Switching to unsupportive shoes with thin flexible soles can be a big change, and for some people it’s not advised to try it without professional/medical guidance. While most otherwise-healthy individuals can adapt over time to barefoot and minimalist shoes, if you have the following you might consider working with a professional:
- Ehlers Danlos/severe hypermobility
- Rigid musculoskeletal deformities
- Any pre-existing chronic foot condition
- Peripheral neuropathy
Despite the fact that the transition can be long and involved for some people, in most cases it’s a not a question of whether it’s possible, but whether you are willing to stick with the process. And don’t forget that it’s not an all or nothing deal – almost anyone regardless of their starting point can improve their foot health. A few ways to do this even if you meet the above criteria are:
- Choose shoes with a wider toe box. You can keep your support, cushion, and even a heel rise and still benefit from the toe space.
- Do basic foot exercises. These are very beneficial and available to most individuals.
- Provide safe sensory stimulation for your feet through Naboso products or with barefoot time (adapting this to your personal condition).