When i started walking in shoes and feeling the ground, it was all new, and I was excited. When I walked barefoot, it was even more enthralling – all the new tickly sensations.
My feet muscles were sore in new ways, because it was a new regimen.
Now I’m running barefoot, and getting blisters. But it’s different on each foot. I have blisters on my second and third toes on the right foot, but that’s it. They say that toe blisters are a sign that you are using your toes to push off (a no no). Then why am I only gettng them on one foot?
Barefoot running makes you a detective of your own body
Since I’m not wearing any shoes that are altering my gait, I know that it’s ALL ME. So i have to look at any variables in my body that might be causing this.
- Could it be the ankle that I twisted badly twice a few years ago, that perhaps I’m still favoring?
- Could it be that my posture is bad (VERY possible, I’m a lifelong sloucher), and i’m leaning too far forward?
- Could it be my spine is a little wonked, from ten + years of carrying a heavy bag with my computer in it on my right shoulder?
- I used to be a heavy duty cyclist, and when I was fitted, I was told that my left leg was 1cm shorter than the other. On a bike, you fix it with a shim on your shoe. But feet are unshimmable. Is this causing it? Then again, a chiropractor I saw told me that my hip muscles were just “too tight” and that was what was torquing my leg and making it shorter.
- I even have to wonder if the fact that I have some extra fat on my thighs that rubs together is preventing me from having an optimum gait!
My feet are trying to tell me of some biomechanical problem. But being that it’s a brand new language, but I don’t yet know how to listen, how to adjust, how to fix it.
I’m trying to become aware of my feet. Of how I walk. Of how my feet make contact with the ground. Of how my legs are even swinging from the hip joint. When my knees bend. What is my body trying to do to compensate for an inequity? I noticed that my right leg/foot swings out and around with each step.
Everything in the body is connected. A problem in one area can be communicated to another area, can be compensated for. The body is so incredibly adaptive.
I guess all I can do is keep listening.