Finding the Soul in your Sole

Posted by on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

If your body is a temple, your feet are the foundation. They are also the most neglected part of your body, like the basement of your house. Look down, connect with your feet, pamper them, and your feet will hold you high.

Try this: Lift your right foot up and make circles in a clockwise direction. At the same time, use your right hand index finger and draw the number “6” in the air. Your foot will change direction. You can’t control it.

This is because the left brain controls the right side of the body. Your left brain controls timing and rhythm. Two opposite movements at the same time confuse your brain, and it compensates by sending them in the same direction.

Professor/Dr. Brian A Rothbart, a clinical researcher specializing in chronic pain, calls this the Foot to Brain Connection. Dr. Rothbart is a Recipient of the Stickel Research Award for outstanding research in Podiatric Orthopedics, awarded by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

According to Dr. Rothbard, the feet send messages to the brain, and the brain makes adjustments in the body. For example: when you stand or walk, touch receptors in your feet send signals to the brain to adjust your posture.

Reflexologists take this theory even further. Practitioners believe that applying pressure with the hands and fingers to specific points in the feet can affect a corresponding area of the body and improve the health of that area. Reflexology is considered an alternative form of medicine and has not been proven.

A systematic review of randomised controlled trials regarding the effectiveness of Reflexology was conducted in 2009 by Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FMedSci, (Director ofComplementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, United Kingdom.)

He concluded “The best evidence available to date does not demonstrate convincingly that reflexology is an effective treatment for any medical condition.”

Some individuals find that reflexology helps with premenstrual tension,  menopause, and some pain conditions. Or, it could just be that foot massage is relaxing.

Have your partner give you a foot massage after a hard day at work, and return the favor. If you don’t know how, here is a step by step instruction:

Celebrate your feet. Paint your toenails outrageous colors. Try a henna tattoo, called Mehndi.  This is a traditional form of temporary art in the Middle East and India, often seen at wedding celebrations. The designs last for a few weeks. Men can do it too!

Pamper your feet, soak them in scented water in a foot bath, slather them with rich creams.  You’ll be proud to show off those tootsies on your tropical vacation, or that first summer day at the beach.

If your feet need some serious love and attention, the doctors at the The Center For Podiatric Care And Sports Medicine can help your feet feel and look their best.

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, and Dr. Ryan Minara have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.