One of the absolute integral parts of the human body that has carried us all through the years, and which has gained much less recognition that they’ve deserved, are the feet.
There is much talk about “foundation” in the world of Yoga and exercise, yet the feet are not often found themselves to be the main protagonist of this narrative. This is of direct consequence to anyone who finds themselves inhabiting a body 😉.
The truth is, as one of the most influential podiatrists (Dr William Rossi) in our history never tired of expressing, that the feet inform the mechanics of the rest of the body. He pioneered the long awaited revelation that the main culprit that his literally devastated our feet are shoes. “There is substantial and incontestable evidence that no commercial footwear fits properly...”
An important skill that our feet have lost that will be highlighted here is the ability to evert (pic below)
The primary muscles that govern this movement are the “Peroneals”
Due to the prevalence of a heel lift found in almost every shoe on earth, the foot has been habituated into a position that has negatively affected the full function of these muscles.
Other than instituting a daily barefoot walking regimen, a great way to revive our peroneals are to use elastic Therabands in conjunction with plantar flexion
The setup is fairly simple as illustrated in the first image
-anchor the elastic band just above the ankle on the inside (medial) part of the shin, on exhale slowly lift the heels off the floor & on inhale lower back down while resisting the tension of the band
-this can be performed in sets of 10-20 repetitions, depending on strength tolerance.