Back in 2018 at an SCW Trade show in NYC, I set up the Great Soles table, dreading spending the whole day on my feet. As I was suffering from increasingly painful foot problems and knew what a show like this meant – a whole lot of walking, standing, and an underwhelming number of chairs. Even with the help of friends and customers, it was not going to be pretty.
Trying to distract me from the pain I began talking to the vendor adjacent to me and after some time, as luck would have it, I found I was right next to a foot doctor and her husband!
I knew immediately Dawn was special and after spending three days side by side at the show, I was certain. I learned about her theories that our foot is the root of our health, literally, our physical foundation and gateway to healing.
Dr. Figlo can analyze a person’s health within a few minutes of examining their feet, such as your pulses and even your toenails say a great deal about yourhealth.“Sometimes,” she says, "we need to look back to heal the present, and look down to heal our way up.” and this is why she founded The Organic Foot, a vehicle to share ancient and Eastern medicinal practices and new therapeutic natural measures to achieve holistic healing and preventative care by embracing the anatomical structure and function of the foot to create a balance to the mind-body and spirit.
Needless to say, I was in her office the following week and not only did she help my foot, but we also began to share our ideas, and the idea of collaborating began to take shape. The synergy between our missions “healing from the foot up” and ours "supporting you from the ground up" opened the door for a series of blogs to help our readers. And so it begins.
Basic Foot Health From Dr. Dawn: Figlo: "Healing from the foot up"
After 20 years of practicing Podiatry, I conclude that most pedal deformities and injuries occur because the foot has lost strength. When the musculature of the foot weakens, the integrity of the arch decreases and lowers, which leads to poor alignment. The biomechanics (the way the foot articulates and moves) completely changes. The worst part about this is the adverse effects (bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, calluses, etc...) are not limited to the foot. The malalignment of the foot affects the knees, hips, and back. So what can we do to naturally maintain our arches and decrease the likelihood of these problems? The answer is to strengthen the foot! Exercises, where the feet are barefoot or in grip socks, are best because it allows the foot to move in all three planes of motion. Turn to Pilates, Yoga, and Barre for this.
Bonus, you will also reap the emotional benefits and become a happier YOU.
One of my favorite yoga stretches - Downward Dog
A great pose for stretching and strengthening the plantar fascia and Achilles’ tendon
Strengthens the tendons that cross the ankle joint and support the arch such as the Posterior Tibial tendon
Many people suffer from a tight heel cord (Achilles Tendon) this is particularly beneficial in lengthening the heel cord.
In the coming weeks, I will share with you seasonal foot care tips, natural ways to keep your feet in good health, and much more. Stay tuned.
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