Shoes and Sandals for Healthy Feet
By Dr. Ben Kim on August 26, 2009
Earlier this summer, I mentioned that we purchased Keen Newport Sandals for our boys to give their growing bodies optimal support from the ground up.
Our boys have made great use of their new sandals, and I’ve since received dozens of notes from readers who have found Keen’s H2 model to be helpful for a wide variety of physical problems surrounding the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and even lower back.
The positive praise for Keen sandals doesn’t surprise me, as I’ve long observed chronic knee, hip, and ankle problems improve considerably after making sure that all of the joints in the feet and ankles are moving properly.
If you have chronic pain and/or stiffness in your lower extremities, you are likely to benefit from visiting a health care provider who has experience mobilizing the many joints – 33 of them, to be exact – in each of your feet that need to glide properly to allow the rest of your body to function normally.
Having tight muscles or a stiff joint within the middle part of one of your feet can cause problems all the way up to your head and neck. I’ve actually witnessed chronic tension headaches disappear within a few sessions of mobilizing the feet and ankles. This is why health practitioners who specialize in manual therapies refer to the body as being a kinetic chain – each major joint sits next to other major joints, and like a series of gears, all joints need to work smoothly to allow the whole chain to function.
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