How Holistic Podiatry Supports Overall Health

Holistic Podiatry puts the podiatry attention of the feet into the context of a BIGGER picture of your whole body and overall health.

The cause of your pain is not located at the location of your pain.

So, although you may come in complaining of an ingrowing toenail and thick callous, the reason you have these is the same reason you also have a sore knee and hip, low back pain, shoulder troubles, tight neck muscles and/or headaches. However, you probably would not even think of mentioning these to your Podiatrist and it probably did not come up in conversation.
In fact, I cannot look at just the feet, because that is not where the answers are. I see the effects of improving how your heel strike controls your posture and joint alignments positively, reducing the need for your body to use energy to maintain and move with a poor posture. The energy saved can then be used by your body at its next priority. In this way your overall health improves.  Ultimately, the effect also translates into improving the foot structure and reducing the foot discomforts and deformities developing throughout your body.
The body always gives clues as to its next priority. While advancing my patients’ foot structure towards their best position, we discuss their progress, challenges and their next options, whether in mind, body or spirit, that they are looking into.
… During the years I have met, studied and worked with chiropractors and dentists as a team using the philosophy of Chirodontics©. The brilliant work of Dr Bob Walker, chiropractor and medical biochemist, simplified the complexities of all our professions and integrated them with his biochemistry knowledge to present an understanding of the goal of the whole body – macro and micro- working together.  Rather than focussing only on our individual areas, we learnt to work as a team with our mutual patients to unravel and rebalance their bodies structurally, chemically and energetically.
It was Bob’s teaching in the early 1990’s, that the body needed to be level which gave me the focus to use my podiatry knowledge and skills towards the goal of leveling the hips to assist good posture.

Are Orthotics A Crutch? The Truth Revealed

Many people are concerned that using orthotics becomes a crutch for your body. The answer for that question is yes and no.
First of all the No. Orthotics assist feet into a more correct position which allows the feet to function well, allowing the muscles to function, strengthen and develop naturally and easily. It feels like nothing is happening because everything is happening exactly the way you were intended to move. When you remove the orthotics, the position of the feet return to their less functional alignment and the muscles, now strong from wearing the orthotics, are at an awkward angle, disadvantaged and soon tire and so symptoms return.
Now the Yes. Orthotics are like a crutch but it is not as if they are carrying the weight of functioning, they are enabling good function.
People wear spectacles, hearing aids and pacemakers. These items are taken for granted as a necessity to enable better function of the eyes, ears and heart. Those who know through results, accept foot orthotics as beneficial and an enhancement, not a crutch.

How To Change Your Body Posture With Orthotics

You wouldn’t tolerate a rocking coffee table in a restaurant for more than 5 minutes without placing a folded napkin under the offending table leg – so why would you let your feet act the same way without taking action?
If specifically engineered orthotics are used from an early age and all through your life, who knows what you are preventing. If you start wearing specific orthotics at a later age when you already have deformities in your joint shapes, then over time with the new forces, the shape could reverse, as per Wolff’s Law.
Wolff’s Law, Davis’s Law – Laws of Remodelling
Julius Wolff was a German anatomist and surgeon (1836-1902), who stated that bone in a healthy person will adapt to the loads it is placed under. A bone will remodel itself over time if the load is increased and the converse is true as well, that when the load decreases, there is no stimulus for continued remodelling.
The same concept is stated by Davis’s Law in relation to soft tissue, such as muscle bulk remolds itself according to imposed demands. I regularly see changes in calf muscles and leg images related to muscle bulk and check for these shape changes as you wear your orthoses over the years.
I have a saying if there is no change, there is no change. The change and difference comes in the first few weeks of wearing new orthotics, then your muscle rebalances and strengthen the shape towards their original design over the next few months. This is the importance of reviews as it gives a checkpoint review to assess if there is a need to boost your body posture and shape.
If used all through your life from an early age, who knows what you are preventing.
I tend not to dwell on what is out of shape because the whole picture changes when you change the forces with orthotic controls.

Balance Foot Perfectly – Find The Sweet Spot

Our bodies are like buildings. Some are very tall they almost sway in the breeze. Others are shorter and broader perhaps more stable with a lower centre of gravity like those kids on skis who fly past you on the mountain.
Are you a well-balanced Eiffel Tower or a leaning Tower of Pisa?
The body has to find more energy and work harder to exercise and strengthen weak muscles that are out of balance in a poorly positioned structure.
For every body, there is a very simple key, a “sweet spot”. The sweet spot is the point in the foot where the foot is balanced perfectly, doesn’t roll in or out, and the body above rotates into good posture and alignment and balances easily. When the sweet spot is achieved, all movements in your body occur as expected and your muscles, once they have strengthened and rebalanced with just normal activities, fire minimally to maintain your perfectly balanced posture and gracefully flowing movements.