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“In Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, Ms. Bowman skillfully blends scientific research with everyday application in an understandable and entertaining format. She shares abundant advice for overall health. Read it and apply it! Your feet, and whole body, will say ‘thank you.’”
— William C. Whiting, Ph.D., author of Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury and Dynatomy: Dynamic Human Anatomy

"From the simplicity of finding the right shoe fit to the complexity of the interaction of the dozens of muscles, tendons and bones of the human foot, Katy Bowman's Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief addresses the issues that face today's woman from the ankles down. Writing in an easy, user-friendly manner, she brings forward the problems that are seen daily, explanations of why they are occurring, and simple yet productive approaches to solutions and preventions - all to finally dispel the myth that ‘Feet are supposed to hurt!’”
—David B. Alper, DPM, podiatrist and past-president of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society

“[Bowman] sensibly helps readers to recognize the consequences of our conscious and unconscious foot behavior by offering direct, accessible and effective foot solutions that anyone can adopt and incorporate with their private clients, group classes and personal self-care.“
—Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up®

“Katy Bowman's effort is breezy and informal about anatomy and biomechanics, but bright and informative about 'foot gym' – what to do to restore movement health and 'under-standing' in those poor souls still banging their heels and jamming their toes into the sensory deprivation chambers we call shoes.”
—Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and director of Kinesis, Inc.

“Katy Bowman’s book is an honest examination and careful explanation of what women as a culture have done to our feet. This is helpful to anyone suffering from foot (and knee and hip) pain who is interested in the root of the problem and motivated to do simple exercises and postural adjustments to fix it. While anatomy can be overly-complex, Bowman does a great job making the science very accessible, and the solutions straightforward.”
—Esther Gokhale, author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back

“For too long all of us—and women in particular—have been slaves to shoe fashion, and the price we have paid is far more than a new pair Jimmy Choos. As Katy Bowman explains in Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, poor footwear choices have weakened our feet, impaired our alignment, and damaged our joints, leading to a host of physical problems from head to toe. Bowman offers simple solutions to improving your health by helping you understand the impact shoes have on your body, showing you how to make smarter footwear choices and describing fun and simple exercises you can do to strengthen your feet. This book is definitely a step in the right direction.”
—Daniel Howell, Ph.D., “The Barefoot Professor,” author of The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons To Kick Off Your Shoes

About the Author

Biomechanist Katy Bowman, MS, has become a leading voice for the science of wellness. The creator and talent behind the Aligned and Well™ DVD program, the Director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, and the creator of the Restorative Exercise™ DVD kits for Gaiam, Bowman’s goal is to educate the public about correct exercise prescription, traditional movement, and how modern living impacts the human machine.

