Healthy feet are strong and robust ✔️
The feet behave like any other area of the body. Gradually expose them to more load and demand, and they respond by getting stronger and more resilient.
This is the SAID principle at work:
The feet need to be loaded, strengthened, stimulated, mobilized etc. The more this occurs, the healthier and stronger they become. Just like anywhere else in the body.
❌ Orthotics, Arch support, supportive footwear, excess cushion and padding...this is not the answer for long term foot health, strength, and function.
Arch support does the opposite. It offloads the foot, supporting it in various ways.
• This often prevents the foot from moving, functioning, and articulating like it should.
• It also requires and demands less of the foot, just like a back brace requires less from the core (once again, an instance where wearing a brace is not going to be the solution to back pain/weakness).
🌉 Arches are strong load bearing structures by design. That’s why bridges are designed that way. And the human foot is no different.
The arch is meant to be loaded, it’s part of our natural structure.
🔑 Start somewhere.
Even if it means taking your shoes off in the house or going for a 5-10 minute walk without your orthotics in. See where you are at. And then build your tolerance up!
— Optimize Physiotherapy