According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, even the healthiest people (gym-goers, sunscreen-users, and healthy dieters), may have unhealthy feet.
Dr. Eugene Charles is a New York-based practitioner of applied kinesiology referenced in the article. (“Kinesiology” is an alternative medicine that combines elements of chiropractic, physical therapy and other disciplines.)
Below are a few Foot Solutions approved recommendations by Dr. Charles regarding foot health.
3 Tips for Healthy Feet from Dr. Charles (featured in Wall St. Journal)
1. ”People can check for pronation problems by looking at the bottoms of their shoes. Uneven wear means the foot isn’t landing properly, which can cause a collapsed arch and lead to lower back pain. Orthotics are usually recommended in this case.”
2. “Achy feet shouldn’t just be explained away by old age or standing a lot. Rubbing the feet after a long day should feel good. But if the feet are tender to the touch, this could reveal an underlying problem such as overworked muscles or weak arches. Often the wrong shoes are to blame, so try footwear with more support.”
3. “Sometimes a foot problem starts in another part of the body. If the bones in the ankle make a crackling sound when the joint is rotated, this could mean a major muscle located in the calf and foot, called the tibialis posterior, needs to be strengthened. A weak tibialis posterior can cause tendon problems and shin splints. Standing on one foot or doing calf stretches and heel raises can strengthen the muscle.”
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