How many times have you heard that? From either your own mouth or that of someone you know. Maybe the more accurate statement would be “I’m killing my feet!”
I don’t why I continue to be surprised by the number of people who complain of pain in their feet – but I do. Somehow/somewhere I created this belief that “pain-free peds” are normal/common, even though my nearly 30 years of working with the feet says otherwise.
Canadian reflexologist, Donna Holst came to the same conclusion after hosting an educational day for the public. She scheduled a number of short informative classes on various topics, and was shocked that 80% of respondents were concerned and interested in plantar fasciitis. That caused her to want to learn how to better help these folks. She decided to organize a specific training event for herself and her fellow reflexologists – and that’s how I come to be teaching this important work in Guelph, Ontario in September.
How many people do you know that stuff their feet into poorly designed, ill-fitted shoes, proceed to stand on them hour after hour without rest and then wonder why their feet hurt? (As I was writing that sentence the image of Lady Gaga and her publicity-garnering “shoes” came to mind – a bit of an exaggeration on what many fashionistas wear, but you get the idea.) Or those who suddenly decide to pound the pavement or dance floor for literally miles without preparing and supporting their feet?
Add to those choices tight calves and hips, weak foot muscles, gravity, excess weight and/or prior foot injuries, and you’ve got the ideal set-up for plantar fasciitis.
If you want to learn how you can help the people in your life who suffer with plantar fasciitis, I invite you to join me at one of three remaining workshops this year:
Saint Augustine, Florida – August 25 and 26
Guelph, Ontario – September 15 and 16
Montreal, Quebec – September 22 and 23