Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief by Katy Bowman
Published by BenBella Books on December 20, 2011
Genres: Educational, Nonfiction, Training/Exercise
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Foot pain isn’t just pain—it’s a symptom of serious problems that will only get worse if you ignore it. One in four women in the United States is suffering from debilitating foot pain, which can affect the function of other body parts, from knees and hips to the pelvis and spine. But foot pain - and the underlying problems it reveals - can be eliminated.
Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief will show you how to not only prevent pain but how fix your feet and halt damage to the rest of your body. Through the scientific approach of biomechanics, which looks at the gravity, friction and pressure of our bodies, expert Katy Bowman offers an innovative set of exercises; her easy-to-follow program will help you to eliminate unnecessary foot and lower-leg pain. Bowman, a science advisory member for Earth Footwear, also walks you through the shoes you should (and should not) be wearing at different life stages—without sacrificing fashion.
Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief will teach you how a healthy foot works optimally and put you on the road to prevention and recovery.
Katy Bowman, MS, is 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. She is a regular contributor and expert for national health, fitness, and wellness publications and TV segments.
I first learned of Katy Bowman in a very roundabout fashion: my stylist and I were discussing women’s health issues – specifically diastasis recti – and how there appears to be a dearth of easy to locate information. So I decided to research diastasis recti workouts and books.
And I discovered that my stylist was 100% correct: there is very little information to be found the more specific you get. I found a couple of “pay before you look” sites, one free workout, a couple of information pages, a smattering of books…and Katy Bowman.
Katy Bowman has an entire book dedicated to diastasis recti. IIRC, her book is one of five completely dedicated to this common condition. So I decided to check her out a little – and I discovered a wealth of materials dedicated to whole body health. I decided to start with Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief because I suffer from pretty bad shin splints, I have tight hip flexors and I have “snapping hip syndrome.”
Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief is a really easy read! But it was also a little depressing: chapter two has four painful to learn anatomy lessons that…made me realize I had a lot of work to do:
#1: Your toes are separate structures from your feet for a reason.
#2: Your toes should move separately from your feet.
#3: Your toes should move separately from each other.
#4: The front half of your foot should move separately from the back half.
Wow. So. Clearly, I’ve stalled in chapter two, lol. But seriously, my husband and I both tried some of the moves Ms. Bowman says we should be able to do – and we could not. As a former dancer, I [still] have the ability to move my toes separately from my feet but I cannot move my toes separately from each other.
In chapter four I learned “Walking with an excessive turn out loads the big toe joint in an incorrect place resulting in injury commonly called a bunion(p55).” Before reading this book, I thought things like bunions were hereditary. Ms. Bowman states they are caused by poor posture, excessive turn out, and other fixable bad habits.
As I read each chapter (and studied the photos), I was left with the feeling that I have been doing it all wrong from the very beginning. O_O I’ve been working on trying the different stretches recommended in the book. In addition to stretches, Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief has shoe recommendations as well. I ended up discussing these recommendations with my podiatrist – and I would recommend [you] do the same. Each person’s feet are different and that needs to be taken into account.
All in all, I found Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief to be very informative! I planned to purchase a copy but I bought the updated edition instead: Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief.