EPISODE 312: Barefoot Strong

My balance has always been terrible. It didn’t matter if I was on a skateboard, a balance beam, or in tree pose in yoga; I’ve always found it incredibly challenging to stay steady. Some people are just better at balance than others, but when I was about 30 years old, I realized my high arches and tight calves were largely to blame. Today, I still have excessively high arches, but I’ve managed to stretch and relax them dramatically, and it’s improved my running and walking gates as well as my yoga practice.

Most importantly, I know that strong and flexible feet will positively impact the health of my upstream joints long term.

On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet Dr. Emily Splichal, a podiatrist and movement expert whose research on foot health is some of the best I’ve found.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Joint Coupling: why the foot-floor-core connection cascading up-stream effects into the knees, hips, spine and more
  • Tissue Stress Threshold: the breaking point where you over-stress your feet to the point of pain
  • Foot-to-Core Sequencing: why proprioception and neuromuscular awareness is key to healthy walking, sports, and movement patterns
  • At-Home Exercise: “Short Foot” exercise to strengthen, heal and restore food health


Dr Splichal is a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation. Originally trained as a surgeon through Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and Mt Vernon Hospital in Mt Vernon, NY Dr Splichal has a deep appreciation for the role of surgical intervention as it relates to orthopedic pathology and offers an unbiased second opinion on the appropriateness of surgical recommendations.

She is the author of, Everyday Is Your Runway: A Shoe-Lover’s Guide to Healthy Feet & Legs, Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity

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