Author Deborah Casey Date 15/01/2021
About the feet
Our feet get us from A to B, they hold us up and provide us the freedom to get around and about to enjoy life, to work and to simply relax and enjoy foot reflexology.
The feet are flexible structures of bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues that let us stand upright and perform activities like walking, running, and jumping. The feet are divided into three sections:
· The forefoot contains the five toes (phalanges) and the five longer bones (metatarsals).
· The midfoot is a pyramid-like collection of bones that form the arches of the feet. These include the three cuneiform bones, the cuboid bone, and the navicular bone.
· The hindfoot forms the heel and ankle. The talus bone supports the leg bones (tibia and fibula), forming the ankle. The calcaneus (heel bone) is the largest bone in the foot.
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments run along the surfaces of the feet, allowing the complex movements needed for motion and balance. The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the calf muscle and is essential for running, jumping, and standing on the toes. There is also a blood and nerve supply as well as covering of skin.
Medical tests of the feet
The medical business sector offers some fantastic testing capabilities that leads to a diagnosis and the potential treatment for patients. These include:
Physical exam – the hands and eyes observe the patients foot for swelling, deformity, colour, skin changes and also assess pain issues. However pain relief can mask pain but not the observable matters.
Feet X-ray – here an X-ray film of the feet can detect fractures, bone spurs, damage from arthritis and identify objects!
A personal experience
One day I had thoroughly cleaned my home, so I had thought, and my son, a toddler at the time, who was just running about playing, suddenly let out a shriek, stopped and cried. I picked him up but could see nothing to cause him to be so upset or pained, he wasn’t able to tell me about his foot. He settled down but then began to limp as he walked, no longer running about! This puzzled me and as it was late and at the time I had no way to get him to an emergency room settled to keep a close eye on him. The following day he was no better, still limping and whimpering. His grand dad arrived from Scottish boarders, he was visiting and took us both directly to hospital. An x-ray found a piece of sowing needle had broken off into his heel! I was astonished, because I had cleaned and tidied up everything! I never felt so guilty, nor thankful the medical people were able to provide a surgery to remove the broken needle. My son recovered, limped a few hours after surgery and then there was no stopping him.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan): using high powered magnets and computer technology this method constructs images that are detailed, though I have had this procedure it was on my low and sacral spine and did provide clear imagery of a cause of debilitating issues.
Computed tomography (CT scan): a ct scanner produces many X-rays, and computer technology constructs detailed images of the foot and ankle, or part of the body being scanned.
Traditional western foot treatments provided by the medical business’s (including the NHS which is a business!)
·Orthotics: this is a line of medical treatment that applies the use of inserts or insoles in the shoes of the patient to improve foot problems such as flat foot. These can be custom made, which is preferable to the standard-sizing, as our feet are very individual.
·Physical therapy: to support the foot and ankle, specific exercises and passive exercises, aid release, flexibility, build strength and improve suppleness of the structures.
·Foot surgery: deformity such as those from fractures or club foot can require surgery to correct injury or as in the case of club foot the use of castings being applied for many years and can include surgery to release the Achilles tendon.
·Pain relief: it is easy to purchase pain relief over the counter at most chemists, or there maybe a prescription should the drug be stronger and falls under the medicines laws. There can be side effects when using medicines and there can be contra-indications and so seeing a medically qualified person is necessary.
·Antibiotics: these require a prescription and in relation to the feet can be applied topically or a medication taken orally. In some cases given intravenously for example after surgery.
·Anti-fungal medicines: these can be purchased over the counter or a prescription provided to treat such conditions as Athlete’s foot.
·Cortisone injection: used by a medically trained person who is licensed to apply the method, whereby an injection of a steroid, usually into the joints, could be helpful in pain reduction and swelling in some foot problems; the issue here is that steroids are known to destroy bone and is a matter to discuss with the licensed medical professional.
I suffered plantar fasciitis, to be honest it felt as though every bone in my feet, both feet, had been broken. I could barely stand, and hardly walk and this went on for ages. I couldn’t even provide myself Reflexology, a treatment I do love to receive. Then I had someone advise three little exercises, and that was painful but I persisted, while at the same time giving my feet Reiki with symbols drawn onto the areas. It took what felt a lifetime, but I regained my feet, and began to stand up for myself against the medics who told me there was nothing wrong – a mesh implant says it all!
Love your feet and you love your sole/Soul 🙂