Ever have your feet cramp in the midst of a workout? It can be so painful it literally stops you dead in your tracks. It has happen to me! About 5 years ago I have a flare up of plantar fasciitis for the first time. I actually thought something seriously wrong happened to my foot. After a painful yet successful A.R.T. Session and custom orthotics I thought I was in the clear.
My now fallen arches were becoming an ongoing pain in the butt. My feet would cramp during most workouts. I would toss my shoes off because it helped relieve the pain. It enabled me to continue my workouts. It was than I realized how important my footwear and care for my feet began.
Although orthotics work for many and may even be necessecary. I believe that they can also prevent natural ranges of motion that are rooted at the base of our feet. Therefore, if you need them I would encourage you get properly fitted ones for the required activity. However, if you do not need orthotics you need a proper shoe. Shoes that move well, give you flexibility. If your shoes are overdue for a new pair you may experience discomfort in the knees, ankles or even lower back. If you are new to exercise and have the proper support, you may even want to try no shoes. This is my favourite! I gave up my orthotics a long time ago and moved my focus to improving the stability and mobility starting with my feet. I haven't worn orthotics since. I change my footwear often and still take my shoes off depending on the program.
Our feet are our base. They ground us. So be nice to your feet! Keep your shoes up to date, wear the appropriate training shoe. Work on making your feet strong! Keep those feet moving.