With 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and joints, feet are an extraordinary puzzle. And when all the pieces support and fit properly, it leads to a healthy foundation to carry us through our day. Here's a quick explanation of the feet so you can see how important and complex they are when it comes to supporting the body.
Ankle:It moves in two directions. Plantar flexion is when you’re sitting with your legs out infront of you and you point your toes forward and down. And Dorsiflexion is when you unpoint your toes and your feet come back to normal position with toes pointing upwards. It’s basically your natural standing position.
Middle Foot:The metatarsal area allows for two movements which are supination and pronation. Or they can also be called inversion or eversion. This is when the weight of your body shifts from side to side and your feet hold the weight by turning in or out.
Toes:The toes can do four moves. They flex (bend) when you scrunch a towel or pick something up with your toes. They extend (straighten) this is when you go onto your tip toes. They abduct which is when you splay your toes out and they lastly aduct which is when you squeeze them together. Or when they’re unhappily squeezed into a narrow shoe!
Wearing barefoot shoes that have a wide toe box and flexible sole is key to maintaining natural foot alignment. Wearing narrow shoes pushes the big toe inwards which counteracts what the toe spacer is meant to do. We've partnered with Anya's reviews so you can find a barefoot shoe that is right for you!