CLINICAL FAQs

Our products and training are all aimed at improving foot mobility, strength and control as well as whole-body coordination and balance.

This training combined with a transition towards ‘natural’ footwear (and spending more time barefoot) is the best way to restore natural foot function.

Most people will find that this process will improve their condition and reduce or eliminate their pain, however there can be many other factors that contribute to the experience of pain and individualised guidance is key here.

You can checkout our practitioner directory to find someone near you!

While you may have certain genetic predispositions to bunions (e.g. ligament laxity), it is highly likely that there are also environmental and behavioural factors contributing as well, such as narrow/rigid/heeled shoes and a sedentary lifestyle.

Either way, if you have bunions now then surgery is not the only option - it is always best to trial a period of consistent foot strength and mobility training along with a transition to wide/flat footwear.

Many people can improve and even reverse thier bunions in this way. If you do end up needing to have  surgery, then taking this approach first will mean you’ll already be in a better position to recover and prevent recurrence.

Knee pain is often the result of dysfunction at the feet, ankles and hips - when we restore natural foot function (which involves restoring hip function as well) then our knees often improve as well.

That being said, it is important to improve the strength and mobility around the knee as well with some targeted exercises.

Our SoleMate comes with a full online training program that includes some progressive drills for the entire lower limb (feet, ankles, knees and hips).

After an ankle injury, the primary goal is to restore strength, mobility and proprioception to the area, while also optimising function in the feet, knees and hips to help protect the ankle from reinjury.

Our SoleMate is the best product to help with this as it provides a range of exercises for the whole lower limb and comes with a full online training program with 60+ exercises from beginner to advanced.

Mobility is a combination of strength, flexibility and control and this can be improved through progressive training - our SoleMate + Training System is the best place to start for this, along with a gradual transition to spending more time sitting on the ground.

Check out our full blog post on the importance of Ground Living to understand why. 

Morton’s neuroma is a condition caused primarily by tight, narrow and stiff footwear that cramps the muscles, joints and nerves in the front of the foot together.

The best strategy for Morton's Neuroma is to switch to wide/flexible/flat footwear and work through some foot restoration exercises aimed at strengthening and mobilising the feet. Our Foot Restoration Kit is the perfect tool to get started!

In the short term, the best shoes for any condition are the ones that get you through your day with minimal amount of pain or flaring up.

If this means lots of cushioning and support then that is okay, as long as you have a plan to build up the strength/mobility/control to not have to rely on these external supports.

In the long term, transitioning to natural footwear (wide, thin, flat, flexible) and continuing to strengthen and mobilise your feet will be the best way to protect yourself against plantar fasciitis. You can get access to our E-Book on this transition process.

The Solemate is the ideal tool to help improve and even reverse bunions when used in conjunction with a transition to natural footwear.

Results will vary depending on the severity of your bunion and we always recommend individualised assessment and guidance. Check out our practitioner directory to find one near you!