Our feet are important. They are the base for almost everything we do. Yet most of us pay little attention to their care and maintenance. In the foot, there are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and muscles. The irony lies in the fact that the rest of the lower extremity only has four bones (femur, patella, tibia, fibula), four joints, and 41 muscles. Basically, the foot dictates the rest of the movements that occur in the lower body. Here are eight articles to help you care for and treat your feet.
4 Common Foot Injuries in the Athlete (Meghan Rovig)
In this article, I’ll highlight some of the most common overuse foot conditions that I treat. Additionally, we’ll discuss appropriate ways to manage the dysfunction.
Understanding and Caring for Your Feet (Lindsey Mathews)
Our feet are literally the base for all our movement, and yet they are often overused and neglected. Let’s take a closer look at the foot and ankle, and talk about how to keep them performing best.
Dear Willow: Should I Set My Feet Free and Go Barefoot? (Willow Ryan)
I need help with my feet when I run. I am wearing minimalist shoes, but my knees still ache. What does it mean to have active feet? What else can I do to strengthen and heal my feet and knees?
Book Review: “Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief” by Katy Bowman (Nicole Crawford)
“Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief,” is not just about feet. This book is really about the relationship between our footwear, foot care, and alignment, and I highly recommend it.
Causes and Treatment for Fallen Arches (Valerie Worthington)
Take good care of your feet! What does it even mean to have flat feet? Learn more about the condition, also known as fallen arches.
Product Review: YogaToes (Becca Borawski Jenkins)
They might look a little crazy, but YogaToes actually provide a very gratifying experience for your feet! Let your toes free from your shoes and give them a little yoga.
Dear Willow: How Do I Stretch and Strengthen My Feet? (Willow Ryan)
A lot of students ask me how to stretch and strengthen their feet because their job requires them to stand all day long. Learn a series of exercise you can do to release your feet
Plantar Fasciitis – Prevention and Treatment (Becca Borawski Jenkins)
Do you know where your plantar fascia is? Chances are you don’t unless you have injured it and developed plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia).
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