Essential foot facts
By Kate Daley HEALTH EDITOR for CANADIAN LIVING
We sometimes take our feet for granted but they are what holds you up and get you down …….. the mountain when heli skiing!
1. Back pain might be connected to your feet. The health of your feet can affect parts of the body such as your knees and spine. If you’re not walking properly, your body overcompensates, affecting alignment in other areas.
2. Cold feet could indicate a larger medical issue. Your feet are farthest from your heart, so blood flow issues such as numbness, pain, tingling or swelling may indicate a condition such as hypothyroidism, heart disease or diabetes. Those with diabetes may have circulation issues that can impair their bodies’ immune response to injury and subsequent healing. Interesting fact: Having hair on your feet often means you have good circulation.
3. Women’s and men’s feet are different. Women typically have more heel pain and forefoot problems because their feet are anatomically different from men’s. For women, forefoot pain is also exacerbated by wearing high heels, which put 50 percent more pressure on the ball of the foot.
4. ¼ of your bones are in your feet.
5. Walking puts two times the force of your body weight on your feet. And if you run, that force increases to three or four times.
Stretch your feet, calves and shins. The intrinsic muscles in your feet are important stabilizers, but your calf and shin muscles are responsible for much of your foot’s movement. Gently roll your foot over a tennis ball or water bottle for two or three minutes, once or twice daily. It is suggested rotating your ankles in both directions morning and night to engage the muscles from your shin tendon to your foot.
Make the most out of you heliskiing heliboarding holiday!