If you’ve begun to wear barefoot shoes only to start having pain, you might need to back off a little. Here are a few options:
- You can find a barefoot shoe with more cushion
- Add an insole to your existing barefoot shoes
- Switch back and forth between your usual footwear and your new barefoot shoes
- Do foot exercises to stimulate the nerves and strengthen your tissues
Pain signals are messages from our body, we should pay attention! Fortunately a few adjustments can often make a huge difference as your body adapts.
Don’t forget that it’s your feet that do the work (not your shoes), so adding in foot exercises and barefoot time on stimulating textures will strengthen and condition your body more quickly than with new shoes alone.
But if problems persist consider consulting a professional. See How Do You Transition To Barefoot Shoes? for a few recommendations.
Barefoot Shoes for Beginners
Foot Exercises for Transitioning to Barefoot Shoes