Foot Body Health Connection

I’m now more aware of the foot body health connection. Why? Because of eight years of research on so-called plantar fasciitis, recent experiences with peripheral vascular disease (PAD), and how my feet tend to ache more as I age. I am in my mid-70s, so no complaints!

Want to feel great? Try a reflexology massage, it’s amazing.

I guess it was a reflexology session, and an interest in asian medicine, that got me thinking about mapping my own feet while studying nociceptive foot pain.

foot body health connection
My plantar fasciitis research led to this map based on data generated using a sophisticated neurostimulator tool aka bent coat hanger.

My feet ache from time to time, for no apparent reason, even when lying in bed. At about 3 a.m. today, I awoke thinking about feet, my battle against PAD as I work to stay in Ironman training, and how people tend to think that body parts are isolated. This is certainly not true of your feet.

Your feet are talking to the rest of your body all the time. Maybe this is why I like those VOXXLife socks so much. It’s like they put a megaphone on the soles of your feet, so your body/mind can hear what they have to say. And what your feet have to say is quite important for your health.

A great way to understand the foot body health connection is to watch your feet as as you move, and to listen to what is going on inside of you. For instance, the other day, while wondering about the heel-hip connection, which is the basis of my working hypothesis for the cause of so-called plantar fasciitis (acute morning heel pain), and the development of appropriate treatments, I observed the connection clearly by watching my feet as I walk.

So many problems can be solved by simply opening your eyes and mind, questioning the obvious, especially entrenched dogmas, and working out what is really going on.

I guess that’s why I enjoyed my research career so much, and clearly it hasn’t stopped yet.

Wishing you happy feet,

kev aka FitOldDog

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.