Healthy Feet are Happy Feet

If you’re reading this post today, you most likely are of the mindset that taking care of your heart and muscles and joints is important to your overall well being. But let me ask you a question.  How well are you caring for your feet?  As we get older, the likelihood of developing a foot condition increases.  In fact, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 has foot pain, stiffness or aching feet.  However, taking a little time each day to care for your feet will make a massive difference in the long run.  

The foot and ankle complex is complex.  There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons, in one foot alone.  Two of the most important functions of the feet and ankles are to keep the body balanced and to ensure that stress is distributed correctly not only through these structures but also throughout the musculoskeletal system.  If function of the foot and ankle complex is compromised, other parts of the body have to compensate.

The main deviation in the foot that causes pain, injury, and movement dysfunction is overpronation.  Overpronation occurs when the foot collapses or rolls too far inward for normal function, leading the heel and ankle to fall inward, causing the arch to flatten.  Take a second now to answer a couple of questions.  Do you ever experience pain in your feet or ankles?  Do your feet face forward or does one (or both) face out?  Check out your big toes now.  Does one or both have a bunion or point toward your other toes and away from the midline of your bod?  And one more question, when you’re doing a squat or forward lunge, do your knees tend to fall inward?  

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then most likely you’re an overpronator.  Now’s the time to begin addressing the issues and get your feet back on track.  It may be that you’ve been putting off having a medical evaluation for fear of the dreaded surgery but as a child of a father who is dealing with lots of foot issues at this point in his life, I suggest now rather than later.  Or you may have evaluated your foot complex and decided that  they l