Fish Out of Water

Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

We measure our world byrepparttar limits of our knowledge and experience. Ifrepparttar 149143 only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything like nails. Bigotry, bias, and prejudice are all words that describe this limited view (hammer) each of us tends to embrace and apply. A dog does not comprehend poetry, nor does an infant calculus. The worlds ofrepparttar 149144 dog and ofrepparttar 149145 child are extremely limited in scope. Forrepparttar 149146 dog it is predominantly genetically determined. Even if a dog would like to understand poetry, it couldn't and will never grow into it either. Onrepparttar 149147 other hand, a child's view ofrepparttar 149148 world can expand continually throughout life. Unfortunately, as we get into our teenage years and become certain that our knowledge encompasses just about all that could be known – certainly more than both parents combined – we become increasingly arrogant, and with this arrogance, closed minded. Intellectual growth can actually stop by aboutrepparttar 149149 age of 13, with vocabulary serving as an index of this growth and not increasing significantly for most people after this age. With that as a preface, let me say that it is easy for us to believe thatrepparttar 149150 world we were born into isrepparttar 149151 only real world. Fluorescent lights, conditioned air, automobiles, pop, French fries, television, and polyester may seem likerepparttar 149152 only real and natural world for humans. Withoutrepparttar 149153 perspective of history, there would be no way of knowing any differently. But we do have history. Prior torepparttar 149154 Industrial Revolution, which occurred about 200 years ago, we were by and large in an entirely different setting. We spentrepparttar 149155 majority of our time outside and without any ofrepparttar 149156 modern conveniences and technologies we have come to believe to be as natural and automatic as a tree orrepparttar 149157 wind. Our genes, however, are not equally convinced. They remain encoded forrepparttar 149158 natural world. They are, in fact, an inward definition ofrepparttar 149159 external natural, pre-Industrial, more pristine world. In this new modern synthetic world we are increasingly alienating our basic biological make up. We are like fish taken out of water. . On a broader environmental scale, human activity rivalsrepparttar 149160 natural processes that have builtrepparttar 149161 biosphere. About 40% ofrepparttar 149162 earth's photosynthetic capacity (plant growth) is now appropriated for human use. The biologically available nitrogen and phosphorus used by humans for fertilizer and chemicals about equalsrepparttar 149163 amount produced by nature. We apparently can alter our atmosphere on a global scale (ozone, Chernobyl, greenhouse gases). Huge numbers of species stand onrepparttar 149164 curling tip of a wave of extinction – andrepparttar 149165 list goes on.

New foot in the sand technology can solve many health problems

Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

A vast array of after-market insoles has been merchandised throughrepparttar years. Most of these consist of a bed of cushioning foam with only hints of accommodation for foot anatomy. Other than extremely expensive orthotic insoles, commercial varieties do little to solverepparttar 149142 far-reaching problems of feet restricted in a quite unnatural device,repparttar 149143 shoe.

A new ergonomically designed insole, based upon “foot-in-the-sand” technology©, has been developed. It isrepparttar 149144 result of several years of research in comparative anatomy, kinesiology (mechanics and anatomy of movement), ergonomics (human engineering for efficient and safe use) and testing inrepparttar 149145 most rigorous and demanding of sports and vocations. See A Personal Note My interest in functional footwear was forced upon me by many years of training in competitive badminton (notrepparttar 149146 recreational type played in backyards), an exceptionally rigorous sport including much jumping and rapid lateral and back and forth movements resulting in tremendous concussive and shear forces onrepparttar 149147 feet. I didrepparttar 149148 majority of my training on cement and overrepparttar 149149 years I discovered I was not made of steel. The first thing to suffer was my feet. The pain after a workout was so bad I had to lie in bed at night with my legs elevated on pillows so my heels were suspended and did not touch anything. Not willing to give uprepparttar 149150 sport, I set about looking for shoes and orthotics that would help. That process was unfruitful and in most cases exacerbatedrepparttar 149151 problem. For example,repparttar 149152 common solution to heel pain is to provide cushioning underrepparttar 149153 heel. That was my first impulse as well, but cushions there simply guaranteed more heel contact,repparttar 149154 very thing my feet were crying out to avoid.

Frustrated with commercial products, I andrepparttar 149155 research staff at Wysong set about developing something that would work not only for me, but for anyone in sports and anyone wanting relief fromrepparttar 149156 incredible poundingrepparttar 149157 feet receive. This isrepparttar 149158 story ofrepparttar 149159 results of over five years of research and development.

