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“Barefoot” in The O.R. May 27, 2010

Posted by The Barefoot MD in : Life, Thoughts , trackback

Today was the last time I will ever scrub in for surgery as a medical student (two days left and I leave that title behind) . . . and since I’m going into Psychiatry, I’ll probably never scrub in again.  I took the opportunity to have another almost barefoot experience.  I wore my Vibram Five Fingers (VFFs) in the O.R. today.  Of course, they were covered up by shoe covers, but the experience was reaffirming.

I’ve written extensively on the feedback your body receives when you are barefoot or nearly barefoot.  This feedback is essential to being more in touch with the environment around you.  Increased balance and increased awareness of your body are a couple benefits.

Here is my experience.  If I can’t be barefoot and I can get away with it, I wear my VFFs.  I love wearing them around.  They are most certainly a conversation starter, and I love sharing my passion about barefooting.  I noticed something throughout the day.  Normally I begin feeling my feet hurt in the later part of the day which would last all night, I noticed periodically that one foot would ache a bit which signaled me to shift my weight . . . I would stand in a different way.  This happened repeatedly throughout the day.  What I notice looking back over the day is that my feet don’t feel like I’ve been standing on hard, shiny, operating room floors all day.

By allowing my arches and feet to do their job and tell me how I should be standing, I didn’t end up having painful feet at the end of the day.  It’s not going to win me a Nobel Prize, but this experience is certainly one that is very supportive of the barefoot life . . . allowing your body to function as it should.

Enjoy your soles!

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1. Kelley - May 27, 2010

I’ve been going barefoot more frequently, and I’m noticing that though my feet don’t necessarily hurt at the end of the day, my legs do. This evening I was pretty tired and needed to sit down because I’d been on my feet, mostly barefooted, for most of the day. I did find myself shifting my weight aroudn during the day.

I wonder if the reason my legs hurt today is because I tend to supinate when I’m not thinking about it. When I do yoga, I have to center myself much more fully on my feet, and my feet and legs NEVER hurt afterwards. Actually, they feel stronger and more energized. I guess I just need to be more careful about the way I’m distributing my weight when I’m barefooted.

You’ve got me thinking, David. Oh, and I talked about barefoot running with a 14yo friend of mine today. She’s interested, too. 🙂

2. The Barefoot MD - May 31, 2010

Hey Kelley! I think the reason you were feeling it more in your legs is that they are being worked in ways they haven’t previously been worked. Remember, when you’re in shoes, you use different muscles and allow others to atrophy. Most likely, the hurting in your legs is similar, if not identical, to when you have a really good workout. Keep it up and you’ll get stronger and stronger!