What do you know about your feet? Yes, they have a tendency to bark or even ache on a daily basis. Ever wonder why or even better, who on earth first compared foot pain to dogs barking? Well unfortunately I'm only able to answer ONE of Life's mysteries today!
In the chiropractic world general foot dysfunction can be related to a number of other dysfunctions, further up the kinetic chain. Knee, hip, and low back pain to name a couple. When the foot is subluxed shock absorption is hindered and energy the excess energy from impact is sent up the kinetic chain (ie energy goes where energy flows) much like water, taking the pass of least resistance. This energy is absorbed in numerous other joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments in the lower extremity and back. Over time double duty leads to pain and dysfunction in more than just the foot.
A few things you can do to keep your feet healthy: 1. periodic if not regular chiropractic adjustments to ensure proper alignment and movement of the spine and extremities. 2. change your shoes every 4-6 months. Even the best running shoes are only built to last 6 months under the best conditions and depending on your build (heavier individuals will wear the soul of the shoe down faster) you may need a new pair every 3-4 months. 3. Get a functional movement screen, this can help determine how functional the lower extremity is, especially differentiating between a pathological and anatomical flat feet. 4. Stop pounding the pavement so much! If you're a runner I would suggest you mix in other forms of cardio. The impact that goes into the foot with every step is up to 8000 N of force (1800 lbs) and those of us that are larger than the average bear, its even more. It adds up!! There are numerous other activities that can accomplish the same results with considerably less trauma to the body! 5. Lose weight. Very few of us are at an ideal weight. I personally would like to lose 10-15 pounds permanently over the next couple years, now that my rugby career is over I have no need for an extra 15 pounds of mass that weighs me down every day.
At the end of the day we have to take care of our bodies! One of the biggest keys to longevity in life is mobility. in old age those of us resigned to wheelchairs don't stick around as long as those able to get up and move and exercise. getting adjusted periodically, eating right and being smart about our exercise are a couple easy ways to start! Hope you enjoyed my little blurb, feel free to ask any questions and hope to see you soone rather than later!
Mark Aylor D.C.