Link: You walk wrong

It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot. But we’re wrecking it with every step we take.

Go read it. It will explain a lot of things about lots of little things your body does as you get older.

Then Matthews sits splay-legged in front of me, puts her hand on my ankle, and asks me to move my talus bone. Weirdly, I’m able to do this. She explains that, when we don’t use our feet properly, our muscles have to strain to compensate—not just in our feet but in our whole body. She asks me to lift the front of my foot, which I also do. She then replants my foot and asks me to “trust my bones to hold me up.”

And I have to tell you, in that brief moment, it felt like I had never stood up properly on my own two feet before in my entire life.

Now I realize noesh has mostly gotten it right. I need a pair of converses since the real deal is out of my reach and — let’s admit it — Tijuana is definitely not a good place to be walking around barefoot.