Tag: minimal shoes

Feet and Walking

In my last post (link) I mentioned that walking is a category, and that what most people envision when asked to imagine a person walking, is a person walking on a flat, level surface, perhaps a sidewalk. Indeed, when people “go for a walk” most of the time they use a trail or a route they have mapped out that will help them achieve the 10,000 steps on their Fitbit. I went to Costa Rica this spring, and I was looking forward to bushwhacking my way through a wild, untamed jungle, but even

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Shoe Review: Xeroshoes Lena

I interrupt my regular blog programming for a special shoe review: The Xeroshoes Lena [caption id="attachment_1415" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Wearing the Xero Lena shoe around town[/caption] I was given this shoe to review with the understanding that I would put it through its paces (which I have) and give an honest review (which I will). I had gone in to the store with the understanding that I'd be trying the Xeroshoes Prio, which is a runner style, and I really, really wanted that

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Lifestyle Tips to Support Foot Health

Functional feet are my fondest favourites! For fancy footwork and for fleet feet, follow these four fun facts: Move your toes Walk over non-level ground Go barefoot or transition to a more minimal shoe Go forth. As in walk. A lot. Let’s break that down shall we? Move Your toes: Toes spend a lot of time in socks. Socks spend a lot of time in shoes. Ergo, feet spend a lot of time in shoes, and both socks and shoes conspire to keep your toes from moving as much as they want to

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Anatomy of the Top of Foot Stretch

The Top of Foot Stretch lengthens the front of the shin and ankle, and shortens the plantar surface muscles (you may experience cramping), it also lengthens the tendons that extend, or lifts, the toes. Here’s a primer on Foot Anatomy. Feet have 26 bones -that's a LOT of bones. That's a lot of bones for muscles to attach to and to make up joints for movement. That's a structure meant for a lot of movement. Landmarks of the feet are: Heel - the calcaneus bone. If I asked you to point at

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Lifestyle Tips for Lower Leg Health

Sticking with the Lower Leg theme - the calf and soleus - what are some other ways you can add support to a part of your body that is now moving more and moving better? If you’ve been doing the Calf Stretch and Soleus Stretch for a month, you might find that you are experiencing one or all of the following: ease of discomfort in the knees and feet less cramping in the calves and feet more energy for walking and climbing stairs less discomfort in the a.m. in the plantar fascia

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