“Foot pain can erode our overall health and well-being,” says Paul Langer, DPM, board-certified podiatrist at Twin Cities Orthopedics and an American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine fellow. That’s because foot complaints are never isolated in the feet — they can cause, or be caused by, issues elsewhere in the body. Once foot pain sets in, it can limit mobility and contribute to a sedentary lifestyle, which is associated with many chronic illnesses.
|Dr. Paul Langer
The cycle is vicious but preventable. When foot problems arise, however, we usually try to treat them from the outside in, with special ointments, complex orthotics, and technologically advanced socks. Or, worse, we ignore them altogether and cross our fingers that they will resolve themselves. But there is a better way. By focusing on the fitness of our feet, including their strength and mobility, we can reclaim our foot health and prevent further issues. Fit feet contribute to full-body fitness, and a little TLC for your foundation can dramatically improve how the rest of your body feels and functions.
Source: Lauren Bedosky, Experience Life [January/February 2019]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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