Strengthen your Foundation: Why is Foot Health so Important?

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Twenty-six bones, thirty-three joints, and a compilation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments complete the complex structures of our feet. Why is foot health so important?

Each component needs to work in unison because we need stability, support, and a way to facilitate mobility that starts with our feet. What we are not told enough during our early years is the importance of our feet, ankles, lower legs, toes, etc. How many times were you told to shake off an injury or dust or yourself off? 

At an early age, we tend to neglect foot health, and then a laundry list of problems begins to surface as we continue to exert more stress on our lower body over the years. We are talking, plantar fasciosis, bunions, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, corns, calluses, osteoarthritis, and the list does keep going, trust us. Some problems are easily treatable, but others can be severe and need advanced treatment. 

Whether you choose to believe it or not, quite a few of our foot ailments are correlated with the shoes we wear. Not all of our foot problems are caused by the shoes we wear, but the ones we listed typically are. From birth, our parents and guardians begin squishing our feet into tight narrow shoes. Right there is where the problem lies because as babies our toe splay on average is very spread. Once our feet are shoved into these modern shoes that are not natural to our feet, overtime they begin to change and model the shoes we typically wear on average. 

Remember our natural foot function has our feet as shock absorbers. Each step we take, our feet are made to brunt the load of our body weight. Modern shoes with too much support or lack of flexibility can throw off our alignment in each step causing stress in other areas of the foot. Now you may find pain in your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. When you continue this cycle for 10-12 hours per day for 15-20 years, what do you expect to happen in the end? That’s right chronic foot ailments or lack of mobility and overall functionality. 

For obvious reasons, we can not fix the problem when it initially begins but we can take a proactive approach to treatments for many of these ailments. With the right combination of foot strengthening exercises and natural alignment orthotics such as Correct Toes, we can get your feet in better shape. The goal is to help you avoid any major surgery. While we understand, in some cases surgery may be the only option. We are hoping this option is a last resort. We care for your overall health and are passionate about the care we can provide to individuals who are looking to maintain an active lifestyle but in a more comfortable way. 

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