Healthy Feet Prevent Other Injury

As you age, keeping your feet healthy can improve your mobility and balance, and reduce your risk of falling.

Examine your feet often for injury or sores.

Buy shoes that have extra depth to accommodate insoles or custom orthotics.

Avoid tight socks or nylons that do not give the feet room to breathe and to move freely.
A good neuromuscular massage will help your feet stay healthy.

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Diabetes-Related Foot Injuries

Diabetes is often the cause of loss of sensation in the feet which means you may not feel it when your foot is cut, is injured, or becomes infected.

People with diabetes need to check their feet often to make sure there is no injury or infection.

A good neuromuscular massage can help bring blood flow into the feet which will help with healing if there is injury, and to prevent tissue damage from diabetes.

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Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel to the base of the toes.

Stretching exercises will help relieve the pain, but a good neuromuscular massage should eliminate it.

Many people report immediate relief of their plantar fasciitis with a targeted massage, while others require several massages before the pain is completely relieved.

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Unfortunately, genetics is probably to blame if you have a bony bulge at the base of your big toe.
Poorly-fitting shoes will aggravate bunions, but they are rarely the cause of them.
Toe spacers and inserts won’t fix a bunion, but they may relieve the pain and foot cramps.
A good neuromuscular massage will go a long way to relieving the pain and cramps.
Surgery should be a last resort.
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Your Feet are the Foundations of your Body

When your feet hurt, it can affect muscles, bones, joints and nerves causing knee pain, back pain and even headaches.
Eight out of ten people report pain from their footwear, and most of that is related to poor footwear, not just poorly-fitting footwear.
Even though your flip-flops are the most comfortable shoe you own, it may be the cause of foot pain because flip-flops lack support.
If you are experiencing foot pain, a good neuromuscular massage will help increase your mobility and reduce the pain.
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Stretching and Flexibility Go Hand in Hand

Stretching before and after exercise, as well as on a regular basis during periods of inactivity will give you better posture, and fewer aches and pains.

Stretching increases blood flow and circulation to your muscles, but it also gives your brain a boost according to wellness experts, often leaving those who stretch feeling cheerier.

Periods of inactivity such as sitting are hard on your glutes and hip flexors, so standing up to stretch can keep them limber and less prone to injury when you do exercise.

You need a healthy, flexible back for nearly every type of activity, so giving your back a good stretch can prevent injury.

One of the best benefits of stretching is better balance. Especially for older people, stretching can bring your body back into balance which can help prevent falls.

If, after stretching, you are still feeling tight, sore, or your range of motion isn’t what it should be, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Massage reduces pain and increases range of motion.


Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Unfortunately, because plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, most doctors will prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as a first treatment to reduce inflammation in the ligament.

While these drugs may ease the pain, they do not treat the cause of the inflammation.

Physical therapists often recommend stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and night splints that can stretch the calf and the arch of the foot.

These treatments also relieve pain temporarily, but seldom treat the cause of the inflammation.

Steroid injections risk weakening the plantar fascia ligament, and surgery has risks and complications.

The best, first line treatment for plantar fasciitis is neuromuscular massage to loosen tight calf muscles that put strain on the plantar fasciia. This treatment has very little risk, and huge rewards as it often stops the pain for good.

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Symptoms that Are Not Plantar Fasciitis

If you are having foot pain at night, the cause is most likely not plantar fasciitis, but rather arthritis or tarsal tunnel syndrome, where the nerves running through the tarsal tunnel are entrapped.


Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Most people with plantar fasciitis experience pain when taking their first steps after being still for a long time, such as first thing in the morning, or after sitting for extended periods.

The pain and stiffness tends to lessen after a few steps.

The pain tends to be the most intense when climbing stairs after standing for a long time.
Some people describe the pain as a sharp pain in the heel, while others describe it as a burning pain or an ache extending outward from the heel.


Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The people most likely to get plantar fasciitis are those who:
* are on their feet a lot (athletes, soldiers, store clerks)
* have high arches
* have excessive pronation (the feet roll inward when you walk)
* stand or run on hard surfaces for long periods of time (triathletes, chefs, store clerks)
* are overweight
* wear shoes that do not fit well or are worn out
* have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles (the most common cause)