The Importance of Proper Foot Care
Did you know there are times when your feet and ankles need to be adjusted? Yes, misalignments and fixations can and do occur in your feet. Far too often foot pain is ignored as simply being tired feet.
Your feet are a very unique, dynamic and complex structures. Each foot contains 26 bones and 33 joints. Together the feet make up more than 1/4 of all the bones in your body.
The average person will take between 8000 to 10,000 steps per day and cover approximately 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Walking is a natural activity and should not cause discomfort.
Even if your feet do not hurt, an underlying foot problem can cause discomfort or pain in your leg, hip, back and neck due to structural compensations. What exactly do I mean by structural compensations? By design your feet are the foundation of your body. So how can foot problems cause a headache or neck pain?
Have you ever noticed how a foundation problem in a house can cause cracks to form in the walls or cause doors and windows to not open properly? This happens because the house is actually shifting or “compensating” due to the changes in the foundation. Your body actually will do the same thing. In your body, the muscles, ligaments and skeletal structures will shift to overcome the stresses that originate in your feet. It is this shifting that ultimately leads to soft tissue swelling and pain in other areas of your body.
Foot Problems Commonly Cause:
- Foot Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Leg Length Deficiencies (Short Leg)
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
- Weak Ankles
- Low Back Pain
If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms, give me a call so that we can schedule an examination and begin correcting your foot problem.
Yours in Health, Naturally!