bad they are for us. (Belts,for example.) Our shoes are casts for our feet (think foot-binding in Chinese history). Most people's feet are very deformed-looking, but since most of us have grown up wearing shoes from toddlerhood, everyone's deformed feet look normal to us. Crowded toes are a sign of casting. Toes need to be separated a bit to function correctly. That's why I've been wearing toe-separating socks. I love them! Very comfortable and they do the job. Toes need to be able to bend and flex easily and move independently to be healthy. My footprint in the sand shows clearly-delineated toes, with a good spread, and as Esther Gokale, another mentor of mine, says "a kidney-bean-shaped foot" with a healthy arch.
Yay for meeting goals!