1. one side of the sole of your shoe wears out faster than the other ;
  2. you frequently sprain your ankle;
  3. you have chronic heel, knee or lower back pain;
  4. your shins hurt;
  5. your toes are not straight;
  6. your feet point inward or excessively outward when you walk; or your feet hurt in general.

 Importance of Feet

The foot contains 26 bones, up to 2 sesamoid bones, and many small structures which support and balance the weight of the entire body.

  • Walking puts up to 1.5 times one's body weight on the foot.
  • Every time you step forward, we use 54 muscles out of 200.
  • Body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when we stand still.
  • People walk three Circles of Earth during their life.

Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored; problems can affect the functioning of other parts of the body, including the hips, knees, and back. These are foot-related problems that may be related to biomechanical issues.

Mechanics of walking† †Each step, the vertical axis of the heel ideally should land almost perpendicular to the ground, with a slight inclination of only a few degrees toward the outside of the heel. From there, the weight is distributed progressively toward the lateral (outside) side of the foot. As the little (or fifth) toe starts to touch the ground, the arch of the foot should flatten slightly, shifting the body's weight toward the medial (inside) side of the foot. The heel then should start to lift off the ground, shifting the weight to the medial forefoot, principally the ball of the foot and the first.

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