Exercise Institute quite a while back. The training involves a thorough education of foot mechanics, how foot function affects whole-body health, and the role of
footwear on foot health and foot pain.
Did you know that most of us only use about 25% of our 600 muscles? Did you know that most of us move only about half of the ways our bodies are meant to move?
Did you know that nerves of your feet attach at your sacrum? How about the fact that if you can't lift and lower your toes individually; you already have neuropathy? The good news is that if you can restore your intrinsic foot musculature (the little muscles in your feet) they will help you keep the tissues of your whole lower body healthy. That means something for osteoarthritis, hips, knees and low back.
How do you do it? Keep the feet nimble with ball rolling. Walk barefoot especially on the actual earth: rocks, grass, sand, dirt and anything else that mother nature made. If you want to speed it up, foot exercises such as lifting your toes independently, spreading them out and strengthening your arch are all key. Stretch the top and bottom of the foot. We do much of this off and on in class, and the more you can do on your own; the faster the progress. NOTE: if you are wearing high heels you will need to do all the other restorative work that much more to restore alignment. NOTE: Tennis shoes have a heel.
No, you don't have to start wearing moccasins to your next board meeting but if you want optimal health, you will need to pay attention to those things at the bottom of your legs (other then when you are trying on new shoes).