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Go naked from the ankle down

According to new research from Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance barefoot activities could be the key to overcoming foot pain.

That’s because the small, often overlooked muscles in your feet that play a vital but underappreciated role in movement and stability. Their role is similar to that of the core muscles in the abdomen.

In fact, according to the researchers, there is a feedback cycle between the larger “extrinsic” muscles of the foot and leg, the smaller “intrinsic” muscles of the foot and the neural connections that send information from those muscle sets to the brain.

When that feedback loop is broken, it can lead to the overuse injuries that can plaque you for years.

Shoes are the chief culprit of that breakdown. When you put a big sole underneath your foot, you put a dampening effect on that information.

This causes the larger muscles to over-compensate and over-exert past the point of exhaustion and their natural ability to repair and transfer forces from activities like walking to your bones, tendons, and ligaments, which leads to overuse injuries and leaves you suffering.

Read: The science of walking barefoot

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.