Why do my feet hurt (Part 1)
“Ouch! I can’t do it anymore.
\You really want me to be your friend when you treat me like this?
You step on me and expect me to be your cushion, your support, your friend and help you move also?
I am tired, beaten up, squished, shoved, and neglected.
I will not take it anymore!!!
What have you done for ME lately?
This is your foot calling and I have had it!
I don’t ask for much, but a little love and care would go a long way.
-a lmost every foot at some point in time
OK, it's a bit of a cheesy intro but I think I made my point. Now wouldn't it be great if you had...
You would be in the minority because:
75-80% of people have some sort of foot pain.
Women are 4x more likely than men to have foot pain.
That is a lot of people in a lot of pain, and that means that more than likely you have foot pain too.
If you don't have foot pain, you probably have pain somewhere else and it may be caused by your feet and I'll get to that shortly.
Look at these stats and you will see why your feet hurt so much.
There are 52 bones in our feet, over 25% of all the bones and they have to provide structure and support for the rest of the body. Lots of small bones taking on our weight.
There are 33 joints in each foot that allow you to adapt to any surface and shock absorb. That is a lot of moving parts working together.
There are over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that help provide strength, stability, and balance for standing, walking, running and every other movement that you do. Lots of things to get strained.
Each foot has to be able to support approximately 2-3x your bodyweight on each step and you will take close to 3 million steps every year. That's a lot of steps.
Simple math time: let’s say that you weigh 150 lbs, your foot supports 300 lbs on every step, times 1.5 million steps/foot/year = 450 million lbs per year on each foot. That is the equivalent of doing over 16,000 push-ups every day. Hmmmm, no wonder they give us problems when we don’t care for them.
Shoes were originally designed to protect our feet from the environment. A simple piece of rubber strapped to the feet was good enough for the Tarahumara Indians to run distances of over 50 miles. Then modern shoe companies decided to design them to shock absorb, and support, and stop pronation, and cure polio...and give you a firmer backside and slimmer calves and all they have truly done is increase injury rates.
9 out of 10 women and 5 out of 10 men are in the wrong size shoe.
Studies have looked at which shoe types are best for which foot types. The only conclusion that is universal is that the more control the shoe provides the higher the injury risk to the person, regardless of foot type.
This leads to 1 conclusion, Shoes are not a Wo/mans' best friend
So what I am trying to tell you is that feet have a lot of bones, joints, and muscles which are vulnerable when we mess with them in bad ways.
Improper shoes are the number 1 way we mess with them in bad ways.
I am not saying that you should go barefoot but be wary of the “fashionable” shoe that doesn’t fit quite right but “looks good.” (I promise to shed more light on footwear choices in a future article)
You probably don't take care of your feet properly when they aren't in shoes either. Don't feel bad, you just haven't been taught what to do. It's human nature, we neglect our feet until something goes wrong.
Bottom line: Your feet are really, really, really...really important and we are doing a bad job of taking care of them, unknowingly.
Over the next few emails I will teach you how your feet can cause problems throughout your body and even cause headaches. And most importantly I will also show you how to take care of them properly so that they will take care of you.
Look out for these emails over the next week or so as I figure out how to upload videos and pictures to better help you.
Stay Healthy, Neil