If you have never paid much attention to the health of your feet, you may be surprised to learn that one quarter of the body’s bones are in your feet. Every time you take a step, one half of your body weight is concentrated on the toes; foot pain can be an early warning system for a whole host of other diseases and conditions, and 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at some point in their lives.
Your feet truly deserve some tender loving care!
April is National Foot Care Month
Foot problems are caused by:
- Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
- Skin problems, including warts, corns, calluses, athlete’s foot and psoriasis
- Muscle problems, tendonitis and heel pain
- Toe and toenail problems
- Nerve problems
- Sports injuries
- Common sprains and strains
Other than assuring that your shoes are fitted properly, appropriate for your activities, and comfortable, what can you do to take care of your feet?
Feet and ankles are complex mechanical structures, and good posture as well as good grooming is important to ensure that your feet will last a lifetime. The way you stand, walk and run — even the way you wiggle your toes — can have an effect.
Our chiropractor will help you address your foot problems, including plantar fasciitis and sports injuries. We assess foot alignment in relation to your knees, hips and spine, and we are well acquainted with the function of those 26 bones, 19 muscles 33 joints and 107 ligaments in each foot; as well as how they relate to the rest of your body. Depending on your needs, we can recommend home stretching therapy, ice massage, arch and foot supports or dietary supplements to promote healing.
Walking is the best exercise for feet; it also is beneficial for your total well-being, aiding circulation, increasing stamina, and helping to maintain a healthy weight. So, step out smartly and be smart enough to take good care of those feet!
If you have questions, just call. We’ll help you take that first step to total wellness.