Conventional footwear is the problem.
The human body innately functions best when we walk and run on bare feet, because they are able to move freely and receive the sensory information required for healthy protective reflex function. In fact, studies have shown that people who run barefoot suffer much less damaging stress to their bodies and fewer ankle and lower leg injuries. Healthy reflex function is diminished by footwear that limits our natural ability to raise our arches and toes. The more we wear shoes with rigid soles, cushioning, support, and restrictive toe boxes, the more we experience 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 painfree movement from your feet to your legs, hips, and back.
*Robbins and Waked study, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 1997.