Saturday, 10 February 2018

Length and shape of Toes

How closely have you looked at your toes?

When considering what style of footwear to choose, that shape is important.

When there are long 3rd or 4th toes, slip on footwear should be avoided.

When slip ons are worn in such a case over time hard skin and corns arise on the toes and balls of the feet eventually pain will arise followed by toe deformity such as hammer and mallet toes.

The style to go for to prevent such things developing is  footwear with an ankle fixing. Such styles keep the heel back in the heel cup so maximising the space in the forefoot.

The shape of the forefoot should also be chosen with care. Some people have a very square forefoot. If that is the case the more rounded the shape the better.

Remember  prevention is always better the cure.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

High  heels

High heeled footwear is not inherently bad. Generally it is all about moderation. Regardless of what it is, anything taken or done to excess is not good for us.

For there to be an even weight distribution over the foot there has to be a heel of approximately 1/4 inch. So a high heel is anything over an inch a half

Obviously the higher the heel the more weight  goes on the front of the foot which is why the ball of the feet hurt. 

As long as all the key joints between hip and toes fall within normal limits and an individual's balance is normal then walking in 4 or 5 inch heels will be comfortable for a period of time. But it makes walking at a normal pace challenging.

Setting aside accidents and injuries, when pain arises then it is important to realise it is rarely a defect with that part of our body. It is usually the result of how we move our body as a consequence of a decision we have made with our mind. A high number of these revolve around our habits and routines.

The higher a heel goes, the more rigid the leg becomes. This having the effect of reducing shock absorption as the heel comes to ground so increasing the forces entering the body via the foot. It is important to remember every structure in our body has limits on how much load is tolerable before damage is done. Once exceeded aches and pains arise.

Some people wear high heels most of the time, often it is to give extra height and frequently it is part of what is expected as a dress standard. A high percentage of these people find that wearing lower heeled footwear is uncomfortable. This has arisen as consequence of muscles at the back of the legs not being put through the normal range of movement.

When wearing high heels causes pain in and around the heels, arches of the feet or on the balls of the feet. Again this is not usually a defect with the feet. It is all about how the joints are aligned. The later is the result of how we move. The primary issue is frequently how the upper body is controlled;especially when sitting down.

If you are suffering, vary the style,increase shock  absorption of the soles and lower the heels in the short term. Find a podiatrist that understands biomechanics and work with them to gradually bring your body back into balance. Once achieved you can wear high heels again.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Niggling aches and pains.

Are you suffering and accept this is a consequence of your age or  an old injury. Therefore you believe  you have no choice but to grin and bear it.

If your are prepared to embrace change and be diligent in focusing on working on understanding how your body works then there is a solution.

By heightening your awareness of how your body moves, it will be possible to gradually improve postural alignment.

When consistently sitting, standing, walking and running correctly then you will be managing how your body moves and be comfortable.

What truly matters is enjoying being aware of the moment you are in.

This is because thought and feeling co-exist in the same moment.

Gill Bolte Taylor in her book 'My stroke of Insight' sums it up neatly
We are not thinking creatures that can feel. We are feeling creatures that can think.

Doing what is correct in the moment you are in is the best preparation for the moment that follows.

Prevention is always better than cure

Monday, 29 May 2017

Step in time: Heighten your own awareness

Our toes play a vital role in two areas:

Circulation of blood and lymph

Toes become uncomfortable(setting aside accidents) when there is:
 1 -  a mismatch between the footwear and shape of the feet.
2 - there is a postural issue resulting in the feet moving incorrectly within footwear causing toes to be squashed, bent, or twisted. Sometimes all three.

When discomfort is ignored eventually pain will occur. Remember pain is the only mechanism the brain has to bring to the consciousness, there is a problem.

The painful conditions that are commonly seen range from hard skin and corns, to toe deformity such as Hammer toes and or mallet toes and joint malalignment.

All toe conditions are easy to treat and resolve, providing, an individual is prepared to work with their mind, brain and body. The goal being to heighten awareness of how the body is moving or being held whilst the mind is anywhere but in the present moment. Then if necessary make the appropriate changes.

When the bones, ligaments, muscles and joints are all correctly aligned then there will be better balance and improved blood flow through the legs and feet.

To achieve this toes have to have room in which to move and spread.

Step in time and feel your toes working.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Step in time: Heighten your own awareness

Are you fed up of niggling aches and pains?

Are you willing to change?

If you are there is a solution that will cost........nothing!

Simply listen to you body.

All that is needed is to develop the habit of maintaining good posture,when sitting,standing,walking and running.
To achieve this in everyday activity, your feet have an important role. Look after them by wearing footwear with :
  1. A thick soft sole to give plenty of shock absorption underneath the feet.
  2. An ankle fastening to keep the heel still and give the toes ample space.
Many of the everyday fleeting aches and pains can be alleviated by developing daily habits such as daily stretching routines, brisk walks and avoiding sitting for lengthy periods of time.

By heightening your awareness of movement and improving posture most of your irregular aches and pains can be cleared providing the feet are comfortable and stable.

For most of us, the only the only aspect of our lives we have complete control over, is the way we move. listen to your body then make the right choice and enjoy the feeling of being comfortable.

Step in time!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Step in time: Heighten own awareness

When walking focus on placing your feet lightly on the ground. This will obviously reduce the impact on the body, particularly the joints, of each step. This will also therefore reduce the amount of energy expended.

Energy is stored in the body in a molecule called Adenosine Triphosphate(ATP) -mentioned in September 2016 blog. It is finite. Once used it has to be replenished. That comes from what we eat and and we breathe. When the latter is compromised, regardless of the reason, one of known side effects are muscle cramps.

When posture is impaired, the lungs are unable to function at the optimum efficiency. This, over time,has implications for how well the blood is re-oxygenated, which in turn leads to detrimental changes that affects to how the whole body performs.

So step lightly in time and heighten your awareness of good posture

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Step in Time: Heighten your awareness.

Our body is a mass of tubes. For the blood alone, there is 60,000 miles.

The cardiovascular system endeavours to constantly ensure there is an adequate supply of blood to all body tissues. Each tissue type has its own minimum number of milliliters of blood per minute to sustain its metabolic activity removal of its waste products.

Blood has two components: (1) Blood plasma and (2) Formed Elements( Red blood cells(RBC), white cells, lymphocytes, and platelets). RBC account for 45% and the remainder is mainly plasma.

It takes a RBC about a minute from leaving the heart to getting back.

A RBC is viable for about 120 days and are replaced at the rate of 2 million per second.

Surely it makes sense to help your body work at it's optimum by focusing on being aware of maintaining good posture at all times.

Step in time and stay comfortable.