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How to Stay Pain Free with The Foot Collective

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee   /  December 5, 2018

Have you ever thought about how important our feet are? And how they’re connected to so many other parts of our bodies? This week’s podcast is with Nick and Mike from ‘The Foot Collective’, a group of Canadian physical therapists on a mission to help humans reclaim strong, functional and pain-free feet through foot health education.

The feet are an often neglected part of our body. If you’re experiencing hip, knee or back pain, your feet may be the cause. Nick and Mike explain that although there are many ailments that many of us just write off as something that we just have, or that we’ve inherited, in actual fact, there may be something we can do to improve these conditions. The truth is, that while we might have a genetic susceptibility, our environment and our lifestyles also determine what happens to our bodies.

In our modern lives, we create an imbalance in our bodies by sitting too much and this can expose us to risk of injury. The Foot Collective give some brilliant tips on what we can do to avoid this. We also discuss orthotics and the damaging effects of wearing narrow shoes which squash our feet and talk about how we can help restore our feet to their natural state. After experiencing back pain for years, I found working on my feet made a huge difference. I hope you find this podcast helps you!

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Episode Highlights:

  • Who are The Foot Collective and where are they based?
  • Why does Nick think that many foot problems are ignored?
  • What problem did Rangan have in his past and how did addressing his feet improve this?
  • Can genetics play a part in foot problems?
  • Why does Nick clarify the difference between human ‘movement’ and ‘exercise’?
  • Hear how The Foot Collective look to treat basic mobility in the first instance, then advise on human movement and finally look at appropriate exercise.
  • What do The Foot Collective cover in their workshops?
  • How can we help our kids understand that sitting on a chair is not the best for our bodies in the long run?
  • What can we do to counteract hours of sitting?
  • Hear how joint replacements, at an early age, are on the increase and why does this happen?
  • How can we all improve our hip function easily at home?
  • How can footwear have an impact on your balance and hip mobility?
  • What are the best exercises and sports for Kids in order to have healthy mobility in the future?
  • What are The Foot Collective’s top tips?
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DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee MbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP