Chiropractic Care and Your Feet
By Paul Rothbart
When caring for the body, it's important to care for the entire body. This includes often neglected areas such as the feet. They have a tough job supporting the full weight of the body all day as you stand, walk, and run. They absorb the shock of every stride and work very hard when you are exercising. Feet are also cooped up in socks and shoes most of the time. They need some specialized care. That can include chiropractic care.
Keep Them Clean
Feet sweat more than most other body parts. When confined to footwear, they reside in a warm, damp environment. These are exactly the conditions in which fungus thrive. Fungus growing between your toes causes athlete's foot. This can drive you crazy with itching and is unhealthy. Keep your feet clean. Don't just let the water run over them in the shower. It's important to use soap, scrub between toes, and thoroughly dry your feet each day. Always wear clean socks. You can get away with yesterday's shirt but dirty socks can encourage fungus. Additionally, a good foot powder can also be helpful.
Wear Good Shoes
Feet are complex. In addition to the heel and toes, there is the arch. If the arch has fallen, you have flat feet. This can cause pain and eventually harm to the ankle joint. For this reason, it is important to wear shoes with a solid arch support. For those with fallen arches, you may need an orthotic insert to add more support. Shoes should fit well. Too large and they can cause blisters. Too small and they can cut off circulation and cause pain. Have your shoes fitted by a clerk in a good store.
See a Chiropractor
Chiropractic care is about more than just backs. Ankles are joints, and a chiropractor can examine joints and fix any problems found. A chiropractic adjustment can also help the tendons and ligaments in the foot to reach full range of motion, avoiding pain and injury. Chiropractic care treats the body as a whole. A properly adjusted spine, as well as knees and hips, can help support the upper body. This can improve balance which can distribute the load on the feet better.
Feet are an important body part and as such should receive quality care daily. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that between your daily care and regular treatments from a chiropractor, your feet feel good day after day.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.