Whether it is a mere promotional gimmick or an actual paradigm shift, the concept of barefoot movement has become increasingly popular. MBT or Masai Barefoot Technology has come up with new shoe gear. They have a wide range of shoes often referred to as “anti-shoes” because of the use of unique materials and technologies behind their development. What interest me most are the rocker-bottom style shoes that mimic the walking style of Masai warriors of Africa.
The normal shoes that we find in the market have cushioned soles and precise stabilizing features, thought to be important for protecting the human feet and body during ground contact. However, wearing these shoes has in no way helped to reduce foot problems. Podiatrists are now suggesting that the enhanced cushioning and stability built into the modern shoes are actually making the extrinsic leg and foot muscles inactive and weakening balance and posture. Many podiatrists are of the view that barefoot training can strengthen the smaller neglected muscles of the foot and leg, thereby helping to enhance performance and prevent injuries.
One of the most common foot problems is plantar fasciitis. An estimated 400,000 people in Australia suffer from this disorder. Plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue that connects the heel bone with the toes. Strained plantar fascia can cause heel pain. If you are looking for the right shoes to help you alleviate your heel pain, you can try out MBT shoes that are often recommended by podiatrists to relieve plantar fasciitis.
I have purchased one more pair of MBT sandals recently after getting relief from walking pain. Five months ago, on one fine morning I felt a sharp pain in my left foot. I could not understand what caused the pain. I was unable to stand or walk properly. I ran to the nearest podiatrist’s clinic to discuss my condition with him. Looking at my foot, he asked me whether I wear tight-fitting shoes or not. Often, foot problems arise because of wearing inappropriate shoes or too tight socks. It causes the nail feet to grow inward instead of outward. In my case, I was suffering from ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis that led to such intense pain when walking. Improper shoe gear is the common cause of ingrown toenails. My podiatrist suggested me to use MBT sandals that would not exert pressure on the toenails and give them enough space to grow.
Many people also suffer from hallux valgus or bunion that leads to inclination of the big toe towards the second toe. Ill-fitting footwear mainly causes this kind of foot problem. Women especially suffer from this disorder due to increasing willingness to wear pointed sandals. The shape of the foot is mostly rectangular, but if you put your foot forcefully into the conical narrow space, the body’s center of gravity will automatically move forward, forcing outward deflection and eventually leading to hallux valgus. You should start wearing wide in front low heeled MBT shoes to alleviate foot pain.
Walking for a longer period of time on the hard ground or with tight-fitting shoes can also cause foot pain. When standing or walking, you will feel pain in the heel and your foot will swell making it difficult to walk. I wear MBT’s every day for they give me comfort and never hurt my feet when walking for miles, running or jumping.
With MBT shoes and sandals, my legs, knees and feet never get tired. I feel like I could walk for countless hours in them. My sister developed a back pain a year ago; she now regularly wears MBT shoes to stay pain-free. Even her husband got relief from a painful nerve disorder when he started wearing MBTs. You can wear MBT’s every day when walking, doing exercises or at the time of going to work.
Some of the other foot problems that can be avoided wearing MBT shoes are;
- Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection can affect anyone be it man or woman. It causes a burning sensation, pain and itching. However, don’t go by the name ‘athlete’s’ foot, as you too can develop such a problem in spite of staying away from playing sports for years. Mainly the area between toes gets affected because of wearing tight socks and tight fitting shoes that give no breathing area.
- Corns and calluses are formed when your foot is increasingly rubbed or pressed against a hard surface. They create an extra layer of skin to protect the delicate area. The hard layer of skin causes pain when comes in contact with a tight-fitting shoes.
- Hammer toes is another serious foot problem where your foot toes will bent to appear like bird claws. The main culprit is tight fitted shoes.
- Metatarsalgia occurs when the ball of your foot (metatarsal) starts paining. Throw away all tight-fitting shoes and start wearing only comfortable shoes that don’t hurt your foot.
MBT shoes help to reduce chances of these foot problems to lead a happy, pain-free life.
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