Why Your Feet Need Some Love Too – Tips For Healthy Feet

Our feet carrying us through every day, they are the pillars we walk on, and yet most of us seem to neglect them completely. Sound familiar? Keep reading.

When’s the last time you thought about how your feet were doing? Yeah sure, most of us ladies will get the occasional pedicure, but let’s be honest that’s purely for aesthetics…not health.

The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. It consists of 38 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and is susceptible to many stresses. As a result, a lot can go wrong. And it amazes me how many people I see that never had any type of rehab after a foot or ankle surgery or injury.

The physical health of our feet is not only important because we need them to get through our day…it also affects the entire rest of the body. As a physical therapist, I’m constantly treating people coming in for low back or hip pain (even shoulder pain!!) and they have problems with their feet. Typically we see flat feet or fallen arches, stiffness in the foot or ankle, or muscle weakness. And just simply slapping some arch supports and doing some stretching isn’t going to solve that problem.

Your feet do not have to be in pain for them to be a problem. Think it…if the bottom few blocks of a tower were crumbling would you trust the rest of the tower to be safe and secure? Would you head on up to the top?? Probably not, so why don’t we think about our feet in this way.

The effects of flat feet

Not correcting issues at the feet will surely catch up to you someday. Maybe not tomorrow or even in a few months but eventually it will result in deterioration in some part of the body. Seeing a physical therapist can help prevent that from happening.

But that’s not the only benefit of taking care of our feet. If you’re into Eastern Medicine then you know we have lots and lots of pressure points in our feet that correspond with our internal organs. Working on these pressure points can be very beneficial for clearing blocked energy and healing.

Two great ways to do that are with Reflexology and Acupuncture.

Reflexology may seem like a massage but when the practitioner applies pressure to the appropriate reflex points, the nerves send signals that reduce tension and increase blood supply. The result is better oxygenation, nutrition, and waste removal, which allows the body to heal itself.

And different than the Dry Needling you may have experienced with me, acupuncture is an alternative medicine therapy that involves inserting very thin needles into the body at certain “meridian” points in order to relieve pain, treat body disorders, and clear life energy blockages so as to restore the body’s yin and yang.

This Saturday we have a special event going on at our clinic and we will be providing ALL of this, as well as foot soaks and foot scrubs. I mean seriously, does it get any better than that?

Oh wait….it’s FREE!

So, grab a friend (or not) and join us this Saturday at 10am-1pm at Empower Physical Therapy & Wellness in Wheat Ridge for this can’t miss event!

Register Here!

Missed it? 🙁 Don’t worry we have fun events like this often, check here for our next one.

About The Author

Casey Murphy

Dr. Casey Murphy is the Founder of Wheat Ridge’s Leading Specialist Physical Therapy Practice for People in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s+, who want to keep healthy and active. You may know of Casey for her ability to keep people free from painkillers, injections, and surgery. Her mission is to keep people from being sidelined from life and get them back to doing the things they love. Dr. Murphy is also certified in Pilates and teaches rehab Pilates classes as well as utilizes her training to assist in recovery and regaining motor control and stability.