Put Your Best Foot Forward!
Your feet have walked about 75,000 miles by age 50 and they must last a lifetime! Regular care can help keep your feet up to the task.
With proper detection, intervention and care, most foot and ankle problems can be reduced, cured or prevented.
Here are some common foot problems and ways massage therapy can help:
Arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, often accompanied by an increase in joint fluid, causing painful swelling and pressure in the joint. Massage therapy soothes reduces swelling and relieves arthritis pain in the feet.
Diabetes. Due to the circulation and neurological problems of diabetes, many people with this blood sugar problem experience diabetic foot ulcers which can become infected and lead to amputation or death. Massage enhances circulation of blood and lymph and helps avoid diabetic foot ulcers.
High Blood Pressure. Also known as hypertension, this condition can place additional pressure in the feet, causing edema (swelling), discomfort and pain. Massage therapy is a commonly-used treatment for swelling of the feet and ankles.
Peripheral Artery Disease. PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits (plaque) accumulate. CAUTION: DO NOT MASSAGE legs of a PAD patient! It could dislodge plaque deposits and cause severe injury or death.
Peripheral Neuropathy. Damage to the peripheral nerves – the nerves most distant from the core of the body – is a common effect of diabetes, causing numbness and “pins & needles” in the feet. Massage soothes and relieves these discomforts.
Sprains, Strains and Fractures. Feet and ankles work together to provide support and movement for the entire body. A sprain is injury to soft tissue. Massage helps prevent swelling, relieves pain and speeds recovery of damaged muscle, tendon and ligament tissues.
Heel Pain. The heel bone – calcaneus – is the largest of the 26 bones in the foot. Pain in this area can be relieved with massage therapy.
Tendonitis. Tendons attach muscles to bones. Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common causes of heel and ankle pain. Massage therapy is often effective in relieving this painful condition.
Plantar fasciitis. This is an overuse injury of tendinitis, causing inflammation, pain, tenderness and/or thickening and/or degeneration of the connective tissue that attaches leg muscles to the bottom of the foot. It is often caused by spasm or tightness in the calf muscles. Massage therapy to the leg and foot muscles can release spasms, thus relieving strain and pain in the sole of the foot.
Remember – for prevention and treatment, massage therapy can help your feet support you, take you where you need to go and walk a lifetime of 100,000 miles!