The Foot Is A Dynamic Structure The foot is an exceedingly complex mechanical structure. It is comprised of 26 bones (25% of allrepparttar 149160 body's bones!) as well as muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, sesamoids, nerves, lubricating fluids, pads, nails, veins, arteries and lymphatics, all comprising hundreds of interconnecting intricate parts. Modern shoes entombrepparttar 149161 foot into a virtually immobile state – as if it were comprised of one piece – denying its important underlying functional and dynamic design. The foot has no rectangular or perpendicular edges and was not meant to be strapped to a platform. Conventional shoes are created for adornment (pointed shoes even have a sexual history) with only token considerations made forrepparttar 149162 critical needs of a living foot crying out for freedom from bondage and solitary confinement. In fact, 80% of all foot problems occur in women because ofrepparttar 149163 distorting shoes they wear. Overweight individuals are even more prone to foot problems due torepparttar 149164 compounded gravitational forces funneled down torepparttar 149165 foot. (see

Conventional shoes (better termed coffins) lead to a broad host of ailments. Similar torepparttar 149166 binding used to create diminutive feet in Japanese women, modern shoes bind and misshape feet. The misshapen feet of modern adventurers who travel to primitive regions amaze barefooted natives who have naturally wide, toughened, prehensile, toe-spread feet.

The true potential of liberated toes becomes apparent inrepparttar 149167 disabled who have no hand function, yet learn to write and use eating utensils with their toes. In contrast, toes that have spent a lifetime in shoes can barely move. (see Feet are best thought of as analogues torepparttar 149168 prehensile hands, not mere shock absorbing bumpers atrepparttar 149169 end of our legs. The Foot’s Relationship To Health The average adult walks five miles inrepparttar 149170 course of daily activities, and our feet absorb about 1,000 tons of force a day – much of it on hard surfaces. Improper footwear sends “dis-ease” up throughrepparttar 149171 legs and spine, allrepparttar 149172 way torepparttar 149173 cranium. Feet forced out of balance and inhibited from proper movement can result in corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, heel spurs, fascitis, sesamoiditis, tarsal tunnel, calconeal apophysitis, shin splints, torn Achilles tendons, sprains, broken ankles, joint pain and arthritis. Pelvic and hip problems as well as lower back and cervical (neck) disc problems can also result. Improper foot mobility interferes with blood and lymphatic circulation leading to edema, varicose veins, phlebitis, and claudication. Resultant clots can migrate to critical blood vessels inrepparttar 149174 brain and other areas potentially causing stroke, heart attacks and degeneration ofrepparttar 149175 kidneys and other organs with critical microcirculation. This is not to mention fatigue, headaches, and even depression that can have an ultimate cause linked to body imbalance and organic malfunction beginning inrepparttar 149176 feet. Foot pain can lead to decreased exercise and with that increased susceptibility to unhealthy weight gain and a host of other mental, physical and physiological weaknesses. (see

The feet are much too important to simply bind, adorn and hide. The foot is designed to be our connection to Earth. The sensations received byrepparttar 149177 foot onrepparttar 149178 ground create body awareness not unlikerepparttar 149179 input received byrepparttar 149180 senses.

For athletes,repparttar 149181 demands onrepparttar 149182 feet are greatly amplified. Many have their careers cut short by foot injury and degenerative foot diseases. The causes are many, but notrepparttar 149183 least of which is improper shoe and insole design. All athletes sooner or later have foot problems. Given a natural surface to play a sport on (like sand, if that were possible), and using conditioned bare feet, these problems would rarely occur.

Health should berepparttar 149184 primary consideration in footwear, not a little cushioning here and there and a lot of fashion and style. A product that needs to primarily address function should not become simply an opportunity for marketing. (see

How Feet Are Designed To Work The proper position ofrepparttar 149185 foot is up onrepparttar 149186 ball. Propulsion and landing should only incidentally (if at all) employ heel contact. The heel is to movement whatrepparttar 149187 buttocks are to standing. You’re on your heels while standing but not moving, and on your buttocks if you’re sitting and not moving. Unfortunately,repparttar 149188 platformed box design of shoes encourages heel contact with motion, thus decreasing reaction time and speed and settingrepparttar 149189 stage for injury. (see The natural movement ofrepparttar 149190 foot is a complex, resilient, flexing and rolling motion – notrepparttar 149191 two dimensional heel-foot thumping forced upon it by modern footwear. The natural foot roll employsrepparttar 149192 same principle used by a parachutist when landing. By folding and rollingrepparttar 149193 chance of injury is dramatically decreased. So too shouldrepparttar 149194 foot roll at each landing. That is, in fact, what it is anatomically designed to do. The motion I speak of isrepparttar 149195 natural rolling from light heel contact or no heel contact, torepparttar 149196 lateral (outer) arch, torepparttar 149197 ball, then torepparttar 149198 toes. (see

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