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Foot Health Awareness

Healthy Feet Are the Foundation of A Healthy Body

Conditions like flat feet, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, and more can cause a lot of pain and overcompensation in your feet and the rest of the body. Here are some of the most common ways in which your feet can affect your whole body…

Back and Joint Pain

If you have any sort of foot issue, it’s likely that you’re changing the way you walk to avoid hurting it more. You may not even be aware that this is happening. This overcompensation and misaligned walking patterns can cause back pain, because it causes your spine to become misaligned as well. Your foot is not only important to your balance, but your whole back can be affected too.

This is especially the case for people with flat feet. Flat feet cause a misalignment with the ankle and can affect your whole body - from the knees to the hips to the spine and neck. Your body will naturally compensate, causing you to walk, sit, and stand in unhealthy ways that may only make the condition worse.

Flat feet also don’t have a proper arch to absorb the shock of everyday walking, running, standing, etc. This means that your joints – especially the knees and hips - have to absorb all this shock, even though they aren’t designed to do so. Over time, this added stress can cause severe ankle, knee, and hip malfunction. Talk to one of our podiatrists today to find out what can be done about your flat feetImbalance and Posture Problems

Your feet can cause imbalance and posture problems as well. When your feet aren’t properly aligned with the rest of your body, it’s easy to see that this can throw your overall balance off as well. This makes you more prone to accidental slips and falls, which could result in further injury.

Although most people don’t have perfect posture all the time, poor posture is often exaggerated for people with foot problems. When foot pain occurs, the body tries to redistribute its weight so it doesn’t fall so heavily on painful parts of the feet. This results in poor posture that, over time, becomes habitual. Correcting these issues as soon as they are discovered is the best way to avoid foot problems spiraling into a whole body issue.Leg Pain

In addition to bones and joints, your feet are also full of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect to the rest of your body. Any pain in your feet can also commonly travel into your legs. The lower legs are most commonly affected, since that is where the soft tissue is most closely connected. Calf pain, stiffness, soreness or leg muscle weakness can actually be a result of foot problems.

Organ Function

You may not know it but your feet make an impact on your organ health as well. Consider this… The sensory nerves and touch receptors in your feet are sending messages to your brain every second. If there’s an issue with your feet, your brain is receiving messages that there’s a problem, so it will start sending information to make adjustments throughout your body - including your organs. Your feet are intricately connected to the rest of your body in ways you’ve probably never thought of before, but can have a major impact on your life.