Wearing Homeopathy On You Feet
June 18, 2006
by Marilyn Freedman
I just bought a pair of Nike “Free” athletic shoes for cross training for my son and myself. The premise of the shoe is that: it is like going barefoot and will build muscles and make the foot stronger. What my son said was, “These running shoes are like wearing homeopathy on your feet!” It was a great way to put it. Let me explain: the fundamental homeopathic principle for cure is that Like cures Like. This is the opposite way of doing things conventionally. For instance, if you are flat footed, chances are that you are wearing orthotics, or specialty shoes with arch supports. So, the first thing I noticed when I tried on the Nike Free shoes is that, not only is your foot not supported, but it is put into a more pronounced.state of pronation than is comfortable. (Pronation = flat feet, no arch) So the feet have to compensate by readjusting constantly. You can see the ankles, the shins, knees, everything all the way up, shifting in reaction to the adjustment. The shoes are like a homeopathic remedy because after wearing them you can feel the arch you’ve been missing and muscles you never knew you had. Another basic principle of homeopathy is “Minimum Dose”. This applies to the shoes – they should only be worn for short increments each day until you build up strength.
Now, a little history: About 14 years ago I narrowly escaped the surgeon’s knife because of the crippling pain in my feet that was not being alleviated by the very expensive custom orthotics I had made. The podiatrist obliged me every few months by readjusting or making new ones which were O.K. for awhile and then the pain came back. The miracle cure for me was Birkenstocks. I tried on a pair and never took them off over the course of the summer. It only took a week of wearing them and I was pain free. I have Birkenstock orthotics, shoes and sandals and highly recommend them to everyone suffering with their feet.
But, since I’m pain free now – I think I can stand for a little exercise torture.