Feet are the body’s foundation. They are a major keystone to our locomotion and balance, with adaptations completely unique to human beings and our way of getting around. In the centuries where fashion has become “superior” to function we find issues begin to arise that once were not there. Bunions, collapsed arches, misaligned toes, more acute plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains due to loss of proprioception. All have cramped toes boxes, high heels and just badly designed shoes to thank for that.
Our big toe, arched foot, and plantar fascia are distinct in their design, to turn the foot into a resilient spring, well suited for walking than climbing like our ancestors. Our big toe is more in line than other primates and is a critical part of foot stability and propulsion. Our arch and fascia is the spring mechanism that allows the foot to mildly deformed when landing to be more adaptable to the terrain. When the other leg begins to swing through the arch stiffens up, forming a solid base of support and the fascial tissue aids in distributing force and energy to make walking more energy efficient. Losing one of these adaptations may not stop you from walking but it will make sure that something else will take over it’s role and possibly cause future issues.
Some simply things to do to show your feel some love and make sure they are always ready to go would look something like this: