Conventional footwear is the problem.
The human body innately functions best when we walk or run barefoot because our feet are then able to move freely and to receive the sensory information that is necessary for healthy protective reflex function. In fact, studies have shown that those who run barefoot experience much less damaging stress to the body as well as fewer ankle and lower leg injuries. Healthy reflex function is actually impaired by footwear that limits the foot’s natural ability to raise its arches and toes. And the more we wear shoes that feature rigid soles, cushioning, support, and/or restrictive toe boxes, the more we are likely to suffer from foot-related issues and pain.
Even the most expensive athletic shoes – the ones that promise to safeguard your feet through “cushioning impact” – actually account for 123% more frequent injuries than the cheapest shoes.*
Traditional insoles and orthotics don’t solve the issue of problematic footwear. Rather than addressing the underlying cause of the problems and pain, they provide cushioning and support in an effort to mitigate the symptoms, often creating a dependence on that artificial support. BioPods® Stimsoles® provide the variable stimulus required to retrain healthy protective reflex function and optimal body mechanics, helping you to experience pain free movement from your feet to your legs, hips, and back.
*Robbins and Waked study, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 1997.