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This article is from Answers magazine, November–December 2017
Toes are the unsung heroes of human motion. Most people don’t even pay attention to them unless they stub them on the furniture, but the important jobs they do every day highlight God’s careful design. Consider all the times you’ve stumbled and managed to catch yourself before falling. Without your thinking about it, your toes spread out to stabilize you. Or they stiffened to give you that extra leverage you needed to regain equilibrium.
Stand up barefoot.
Have someone push you, gently at first, and then harder until you have to take a step to keep from falling.
Now repeat the experiment, this time standing only on your heels. How much easier was it to push you off balance?
Walk barefoot across a long room and back twice.
Count your steps as you walk and remember this number.
Curl your toes off the floor and walk back and forth again.
Count your steps. Compare this number to the first.
Is it a different number than before? Did using your toes let you take fewer steps?