The Impact of Modern Footwear

This month, explore the surprising link between your choice of footwear and chronic pain, as we uncover how modern shoes could be contributing to discomfort.

Are chronic aches in your knees, back, or neck holding you back? Contrary to widespread belief, this is not a normal part of aging. Many factors contribute to chronic pain, but one unspoken area could be a part of the problem: your shoes. On The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Galahad Clark to discuss how our modern-day footwear could be an overlooked area contributing to chronic pain. They discuss how conventional shoes restrict our feet’s natural shape and movement, making them weaker, and how this impacts the rest of our bodies. Did you know that 99% of all shoes on the market today are making your health worse and could be contributing to chronic pain?

If you’re intrigued to learn more about how your choice of shoes might be contributing to chronic pain, take action now and tune in to the full podcast episode.

The Unnatural Movement Chain

Close up of two bare feet of someone walking along a fallen log in the forest.
Photo from by Michal Parzuchowski

Did you know that your big toe is meant to be your body’s pivot and anchor? Unfortunately, most shoes push your big toe against the others, hindering its natural function. When your feet aren’t functioning optimally, you end up compensating throughout your kinetic chain, impacting your knees and hips. This unnatural movement caused by your footwear can lead to discomfort and pain.

As Steve Shlens wisely said, “I consistently advise my clients against purchasing Hokas. What they truly require are shoes with minimal cushioning and a flatter profile to maintain positive proprioception in their feet. Unfortunately, many individuals mistakenly opt for plush shoes, assuming they are beneficial for their feet. Especially in a gym setting, this choice can be detrimental.”

In a nutshell, opt for flatter shoes with reduced cushioning and steer clear of significant heel-to-toe drops. At Dopamine FX, we’re here to guide you on your journey to a pain-free and healthier future.

Take action now and schedule a one-on-one training session with Steve; your feet will thank you.