Experience the Joy of Pain-Free Feet
by strengthening your feet and restoring their natural alignment
The Healthy Feet Alliance is a global community of podiatrists, sports medicine professionals, natural footwear pioneers, biomechanics experts, and health fanatics united by a common mission.
Our mission is to bring the power of natural foot health to the masses by connecting people with: educational resources, natural-minded health professionals, and products that promote foot health.
Reclaim your foot health
The best way to deal with foot pain is to strengthen your feet and restore their natural alignment.
The constant use of overly-supportive footwear (with narrow toe boxes), orthotics, arch support, and other external braces allows the muscles in the feet to weaken. Weak feet lead to pain and injury. Common foot issues that may result include: plantar fasciosis, bunions, flat feet, hammertoes, in-grown toe nails, etc.
If you’re ready to start reclaiming your foot health, this is the place to start! Check out our FREE guide: The 3 Steps to Pain-Free Feet.
Want Help Fixing your feet?
Our Directory of Health Professionals can help connect you with local health pros who are committed to natural foot care. Each of the members listed in the directory has committed to the Healthy Feet Manifesto.
One of our goals at the Healthy Feet Alliance is to unite all of the natural-minded health professionals from around the globe.
Use our Directory of Health Professionals to find a health provider near you.
Find Better Shoes
The simplest way to strengthen your feet is to go barefoot or wear natural footwear. Natural footwear is often referred to as: minimalist shoes, barefoot shoes, anatomic footwear, or functional footwear.
No matter what you call these shoes, there are three features they must have:
- Foot-Shaped Toe Box – The toe box of the shoe should be wide to allow the toes to splay naturally.
- No Heel Rise – The entire foot should rest at the same level. The heel should not be higher than the toes. This promotes natural posture and movement.
- Flexible Sole (without excessive cushion) – The shoe should flex and move naturally as the foot moves. Cushion should be limited to the least amount needed for any activity.
We have gathered some of our favorite shoes and brands together in our Shoe Finder. This tool will allow you to sort and filter so you can identify the perfect pair of shoes.
Straight from the experts
So you’ve decided to try barefoot shoes. But where do you even begin? Transitioning to barefoot shoes is a process and it can feel overwhelming at first. Let’s take the first step toward healthy feet and get your first pair of minimalist shoes!
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