While Mr. Depp might pass on his letters to a fan-mail answering service, Professor/Dr.Rothbart reads each and every question that you send him about your chronic pain problem.
In this article, Professor/Dr. Rothbart answers your questions on Barefoot Shoes and Rocker Bottoms and how and why your feet send messages to your brain.
What Do You Think About ‘Healthy Shoes’ Such As Barefoot Shoes And Rocker Bottoms?
Shoe manufacturers are not in the business of creating good health, but of coming up with ornamental shoe wear, which they hope will make them make lots of money.
Barefoot shoes are like walking barefooted, but there’s no physical advantage to wearing them (over no shoes at all) other than to protect the bottoms of your feet.
Podiatrists and Physical Therapists have linked barefoot (minimalist) shoes to plantar fasciitis and stress fractures, but in my opinion overuse injuries in the foot have more to do with the foot structure than using (or not using) shoes (barefoot or otherwise).
If you were born with an abnormal foot structure, you are at higher risk (compared to those with normal foot structures) for developing foot injuries, whether you run in running shoes, barefoot shoes or barefooted.
Rocker bottoms, a shoe design previously sold to the public 25 years ago, have been reintroduced to a new public. The manufacturers claim that the rocker bottoms require less muscular effort to walk and therefore allow you to be on your feet all day with less fatigue. This is only marketing hype. The truth is that wearing these shoes is dangerous because they are unstable; creating imbalance, which can easily cause an injury and result in chronic pain issues throughout your body.
If you find this hard to believe, go to my article:Sketchers Shape-Ups and the Rothbarts Foot: An Ankle Injury Waiting To Happen and read the dozens of reader comments about their injuries sustained by wearing rocker bottom shoes. Currently there is a law suit against one of the manufacturers of rocker bottoms for this very reason.
Considering the torture women put themselves through to look good (such as 8 inch high spike heels) I find it amazing that shoes that make you rock and shoes with toes are being purchased at all. Obviously – great marketing!
How And Why Does My Foot Send Messages To My Brain?
The answer lies in first looking at how your entire body works. It’s not a bag of isolated parts, each functioning on its’ own. Instead, each cell, organ and system is reliant on the others for their survival. And in order to survive, almost everything sends and receives information to and from your brain. For example:
1. The temperature sensitive receptors in your skin send a signal to your brain telling it that your hand is touching something hot. Your brain responds by telling your hand to retract from the heat source.
2. Your inner ear equilibrium center sends information to your brain telling it that you are walking on a slope. Your brain responds by telling your body how to maintain an upright position while walking on the slope without falling down.
3. Your optic (eye) nerve sends information to your brain telling it how much light your eyes are receiving. Your brain responds by telling your pupils to dilate or restrict.
4. The stretch sensitive receptors in your muscles send information to your brain, telling it when a muscle is being used and how much pull tension is being placed on it. Your brain responds by relaxing or tightening the muscles to prevent them from being over stretched or over contracted while under load (e.g. when lifting an object).
It’s the same with your feet and brain. Your feet send messages (signals) to your brain telling your brain the position of your body relative to the ground (your posture). Your brain responds by adjusting your posture so that you can maintain an erect position, even on irregular ground surfaces.
If the signals sent from your feet are distorted (due to an abnormal foot structure) your brain acts on these distorted signals, creating a distorted posture.
If the signals sent from your feet are correct (due to a normal foot structure) your brain acts on these correct signals, creating a good posture. This is the connection between the feet and the brain.
If you have more in depth questions on Barefoot Shoes and Rocker Bottoms or how your foot sends messages to your brain, be sure to read other articles on the Curing Chronic Pain website. Professor/Dr. Rothbart works hard to answer your questions and keep you informed on his latest research.
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Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain