Do you suffer sore, aching, painful feet, ankles or knees? Understanding how a well rounded, holistic healing approach can help is important when searching for a more permenant solution to your pain.

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Holistic Healing:

Effective Relief for Foot, Ankle & Knee Pain

Do you struggle to take steps with ease? Is walking an activity that you can no longer enjoy? Do you suffer stiff, sore and inflamed heels, bunions or plantar fasciitis?  Joint and foot health is essential to enjoying an active and happy and pain free life. Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, co founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge.

In this video, I’ll explain the role of the joints of the foot in common conditions.  and why physical treatment is essential in helping you to walk comfortably again.  Holistic healing offers a comprehensive path to pain relief and improved health. By addressing the whole body rather than just its symptoms, you can achieve effective, long lasting foot, ankle, and knee pain. Here’s how.

What Is Holistic Treatment?

  • Holistic treatment treats the whole person and the root cause that sets up the symptoms or the syndrome.  
  • Each treatment is planned and spec specific to the individual based on your areas of issues, your goals, activities you wish to achieve and start doing again. 
  • Holistic healing involves taking control of your health by doing prescribed exercises and homework, asking questions, and understanding the process ahead. 
    • It is important to be open to guidance and to understand that your actions or inactions are your responsibility.  
    • Asking questions help you to understand the process and decide if this approach is actually right for you.  
    • Commit fully to the process for best results. A half hearted approach will not yield those results desired.

At BlossomingMe

A comprehensive method then promotes physical health and overall well being.  At Blossoming Me, we treat the whole person, no matter where the pain is actually presenting. We support muscle activation and relaxation, aid in reducing inflammation, supporting circulation, reducing nerve irritation, and creating more space in the compressed joints, optimising mobility and comfort. 

 

Dealing with Foot Complaints

When we treat the foot, we work with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, and even neuromas, And it’s important to look at how the foot is actually functioning.  

Conventional treatment

Conventional treatment, uh, looks at, for example, how the big toe might be positioned badly and maybe surgical straightening procedures.

Conservative treatment

Or a more conservative treatment approach might use orthotics to stop your foot from rolling and moving too much.  

Potential Issues with these Approaches…

The difficulty with these situations is that it doesn’t take into account the body’s functioning and the reason that it’s functioning that way. 

 

Surgical Options

Surgery is sometimes required, but it should be a last resort. 

Surgery affects the way that our body can compensate from then onwards, so that if the initial reason isn’t actually being dealt with, then we have a reduced ability of our body to then cope and compensate further, and this can cause further complications later. 

 

Conventional Orthotics

Hard moulded orthotics,  they are aimed at stopping our foot from rolling too much. This is because the roll of the foot is what is causing a pull or a compression or an irritation of the affected tissues. 

 

From a Whole Body Perspective

Foot Functions

Base of Support

However, the difficulty here is that the foot is actually our base of support. It is essential to our body’s ability to understand where we actually are in space, proprioception, so that you have optimal balance and reflexes,  making it less likely for you to roll your ankle or to trip over. 

Shock Absorber

But it’s also your body’s natural shock absorber. And if your foot is unable to perform this task, then the pressure created with each step, and even more when running,  is not spread and reduced across the foot, and thus it will travel upwards.  This leads to complications likely not until years down the track in either your knees, your hips, or your back.

 

What About Actually Treating the FOOT?

Another common issue with the more conservative approaches is that rarely do practitioners actually treat the foot joints and, and the ligaments and the muscles.  But by improving the mobility between all of those little joints in the foot and reducing the strain and compression in the ligaments and areas around the joints, we free up space for our body’s ability to be able to improve itself.

 

Why?
  • This increases mobility, circulation, and space, allowing healing to occur and inflammation to reduce. both improving pain, often very quickly.  
  • It also allows our body to respond effectively to stretches and strengthening that is then required to assist our body to be able to maintain this improved mobility. 

By altering the tension and strain in the foot and increasing the range of mobility of all of the foot joints, we improve your body’s own ability to alter its movement to be able to compensate better for walking on different terrains, and we reduce the pull and or compression affecting the irritated tissues.

 

The Benefit?

All this allows you to 

  • walk more comfortably and 
  • to walk in an improved gait pattern, 
    • positively affecting your whole posture and 
    • the resilience or endurance of all your tissues so that you can stand or hike for longer, more comfortably. 
What Else Do You Need To Do?
  • Exercises specific to you and your specific body strains, 
  • good nutrition, and 
  • potentially supplements 

to support the healing of the joints is also essential to having comfortable, mobile, happy joints. 

So to get started

  • Firstly you need to identify your body’s needs. Consulting with a professional can help with this to get personalised advice and creating a tailored plan.  
  • Incorporating small changes
    •  such as adjusting one or two things in your diet or
    •  adding one or two exercises. 
    • Possibly even adding some mindfulness. 
  • Gradually increasing these changes as you become more comfortable. 
    • Tracking your progress and 
    • making adjustments as needed to ensure continued improvement and long term success.

So that you can manage pain, maintain gains and improve your overall health

Holistic treatment offers this comprehensive path to pain relief and improved health overall.  It’s also important to 

  • access and use resources and support from your health practitioners to
    •  maintain progress and
    •  address any issues that might arise. 

Continuous support from these health professionals can be vital to speeding up your recovery.  This could include regular check ups, access to educational material and personalised advice. 

  • Resources might be provided online with
    •  communities, 
    • support groups, 
    • health apps,

and these all provide encouragement and motivation, helping you to stay connected with a support network, ensuring that you have guidance and the support that you need to prioritise your health.  

Conclusion

I hope you can see how treating specific joints of the foot assists your body to move and walk better, more easily, and with less pain. 

 

And that while there are many forms of treatment, working with these joints is actually essential to a more comprehensive treatment plan, and it could really speed up your results, as well as improve your likelihood for maintaining comfort. 

Prioritizing your health is a journey, and I truly believe that it’s worth taking. With support and simple foundational steps you can achieve mobility, comfort, and enjoy every moment of your life.  

 

Learn more about foot pain and its causes in my new Ultimate Happy Foot Guide. The link will be below. 

 

So that’s all for now. 

I hope you found it useful. If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share it.

 

Remember to type any questions or comments in the comments section, and please like and subscribe. 

 

And as always, in health. 

Bye for now.

So Now What?

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.