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Fix Your Feet Balls

By the time you're aware of hip or low back pain it's inevitable that your postural alignment will be skewed to one degree or another, and that means that your feet, those poor abused and neglected things that support us day after day and year after year, will be in a compromised state. You simply can't walk around the ways most people walk around and not have your feet be somewhat, to totally messed up. Any course of action to help normalize a problem hip joint or low back must address the feet. Until all the pain is out of the feet and the 26 bones, 33 joints, and 3 arches in each foot are released and functional, nothing above them (which is your whole body) can be working properly. Again, not rocket science but simple logical, mechanical physics.

High arches, fallen arches, pronation, corns, bunions, callouses, and most anything else that can go wrong with the feet can be positively affected by a simple (non-surgical!) procedure. If your feet hurt I can guarantee you need to use this inexpensive self-maintenance tool. In all the years and thousands of feet I've worked on, I have never met anyone who can''t benefit from these. You can fix your feet!

My how-to instructions for the Fix Your Feet Balls explains the exact procedures which will enable you to understand your feet and how to bring them back to normal. If you don't lose these balls, they should last indefinitely. Fix Your Feet Balls (in combination with tennis balls) are the perfect tools for working on your feet. There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and an unspecified number of hinges in each foot and if you can find any pain while standing on either tennis balls, or these Fix Your Feet Balls, then you can be sure that those 26 bones, 33 joints, and unspecified number of hinges are in a disorganized state. And if your feet are disorganized then you can be sure that the rest of your body is too. Look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa for illustration; poor foundation and everything above goes awry. Soreness (and downright excruciating pain) in the soft tissue is indicative of stressed and compromised musculature and thus inevitably as a result, skeletal disorganization.

How did your feet get so messed up you might ask? I'll tell you.

#1: Shoes which are not the shape of the healthy foot. Feet are not narrower at the front as most shoes are. Cram your foot into one and over time your foot will become shaped similarly. Think about the interesting cultural tradition of binding the feet in China and then look at the more subtle, but similar in effect, tradition of women wearing high heeled shoes in our culture and the disastrous repercussions. No natural foot is shaped anything like most of the shoes people wear, with recognizable results.

#2: Heels (anything over ½" high) which lift the back of the foot up and put too much pressure on all three arches: the transverse arch ( across the balls of the foot), the medial arch (inside), and the lateral (outside) arch. This pressure compresses the bones of the foot and inhibits the arches from working the way they were designed to work, as springs.

#3: Arch supports which inhibit the medial arch from dropping down to work as the spring it is designed to be. When the foot steps onto the ground it is meant to spread width-wise and also to lengthen (like a spring). Shoes which do not allow this spreading and lengthening destroy the natural functioning of the wonderful foot and cause all kinds of problems, not all of which are localized in the foot. People who feel they need arch supports and orthotics have extremely disorganized feet and using said "crutches" are only setting the distortions deeper into the disorganized structure of the foot, as well as everything above it. This of course leads to plenty of future problems for the complications resulting. Great for the manufacturers of these products and the administering physicians but not so good for you.

#4: Walking on hard, flat surfaces. We humans love to make everything around us simple and easy; trying to make it so no effort is required, and this we call progress and civilization. So things do get easier (no need to lift the garage door up, the automatic opener does it for you, saves you time so you can go to the gym and lift weights) and we, as a culture get more spoiled and weak in many ways. Anyway, walking on flat surfaces doesn't require the 26 bones of the foot to move much; uneven surfaces (take a hike someday) actually massage the joints and hinges of the feet, mobilize the ankles, and cause differentiating movement to occur through all the calf muscles.

#5: Walking with the feet turned out (like a duck). This is very common and wreaks havoc with the ways the arches, hinges, and joints of the foot are designed to work as the foot lands and pushes off the ground during organized walking. This practice also destroys ankle function and creates a dense, painful calf, due to the fact that the ankle joint and the calf muscles are not required to move at all when walking this way.

The good news is this: normalizing your feet through the use of tennis balls and Fix Your Feet Balls is the first, and most likely last, step to putting an end to callouses, corns, bunions, plantar fasciaitis, pain in your feet in general, etc. All of this occurs as a result of disorganization. Feet abnormalities stem from disorganization, and if you can fix that, you fix it all.

*As you work out the pain and soreness in your feet with these balls you will be allowing the 3 arches (medial, lateral, transverse), the 26 bones, the 33 joints, and the unspecified number of hinges to reestablish themselves back to normal, individually, and in relation to each other.

High arches will eventually drop into normal, and flat feet, when the tension holding them down is released, will be able to rise into normalcy. *(This requires some exercising of the inner arches by stepping your feet apart medium-wide with your knees bent and your feet turned out. Begin to push your knees apart while lifting your medial, inner, arches. Do not lift your heels or the balls of your big toes off the floor. Practice walking on the balls of your feet.)

No matter what anyone tries to sell you, never use hard balls like golf balls or wooden tools to work on your feet. It's too easy to mistake uncovering and dissolving pain with inflicting pain. It's not hard to bruise your feet and that will only set you back. *On that note, I never recommend using wooden implements in general for self-massage, for the same reason. You can be very efficient, with more appropriate tools, without the risk.

If your foundation (your feet) is not organized then nothing above them has any chance to function properly.

And by the way, as you release and organize your feet, they will get bigger. This is a good thing! If you find your shoes beginning to feel as though they belong to someone else and feel too tight, this means you are doing a great job. Discontinue wearing those shoes, throw them out or give them away. Your feet will reshape themselves to the old mold if you let them. Don't! Cut loose and move forward. Stand on your own two new feet!

Conclusion

Hopefully this has given you some ideas and some options you never knew existed for dealing with your hip and / or low back pain. Any one of the methods suggested above will create some positive change and relief for you, and all of them used in conjunction with each other has the ability to exponentially change your present condition. None of them are dangerous or expensive but they all require a commitment to your own health and well-being. If you aren't committed to doing everything you can to get yourself out of pain and get your body as healthy and fit as possible then all I can say is get used to your pain and prepare to be abused by the western medical profession. There really is no better hobby than keeping your body in peak condition because when you are healthy and feeling good, anything is possible and your time here can be quite pleasant. As you know, when your body begins to deteriorate it makes the rest of your life miserable and your time a torment.

Take care of your body in loving, nurturing ways, for without it, where will you live?

for Health, Blue Dunn