I don't know if y'all remember, but way back a while ago I reviewed Katy Bowman's book Whole Body Barefoot. I said things like, "a must-read for anyone with feet!" and got super excited when Katy Bowman herself retweeted my review.
It has now been a number of months since then, and I've been fairly consistent about doing the stretches
and following the instructions enumerated in the book, working on the goal of getting healthier bone alignment and muscle flexibility in my feet and toes.
("Fairly consistent" meaning, I don't do all of them everyday, but each day I almost always do something.)
And I've seen some crazy results! My toes have definitely become more flexible, and when I stand normally and look down at my feet, I can see more space between them. I also now have almost zero pain from my big toe joints -- pain I had consistently for eight years at least, and that a doctor had predicted I would eventually need bunion surgery to repair.
That. is. HUGE!
Weirdest of all, when I went to the athletic store a few months ago to buy new workout shoes, I discovered that I was NOT a size 8W like I had been wearing for the last 15+ years. I am at least a size 9. (And I say "at least" because those tennis shoes I bought three months ago are seeming a little tight now... hmmm).
Have I seriously been wearing shoes a size too small for all those years? Or has the stretching and alignment shifts I've been working on allowed my feet to stretch into a more natural shape, one I had been inadvertently denying them? Am I in the process of recovering from an accidental, self-inflicted version of foot binding?
Those are the questions I've been asking myself lately -- I'm hesitant to answer them definitively because it seems so crazy! But the results I've seen so far are pretty dang compelling... and I'm hopeful for further process going forward.
Stay posted for more posts coming over the next week, with my favorite tips and tricks for improving your posture and alignment! It's exciting stuff, yo! And as funny as it sounds, my feet are here as proof that small changes can make a big difference. ;P
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