Finding balance at the root, our feet
Did you know there are 26 bones, 33 joints and over 200,000 nerve endings in the foot? Did you know there are also several fascial lines that connect at the base of the foot? Our feet are incredibly dynamic structures and how we treat our feet resonates throughout the body.
Our feet are strong. They are the foundation of our ability to stand, walk and run. So why don’t we take better care of them? I’m not talking about not getting pedicures (although in the COVID age, those have certainly gone out the window). I am talking about taking the time to work on our foot and ankle mobility and strength, ensuring we have the ability to move, support our bodies, without fear of falling. Why do we take our feet for granted?
Did you know that the loss of dorsiflextion (the ability to flex our foot) is one of the first ranges of motion we lose as we age? We need that range of movement to help with walking quickly, going up stairs and getting up from a chair. The decreased ability to dorsiflex can also lead to balance challenges. When our balance becomes compromised, we have a higher risk of falling. In the US, nearly 95% of hip fractures are due to falls, specifically from falling side ways. I don’t want the statistic to scare you, but to help you understand why doing work with the feet is so important. We need to make sure that when we are working on balance we aren’t just looking at core support; we are taking our feet and ankle mobility and strength into account as well.
This week’s newest Restorative class focuses on exercises to help strengthen and mobilize the foot and ankle joints. While classified as ‘Restorative’, this class is excellent for anyone who runs, cycles, or enjoys walking around the neighbourhood.
Let’s take some time and show our feet some love.