“Why do your feet look different from each other? Evaluate why you may be having foot and bunion pain with this one tip”
There’s a lot of stress placed on your feet when you are standing, walking, running or jumping (as an active athlete or not). If you’re going to be on your feet a lot, you want them to feel good, you want to avoid injuries and avoid causing bunions to form or worsen.
With this one tip that you can use to evaluate your own feet, you will easily understand where your feet may be stressed and why some other areas of your body may be hurting because of it. You can stop wasting money on store-bought shoe support, medications you take because of body and joint pain and stop missing out on the activities you love doing because of foot pain.
One chiropractic client, John, had foot pain but also talked about how funny his rolled in toes were. He said it was normal in his family, everyone else had them too. All of the little toes on one foot would roll towards the big toe and it looked like there were calluses on them. Once he was shown by a chiropractor how his feet are being stressed and twisting every time he takes a step and it was affecting the rest of his body, he decided to get treatment. Soon after treatment his foot pain was gone and his knees and back felt better too. He also saw that his calluses stopped getting bigger.
This one tip you can use to evaluate your own feet has helped my dancers and other active clients get the help to finally stop their foot pain and feel better from their feet all the way up to their backs.
It’s called the Symmetry tip: Take a look at your feet when you are standing barefoot on the ground. Notice how some joints look more bent or rotated in your toes than the other side, and how one foot may flatten out more than the other. This tells you that your feet are different on each side. If one foot is flatter, that arch needs more support.
John had rolled in toes. All of his little toes in his right foot were rolling in and looked like they were trying to grip the ground harder than the other side. This went along with a flatter foot on that side and pain in his knee and hip because of the constant stress and rotation he had in his leg. All of this was because the awkward pressure on his feet when his foot planted during each step.
Another chiropractic client, Janet, had a bunion on one side but it wasn’t forming as much on the other side. She also had back pain, neck pain and pain in her feet and knees when she participated in a lot of on-her-feet activities. Her bunion tells the story of a foot rolling inward too much, just like John…but because of the extent of her foot roll and her unique body, she had pain in other areas than John. With treatment to her feet and specific areas of her back and neck, she felt great all over and her bunion pain was relieved.
Feet are different from each other for many reasons. It’s important to see the changes that may be taking place in your body before they cause more pain and degeneration in other areas that you may not know of. It’s just like the wear of your car tires when you always have to turn right and “gas it” up a hill; because of this, your tires can be more worn out on one side. These small differences, that you usually don’t notice, can affect one foot differently than the other and also can affect the chain of joints going up from your knees to your neck.
“Ditch the Foot Pain: The #1 Exercise that Prepares your Feet for a Big Active Day”
You’ve got a big day coming up in two weeks or less and your dreading being on your feet the whole time. Maybe you know you might have a lot of pain afterward. Here’s how to prepare your feet so they’re ready and won’t be so achy at the end of the day; this is what you do before your big event.
You want the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons to be ready for your big day so they aren’t strained and painful at the end of the day. Strengthening your foot muscles is like getting a better and stronger handle for a full shopping bag. Your muscles need to be strong and pliable to hold your bones together properly in their joints. Sometimes through the force of walking, jumping, or running, bones shift and twist just slightly, but it puts a lot of strain on the muscles and joints that are attached. The muscles, tendons and ligaments are twisted and stretched to adapt. Because of this, they are strained and your feet hurt.
A chiropractic patient, Sara, had flat feet. Because of this, she would regularly get foot, ankle and knee pain. When she walked, her feet would spread out in her shoes and cause strain on all the ligaments, tendons and muscles in her foot. She didn’t know it until she came to the chiropractor, but her occasional hip, back and neck pain often stemmed from the problems in her feet. The movement and shifting of the foot bones caused movement and shifting in her legs, hips and consequently put strain on her whole back. She got evaluated and treated and quickly felt better all over because of it.
Here’s the exercise you want to do 10 times a day, two weeks before you have a big, on-your-feet event so your feet feel strong and comfortable. This is one of the many tips that I give for my active patients, athletes and dancers.
Stand squarely on both feet. Put a pencil, length-wise, gripped under your toes on one foot. Act like you’re heightening your main foot arch (the arch that touches the other when your feet are together) and roll the pencil to you by pulling the arch of your foot up towards your head while keeping the outside of your foot, your heels, and your toes touching the ground. Do this 20 times on each foot every day. In two weeks this major arch should be stronger and help your feet become better prepared to resist pain when you need them most.
This foot strengthener will get you closer to solid, strong feet that will resist pain even when you’re standing on your feet all day or have days full of activity.
Your feet are unique when compared with anyone else’s. Any one piece of advice given doesn’t substitute for a thorough foot evaluation by an expert who can see the specific needs of your feet and ankles and why you may be experiencing pain during your daily activities.
Put this tip to task for your next planned activity and please let our office know how well you did.
***I help you evaluate your unique body needs so we can find out what the reason for your pain is with my “Foot, Ankle, and Knee Evaluation for All Over Relief”.