This is a brief overview of foot concerns and care. Please call me with questions on how massage can help your foot issues!
The human foot and ankle is a complex structure containing more than 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. How the feet function affects the whole body.
According to Reflexology theory, the feet are a map of the whole body, and you can treat the whole body by treating the feel.
A) Things that can cause trouble:
1) Foot structure (high arches, flat feet, etc), tight calf muscles.
2) Shoes – too small, stiff, or tight. High heels. Unevenly worn soles.
3) Overdoing it, working or playing on hard surfaces
4) “Weak ankles” – some combination of loose ligaments and/or weak calf muscles.
B) A few things that can happen:
1) Plantar Fascitis – causes include high arches, over use and poor support. Symptom – sharp pain, worse in the morning, felt in the instep and towards the heel.
2) Shin Splints – causes similar to plantar fascitis, also muscle imbalances. Symptom: pain along shin bone. Can be confused with a stress fracture.
3) Neuromas – causes include tight shoes or narrow spaces between foot bones. Symptom: feels like a sock or something is rolled up under the ball of your foot. Irritates the nerve. Important to address right away before it gets too severe.
4) Ankle sprains – muscle and/or ligament weakness
C) How to prevent and heal:
1) Protect (wear shoes that are right for you)
2) Stretch & Strengthen (yoga and other exercises)
3) Massage – both calves and feet.