Look after your feet!
- February 24, 2017
- Look after your feet!
Coming in all shapes and sizes, the foot is one of the most vital structures that we possess. A study in 2015 discovered that the average British person takes 6322 steps a day. That’s an incredible amount of stress going through the foot and this is just in one day, so during an average week, we can expect to take somewhere in the region of 44,400 steps!
The foot is a hugely complex structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and over a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Being the foundation for stability and movement it is essential to keep our feet as supple and as well supported as possible. During Osteopathic practice, it is often the case that pain experienced in the lower back and in the hips is the result of foot condition or dysfunction.
But what can we do to keep our feet healthy and functioning optimally? With the feet being the furthest structure from the vital organs they can be the first to experience a lack of oxygenated blood especially during winter when we are less active. To keep them stimulated, practice massaging the sole (plantar fascia) of the foot to activate the muscles and keep the blood moving back up the body.
With the weather improving and getting warmer, take time to walk out on the lawn in your bare feet. Again this can stimulate blood flow to the area and allows the muscles to fire and keep the foot mobile. If you have any problems walking barefoot then please consult your doctor before doing so.
With all the different shoes out there all claiming to be the right one for you, it can be difficult to know which way to turn. Getting your feet assessed by an Osteopath can be a great start to improving the health of your feet, alternatively a qualified podiatrist can help with more severe foot types, which may need a particular type of specialised shoe. If you need any guidance with this then please get in touch with us here at the Exeter Osteopaths, we will be delighted to help you in any way we can.
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