I walk too much on the outer sides of my feet. Podologist Vroenhoeven could tell from some extra developed muscles in my feet that compensate for this, and he made a print of my feet that confirmed it. He thinks that in time I might start feeling that higher in my body: in my hips, my back or even my arms.
The barefoot running might worsen it according to him, as I will use a new technique that requires more muscle strength in general. I might get problems in my forefoot or my achilles heel due to that. In general, he thinks that it doesn’t matter whether I walk barefoot or with shoes when it comes to this leaning on the outer sides of my feet. The only thing that might help if I would ever get trouble, is special insoles for my shoes. Another thing he guesses might happen in the year is that my feet become wider.
And what about callous? I had the impression that from the past four months barefoot walking, I didn’t get more callous, just more cushions under my feet. Vroenhoven agrees that you dont get callous from walking on a hard surface, you get it because there’s too much weight on a small area of your feet.
Interesting fact he mentioned: the closer you get to the equator, the flatter feet are. If you go to the polar circle, you see more concave feet, because with these you lose less warmth. So let’s see what happens when temperatures drop in Amsterdam..
I’m a little disappointed he doesn’t see more developed muscles in my feet from the past months of barefoot walking. He thinks feet don’t get stronger without shoes, and I’d like to here my barefoot running coach Ruth Langemeijer on this one, because I think she has a different opinion – I’ll let you know what she says.
I’m excited to go back to mister Vroenhoven in a year and see whether anything has changed.