Do you know how good Toesox are for your feet?
There are several reasons why we ask people to wear ‘grippy’ socks in the studio. Firstly for hygiene reasons and of course, health and safety on the machines – the grip will keep you from slipping. But socks with individual toes are also great for keeping your feet happy and healthy.
Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments all of which work together to provide support, balance and mobility to the body.
The design of our feet has taken millions of years and they weren’t designed to be squeezed into modern-day footwear – especially those killer heels!
The toes are designed to be splayed and the traditional shape of shoes has them round to a point, meaning that the big toe is often pushed towards the middle of the foot. The little toe is also pushed into the foot by the other side of the shoe.
This ‘squeezing’ of the foot, coupled with a heel on the shoe puts a heavy loads through the big toe. This can result in a deviation of the big toe aand lead to bunions.
Wearing socks with individual toes allows your feet to move as they were designed, with the toes splayed to support your frame.
Whilst practicing Pilates you’re focused constantly on alignment and control. The use of individual toe socks helps to separate your toes and allow the foot to begin to align correctly.
As teachers, it also allows us to see, analyse and adjust the movement and proprioception of your feet.