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WINNING THE FOOT RACE
WINNING THE FOOT RACE
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Winning the Foot Race
By Paul Chek, HHP, NMT
Founder, C.H.E.K. Institute
A good-looking pair of feet not only enhances one's
physical beauty, they are often an indication of good
function, much like good posture.
The inverse, of course, is unattractive feet. Poorly
functioning feet are not only unpleasant to look at, they
often smell and frequently hurt. More importantly,
they're frequently associated with such problems as
knee, hip, back and neck pain. Even headaches can come
from feet that don't function well.
Foot trouble is nothing new. A course manual written back
in 1932 by world famous foot specialist Dr. William
Mathias Scholl found seven out of every 10 people had
painful feet, citing shoes as a major source of the
problem. A brief review of medical statistics from any
branch of the military,
in virtually any country indicates that for as long as
soldiers have been lacing their boots, they have had foot
With so many people suffering from problems with their
feet, you might wonder whether the foot was one of
evolution's few architectural booboos. I don't think so.
The foot is a complex, beautifully designed shock-
absorbing system. Any traveler to a third-world country
will tell you that bare feet are completely normal. Items
such as foot pads, powders and insoles for sale at the
chemists are as rare as a Moa and the word "orthotic" is
as foreign as microwave oven!
The problem arises when this carefully crafted foot is
strapped into a shoe! Shoes crowd the toes, disrupting
joint function and alignment. This commonly results in
overlapping toes and bunions. Shoes are seldom wide
enough to allow the necessary freedom of movement to the
tarsal bones and metatarsal bones to allow the foot to
function as both a shock absorber and platform from which
the legs generate the force needed to walk, run and jump.
When shoes are narrow or laced too tightly the metatarsal
bones are jammed together, often pinching the nerves that
run between the bones. The result is frequently a
neuroma, which is painful to say the least.
How To Make Your Feet Happy!
The best thing you can do for your feet is to wear shoes
as little as
you can. Whenever you can wear sandals or get your toes
in the dirt, don't pass it up!
The little bones of your feet love the chance to move,
which helps keep the joints properly lubricated. When you
use your feet to run and play, your toes grasp the grass
and move independently through the sand, keeping the
small intrinsic muscles strong. This prevents hammertoe,
a condition resulting from imbalance in the foot muscles
and being boxed into tight shoes.
Whenever you are sitting down, at the dinner table for
example, practice spreading your toes as wide as you can
and holding them open for five seconds at a time. This
will keep the toes from overlapping each other due to
intrinsic muscle weakness.
Place a bowl of marbles by the toilet. Each time you sit
on the toilet, dump the marbles on the floor and fill the
bowl one time with each foot. You may be shocked to find
that your feet are so stiff and uncoordinated from
wearing shoes that you can hardly pick up a single
Believe me, your feet were smart as a child. You need
only go to Fiji
and see grown women weaving baskets with their feet and
hands at the same time to realize picking up marbles is
"child's play" in comparison to what the foot can really
do. In fact, there are people that have painted
masterpieces and written books with just their feet!
If you have to wear shoes or sandals, make sure they fit
properly, allowing adequate space for your feet to move.
When you lace your shoes, never pull the laces tight over
the top of your foot, only keep the top laces snug. If
you over-tighten your laces, you immobilize the foot and
joints, making for a lazy and stupid foot. At the C.H.E.K
Institute, we have had excellent results by putting our
patients into Birkenstock shoes and sandals. They are
among the few shoes in the world designed to allow the
foot to move naturally and our patients love them. In
fact, we are currently testing them for weight lifting.
In summary, minimize use of shoes to only when you must
wear them. Don't lace them too tightly and buy shoes that
have room for your feet to move. Spread your toes
repeatedly every night at dinner and keep marbles by the
toilet so you can keep your feet smart and beautiful.
Finally, don't wait till your feet are ugly, painful and
expensive to do something that can improve beauty,
function and leave you with more energy at the end of the
Paul Chek, Holistic Health Practitioner and certified
Neuromuscular Therapist, is the founder of the C.H.E.K
Institute in Vista, Calif. He is also a sought-after
consultant to sports organizations, and his services have
benefited numerous professional sports teams, athletes
and individuals seeking optimal health worldwide.
Paul has produced more than 60 videos, 17 correspondence
courses and is the author of several books, audio
programs and articles. For more information on Paul's
popular "You Are What You Eat" audio/workbook program, or
for any of his other health/exercise courses, videos and
books, call 800/552-8789, 800/552-8789 (New Zealand or
Australia), 44 (0)1273-856-860 (Great Britain) or visit
online at the CHEK Institute
Web site. Please feel free to request a catalog of CHEK
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