Plantar Fasciitis and Walking Barefoot

Some people like to argue for their limitations.

They look at Xero Shoes and proclaim, with gusto, “I can’t wear those because ____.”

Then they fill in the blank with:

  • I have plantar fasciitis
  • I have bad knees
  • I have flat feet
  • I have high arches
  • my credit score is below 700

Okay, they don’t use the last one, but in my mind they may as well have, because it’s just as relevant.

Then, if I start to explain why being barefoot may help them, they’ll be stunned.

“You can really run in those things?”

“Why yes,” I say. “I’m a nationally ranked sprinter and our Customer Service Manager, Bill, runs 100+ miles/week in his Xero Shoes.”

“Really?”

“Yup.”

But perhaps just sharing this story, from Jean Bird (originally posted on our Facebook page) would be a better way to respond:

I am a walker, not a runner… but still, it applies. I have been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis for a few months now and have felt lethargic and unwilling to do any sort of exercise while on my feet (biking has been ok, and well, there are other sorts of exercise that don’t require that you are on your feet), so I have gained some weight. All this made me less happy, of course. So, I decided it was time to do something about the pain. I was told to get insoles for p.f. and take IB several times a day for pain/inflammation, etc… just like everyone else is told. When this did not show any signs of improvement over the course of a few weeks, I decided to do some research – – and boy, did I learn some things about my feet!

Needless to say, I got my Xeros on Tuesday, and have been wearing them ever since – – well, except in bed, I suppose. 🙂

Yes, indeed, there is a “learning curve” and I feel like I am learning how to walk all over again. On the first day, I felt like I was walking with swim fins on – imagine that picture – – LOL! On day two, I learned a bit more and was walking a little better. On day three, I could “feel the burn” of the muscles I had long ago forgotten about (or perhaps never really knew!), but it was/is a GOOD, INVIGORATING feeling. I know I must be starting to learn to walk “right”. Oh, and… Steven is absolutely right on this one… my feet surely tell me if I my stride or placement of my feet is wrong, by giving me jolts of pain or discomfort.

So, here’s to day four! The muscle aches in my legs/feet are abating and I am feeling so good!! OH, and I almost forgot! The plantar fasciitis…? Well, let’s just say that the pain in my right foot is simply gone and the pain in the left is almost unnoticeable (to the point that I almost forgot to mention it!). I think I am ready to burn off some of these extra pounds now!

THANK YOU to Steven, Lena, and the whole Xero crew for my Xeros – I love them! And I think I will be ordering more for my husband and two daughters, too!

No, thank YOU, Jean!