“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Modern athletic shoes change the foot movement, one of the most complex motor functions in the human body. Over time, this contributes to weakening the structure of the arches, toes, and ankles, thus significantly increasing the risk of developing injuries in the lower body
Changes in foot stance
Meyers Line Test
past big toe
of the heel
The Meyers line is a simple axis-line used to assess the anatomical and functional alignment of the great toe in relation to the rest of the foot. Follow the steps below to perform this test:
1) Outline your foot on a piece of paper (make sure you are standing on that foot)
2) Mark the mid-point of the heel.
3) Mark the mid-point of the big toe joint.
4) Draw a straight line from the mid-point of the heel to and through the mid-point of the big toe joint as shown in the image.
Functional: Your big toe is aligned with the Meyers line.
Dysfunctional: Your big toe is not fully aligned with the Meyers line
Shoe Shaped Foot
Barefoot Exercise is Better
Elevated cushioned shoes hinder our feet’s ability to move the way they designed. Narrow toe box with thick and rigid bottom soles altered the foot biomechanics. They also added stress on joints, knees, hips, spine, and ankles, which leads to a higher risk of injury in the lower body.
Benefits of Barefoot Exercise
Increased muscle activation
Quicker gains in
strength and stability
Corrected movement mechanics
of the lower body
Improving overall mobility
Barefoot exercise isn’t new, we’ve been running and hunting barefoot since the dawn of man. Since then, Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon barefoot, Zola Budd shattered world records by running barefoot, and the Tarahumara tribe continues their long-standing tradition of barefoot long-distance running.