Foot pain is a common amalgamation. People have complained of it for centuries. Gout, aching feet, sore feet or feet that have broken out in rashes. The majority of foot pain is derived from shoes. Believe it or not, foot pain is a lot more prevalent in modern society than it was before shoes were invented.
Shoes protect our feet. Originally shoes were invented to protect our feet from thorns and brambles in the wild. In modern times, with the discovery of glass, shoes now protect our feet from severe cuts and infections. Diabetics, particularly, need protective footwear because their feet are much more prone to infection. So, shoes are vital to how we live our lives.
However, shoes have one major drawback. Shoes are mass produced. They don't ever perfectly fit our feet, so they form knobs. Knobs are small pressure points around the foot that overtime reduce circulation and create small internal bruising. In reflexology, these knobs are blamed for aches and pains all around the body. Reflexology is the general belief that the body is made up of a series of pathways and as such, blockages or damage in certain areas of those pathways can affect the function of infrastructure further along the pathway. Put simply, if your feet hurt you hurt all over, since the feet are and extremity they are at the end or beginning of every pathway.
So what is the solution for this? We can't all stop wearing shoes. We can't simply reduce the amount of activity in our lives to where the knobs aren't poking our feet all the time. The solution is readily apparent. Custom foot orthotics are a small slip of foam that fits into your shoe that is perfectly mated to your foot. This prevents these knobs from sticking your foot and smooths out the pressure points. People who use these custom insoles report less pain. Custom insoles are often cut out to relieve certain points of the foot, like the plantar fascia, which is a very common area for many that causes problems. Have you ever had shoe or foot heel pain early in the morning? You have plantar fasciitis and need a custom orthotic to remove the knob and let the spot heal.
So, custom insoles prevent the issues that our modern shoe culture caused. You could get a pair, or you could just pull a Cody Lundin and go completely shoe-less. Believe it or not, he's probably got much healthier feet than most people you may know.
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