Never in a million years....
would I have guessed all these problems could be caused by my feet:
- Poor posture
- Mental fatigue from pain and discomfort
- Headaches and TMJ Pain
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Reduced lung capacity - Shallow breathing
- Low back and SI joint pain
- Knee and hip pain
- Tight IT bands
- Leg cramps and fatigue
- Shin splints
- Internally rotated legs (Knock knees)
- Foot and ankle pain
- Unstable falling arches
- Morton's Neuroma and Metatarsalgia
- Plantar Fasciitis and Hammer toes
Pain can strike anywhere, and the root cause can be obscure.
Finding a doctor that has the skill, experience, time and patience to figure out your chronic pain can be a frustrating and depressing task. Layer on top of that the fact that musculoskeletal pain isn't always felt where the source of the problem resides. That has led thousands of our customers on a ghost chase sometimes lasting years and costing thousands - even being told they just have to accept it and control the pain with drugs.
Here is the problem:
Unless your doctor is over 80, the reason you're not being told about how bad posture contributes to all kinds of dysfunction and pain is lack of familiarity. Most people including too many doctors have a hard time relating the function of their feet to common knee, hip and back pain. Your feet are after all the foundation for your body, but postural mechanics has not been taught in medical schools since the 1950's. You should see the facial expressions when we share the connection between foot mechanics and TMJ pain and even anxiety.
How on earth can anxiety be connected to your feet?
There are books written by famous authors like Dr. Leon Chaitow that describes how bad posture causes breathing pattern disorders. (Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders published by Churchill Livingstone). When the chest collapses, we breathe with the top of our lungs only (not with our bellies). We breathe faster and shallower which causes the carbon dioxide (CO2) partial pressure in our bloodstream to drop. While the oxygen measuring device on your fingertip in the emergency room indicates plenty of oxygen in your blood, there is too little CO2 to facilitate the effective exchange of oxygen between the blood and tissues, including your brain tissues so you start feeling faint and anxious.
The everyday term is called hyperventilating, and the quick cure is breathing in a bag, so you don't lose all that CO2. Improving posture is critical to improving breathing.
Morton's Foot Syndrome and specifically the fact that the first metatarsal and big toe is not carrying its load is a big problem, but even podiatrists who you'd expect to be familiar with the problems perpetuated by these structural conditions, don't seem to give it much attention. Fact is, Dr. Dudley Morton's observations, in spite of him being quite a famous doctor in the 1950s were never fully embraced by his profession.
I found out about Morton's Toe in "The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook".
I was looking for more information. I got some relief from the remedies suggested in the book, but I felt I needed something more. I can't say I have just one painful area. I seem to have evolved to "bio implosion" in all its glory.
I was a 6 day a week runner for many years and have not been able to run for 5 years. My goal is to train for a triathlon, but my pain has been so bad I haven't slept through the night for many years and doctors later, I finally believe I know what is going on and can resolve it.
I am a flight attendant for a major airline and even doing my job (which I really love) has become a real challenge. I've spent hundreds of hours on the internet and in different types of therapy and I am so in hopes of resolving this once and for all.
I wish the medical world knew more about this condition and the enormous impact it can have on health. Is there any way I can help get the word out?"
Before Surgery and Drugs—There was Posture.
Take a look at the table of contents of the book below, authored by Harvard and University of California physicians back in the 1920s. Surprising isn't it.
First printed in 1934 titled Body Mechanics in Health and Disease, this book was an essential part of general medical education until the field became dominated by surgery and drugs.
A basic foundation for conquering these problems is a stable foot foundation, a well aligned gait and good posture. That starts with discovering your current foot mechanics.