Three Tools For Healthy Feet

Are your feet ready for spring training? As we transition from winter to spring footwear the muscles and tendons in our feet and ankles are work differently. You train the rest of your body, why not pay specific attention to your feet? If you suffer from bunions, hammer toes, or plantar fasciitis this is especially important. Treat your feet to a little TLC and you will be pain free this summer.

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Here are the top three tools I use to keep my feet healthy and happy:

  1. Golf ball: Spend five minutes twice a week rolling our your feet and you will notice a difference immediately.
  2. Correct Toes: Wear these toe separators for thirty minutes a day to stretch and strengthen your feet.
  3. Theraband: Lay on your back, wrap a band around your foot and draw your name on the ceiling with your toes.

If you are in need of any of these tools let me know. I sell balls, bands, and Correct Toes and am happy to put together a foot care package and show you how to use all of these goodies.

Anne McCranie owner of Fluid Movement + Massage works with her clients one on one and in small groups using a combination of movement and massage to ease pain, build strength and relax tight muscles. The above information is intended to educate and inform. Please see your health care professional for specific medical advice. 

Call Anne today for a free consultation. (503) 705-4762

 

“Healthy Feet For Athletes” Workshop Thursday March 21st 2013

Do you (or does someone you love) suffer from bunions, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, high or low arches, or general foot pain?

Join Anne for her “Healthy Feet For Athletes” Workshop Thursday March 21st and learn her signature foot realignment routine that will keep your feet pain free.

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  • WHO: YOU! And your friends with foot issues
  • WHAT: Strengthening exercises, stretches and myofascial release work using a tennis ball, theraband and yoga block
  • WHEN: Thursday March 21st, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
  • WHERE: Sellwood Yoga
  • WHY: Happy healthy feet!
  • COST: $15 payable to Sellwood Yoga

You work to improve the rest of your body, why ignore your feet? Learn simple strength and flexibility exercises that train the muscles in your feet and ankles to be strong, aligned and flexible. What can you do to treat your feet at home? We discuss healthy shoe options, hydrotherapy, and self massage.

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This workshop will sell out! Preregister here. Questions? Call Anne (503) 705-4762

Shoes for Happy Feet

As a former dancer and current cute shoe enthusiast (let me just pop into Nordstroms and see what’s on sale…) I am admittedly not the poster child for healthy footwear.   As a child I begged my mom for the latest cool boots instead of my dorky sadle oxfords even though getting them on my feet meant me lying on the bed and her using a pair of pliers and some serious muscle.

I am lucky to be genetically gifted with healthy, albeit wide, feet.  I cannot say the same for several of my clients.  If you suffer from hammer toes, bunions, plantar faciatis (or more often fasciosis according to Dr McClanahan, more on that later) or a host of other foot ailments, one solution may be changing your footwear.

 

Dr Ray McClanahan of Northwest Foot and Ankle here in Portland recommends shoes that are flat, wide across the toes, and flexible.  He has a healthy shoe list on his website with millions of shoe options.

I admit I could go the rest of my life without seeing another adult in crocs, however the Noat  mary janes are super cute.

 

Ok now back to the faciosis.  Dr Ray claims that most people are misdiagnosed and that the tissue in your foot in not inflamed, it is suffering from lack of blood flow, or necrosis.  In other words dead tissue (I know, gross).  This may be the result of our toes being abducted and extended for long periods of time.  Take a look at the toe spring in the front of a typical running shoe – not a recipe for happy feet.

I usually spend the majority of my day barefoot.  I realize not all of us have this luxury.  If you are suffering from unhappy feet experiment with one of these shoe styles and see if this brings you some pain relief.

I have several clients on a foot heath program that involves exercises, stretches, heat and ice.  Contact me if you would like more information.