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Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet Paperback – December 20, 2011
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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
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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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!
Warning-please don't do like I did and get rid of all your shoes after the first couple of chapters. Katie Bowman doesn't say to do that, but I did. Anyhow, I ordered lots of Kalso Earth shoes on ebay and started doing some of the stretches and going barefoot around the house more often. My feet did NOT throb again during pregnancy.
I really liked what she had to say and plan to start doing more of the stretches now that baby has been born.
I think this book is very informative for men and women. I gave it to my dad to read who has foot issues.
Update: My mom canceled the surgery she had scheduled after reading this book and putting it into practice. Now she is teaching me.