Your feet have more to say about your overall wellbeing than you can imagine!
The feet with their 26 bones, 107 ligaments, 33 joints and 19 muscles - each - are probably some of the most amazing mechanical structures in our bodies. So how can we transform our health by prioritising our feet?
When we say the feet are the foundation to the body, we mean that good feet lead to good knees, lead to good hips, and so on. Too much or too little mobility in certain joints in the feet can cause stress to move up the body. Have you ever considered that your hip pain may be due to a problem lower down? This is what Chiropractors and Osteopaths are great at looking for!
That's all well and good, but what do you do to improve? We've got 3 ideas to consider...
Try integrating these exercises into your morning routine, and throughout the day.
Stretch your achilles by standing on the edge of a step and letting your heels dip off.
If you've been standing for a long period of time, circle your ankles to reactivate them.
Treat yourself to a foot massage in the morning, or at the end of a long day.
INVEST IN SHOES
"Invest in your shoes and your sheets because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other."
You never regret buying a pair of good quality, comfy shoes. Price can be a factor, but good shoes come with added durability. Not to mention the added mobility, reduction in day-to-day discomfort, and improved mood - which are priceless!
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A HELPING HAND
Southcote offers a Functional Feet service that assesses the shape, mobility and functionality of your feet. Additionally advising on shoes for walking and running, and potentially prescribing orthotics. We cannot over-emphasise the importance of your feet, so if you have struggled with flat feet, bunions, general pain, etc, consider making an appointment!
Read more about this service here: www.southcote.com/functional-feet