Long before becoming a international health celebrity, Bowman opened a small studio - now a very large institute - utilizing her studies in biomechanics and kinesiology to design safe exercise programs for injured or post-rehab patients. Dedicated to the teaching the ABCs of movement, she developed a reputation for achieving unprecedented results in pain reduction, increased bone density, and improved metabolic health. She is a regular contributor and expert for national health, fitness, and wellness publications and TV segments.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; Original edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936661071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936661077
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, Katy's ability to blend a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible solutions and an unwavering sense of humor have earned her legions of followers. Katy is the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, which teaches the biomechanical model of preventative medicine to health professionals and laypeople worldwide, both online and in live seminars. She is also the creator of the popular Aligned and Well DVD series, a step-by-step visual guide to learning the basics of skeletal and body alignment. Katy's groundbreaking work in pelvic floor restoration has made her particularly popular with midwives, OBGYNs, and others concerned with pelvic mobility, strength, and health. Her award-winning blog and podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes. Her books, the bestselling Move Your DNA (2014), Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet (2011), and Alignment Matters (2013), have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide. In response to great demand for additional information on foot care, she released a practical exercise guide Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear in 2015. In between her book writing efforts, Katy travels the globe to teach the Restorative Exercise Institute's courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and two small children.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Joan A. on January 11, 2012
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It's never too late to learn and apply new information. In my 70s, I started practicing the exercises set forth in Katy's new book. When I began, I had to wear orthotics in all my shoes to walk comfortably. I had been unable to walk barefoot for at least 15 years. After following the exercises for a matter of months and using my Earth Shoes, I was able to throw away my orthotics, walk several miles daily without any discomfort, and return to the joys of walking barefoot - especially at the beach. This book gives the information needed to make a significant difference in healthy living. The rest is up to you:)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Faber on June 4, 2012
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I'm in my mid seventies; never occurred to me that my stiff feet,overly high arches, bunions, curled toes, and bent over little toes were that way due to neglect not to aging. I considered the largely cosmetic practices of a monthly toe nail polish, daily foot bath and occasional foot massage the outer limits of foot care. Bowman's book has brought me to understand that actually, using her easily understood teaching, how I choose to shoe my feet or not, how I give my feet and toes specific exercises during the day makes the difference in foot health. Also positively affected are my all over body and spirit health, and ability to enjoy the benefits of daily whole body walking. I encourage anyone wishing this treasure to go for it and read Bowman's book as a first step. Then apply her teachings. Good luck!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By mama on April 26, 2012
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i had already learned about katy bowman before this book came out. i found her while i was searching for ways to heal my plantar facsiitis(which i had for 2 years) and my pelvic floor which had not been functioning right since i gave birth 7 years ago. by doing the exercises/ stretches all the time, keeping my feet straight and changing my footwear, i now have no heel pain and can sneeze without peeing. the book contains the essential exercises to do that. she gives you the tools you need to empower yourself to heal your body. i am a dancer and have studied and participated in many different exercises and healing modalities. this has been the only thing that has helped me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Roberts on June 2, 2012
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The information in this book has really helped me change my feet and lower legs. My feet don't hurt as much in I think I will be able to get out of my orthotics in the next few months. Not spending $150 on new orthotics every few years, will be fabulous! I first purchased the book in Kindle and loved it so much I bought a printed copy for myself and a printed copy for six friends!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Texasgirl on October 10, 2013
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This book addresses foot health, a timely and very important topic. The book is well written and contains a lot of information. I am giving the book four stars instead of five because I think somewhere in the book Ms Bowman could have offered a one to two page summary -- the quick and dirty on healthy footwear - which would pull together all the information in the book so that if you only remembered those few tips, you would have all you to need to begin purchasing healthy footwear. (I have always bought leather shoes with a bendable toe box, but I have learned those are NOT the benchmarks you want to use) .

Toward that end, I am offering a mini-summary here. I highly recommend the website nwfootankle.com (see Articles on Foot Health) and their product Correct Toes (these will stay on your feet; try it and see). Here is what I have learned from them:

1. Try to go barefoot as much as possible -- certainly at home. (my note: indoors, I wear cotton toe sox with grips and these work very well. See the website toesox.com for merchandise. If you get the toe sox with open toe pockets, the Correct Toes fit nicely)
2. Avoid compressed toe boxes -- My explanation of this: the toe box of the shoe should be shaped like the letter "U" rather than the letter "O" (99% of all shoes sold have compressed toe boxes)
3. Avoid high heels, pointed toes, toe springs and heel wedges -- the shoe should lay flat on the floor
4. The shoe should be very flexible == you can bend and twist it (compare with cowboy boots or some clogs)
5. Check out Vibrams Fivefingers (REI is a national retailer) as well as Lems Shoes, Archipedico, etc.

Your feet truly are your body's foundation -- stand on solid ground!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lance and Lindy Cummings on April 27, 2012
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This book has a unique approach to foot pain with a mixture between physics and common sense. Since traditional methods have not helped my foot pain, I found this book very helpful. Oh, and by the way, men can read this, too. Just skip the parts about style :-). I found this helpful, even though I don't wear cute women's shoes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SunLovinMama on April 27, 2012
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Although the title says "Every Woman's . . ." and the cover shoes a high heeled shoe this book really is for anyone who routinely wears shoes of any kind. Yes, high heels are mentioned but the majority of the book focuses on educating the reader about the anatomy, alignment and mechanics of the foot and footwear. Ms. Bowman covers so much in such an easy to read book. After she introduces the reader to the basics she gives guidelines on what to consider when selecting shoes, pitfalls to be aware of for many types of shoes and what to do to improve the condition of your feet. As she focuses on how to improve the foot/ankle as a whole there are not different exercises for different problems. Instead she gives an exercise program that will help all feet perform their intended functions better. In the back of the book she addresses issues concerning foot health in pregnancy, childhood and as we age. After reading this I am better equipped to find shoes to promote optimal foot health for my whole family. The only thing she doesn't do is buy great shoes for you.
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