June is the official start of summer, but in Southern California it seems summer is year round. This year, we had an unseasonably cold winter. Our weather has now shifted back and much to our relief it’s time to dig out our favorite sandals from the back of the closet.
Now, I’m a die-hard barefoot girl, in fact, I’m writing this while sporting my bare feet. So I get the need for free and happy feet. I’m also an avid motorcycle rider, but as soon as I get off my bike I kick off the boots and either slip on my favorite Birkenstocks, or prance around barefoot. Not only do my feet love me, but so does my back.
Did you know your feet are the most important piece of the puzzle regarding your posture? Seriously, this is why each adjustment I perform starts with your feet and why after every single adjustment I make, I re-evaluate the changes it made all the way down to your feet. Here’s how it works:
Every muscle in your body is surrounded and held to together by a mess of thin see-through tissue called fascia. It surrounds each muscle, then holds each muscle group together, and then holds the entire body together connecting to every single joint throughout your body. Which means, changes in the muscle tension in your jaw show up all the way down to your feet! Without fascia, you’d be super loosey goosey and jiggly.
Fascial tension is meant to be balanced throughout the body. Just like every joint in your body, including your spinal joints are meant to be well-aligned. But sitting funny, wearing crazy high heels, over working our toes while flipping and flopping around town, or sleeping on a pillow that offers little support, you can sense the changes in fascial tension. Ouch!
Chiropractors are highly trained to isolate and analyze fascial planes and every joint in your body for imbalance. We are also trained on how to re-balance them too. However, you have to do your part too. Just like making sure you are sleeping on a properly supportive pillow to prevent neck pain, you should be evaluating your shoes for proper fit and support.
So, before you dust off those comfy flops, and slide in your fancy toes, take a few minutes to investigate their “fitness” by clicking off this list to ensure you get the best fit and support possible. Preventing foot pain and ultimately back pain now is worth not spending several hours each day suffering.
- Are the soles in good shape, worn evenly or too thin?
- Do the arches fit snuggly into yours?
- IS there any arch support?
- Do the straps fit snuggly, but not too tight or loose?
- Are the straps comfortable and don’t cause blisters?
- Do your feet stay within the foot bed?
- When you wear these sandals, you don’t notice any foot, ankle, knee, hip, back or neck pain?
If you answered YES to ALL of these, then have at it. Wear these sandals for as long as possible. However, if you answered NO to any of these then it’s time to say “Adios!” and find a new sole-mate!
Here are a few personal favorite brands that I love. They can be found at The Walking Company or Zappos.com (free shipping on all orders and returns):
Now, that your feet are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted