Is this you?
- Are you shuffling your feet or feeling off balance when you walk?
- Are your feet burning? Hot? Cold? Numb?
- Have you been diagnosed with foot neuropathy?
- Are you feeling unsteady when you walk, especially in the dark or on soft, uneven surfaces?
- Do you get dizzy when you stand up?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may have reduced blood flow to your feet from normal aging or nerve damage from foot neuropathy.
Our feet are the #1 most important sensory input that sends information to our brain to create our balance and stability while standing and walking.
If you are looking for guidance, tools and exercises you can do at home to complement your treatment plan, Dr. Bell’s e-course is for you.
“They feel so alive!” Irene exclaimed joyfully as she gazed at her bare feet stretched out in front of her after completing the Foot Therapy exercises in this E-course.
Normal aging of the skin and muscles of the feet can cause falls so Dr. Bell created this E-course to help you overcome normal aging of your feet and potentially reverse foot neuropathy.
Most patients are not even aware of their foot problems because they are so disconnected from their feet.
In Dr. Bell’s experience treating or consulting on thousands of cases of older adults with balance problems and falls, she has discovered that impaired foot sensation and weak ankle muscles are a major contributor to unsteadiness – often unidentified – and most treatments on the market today for foot neuropathy have uncomfortable side effects, limited usefulness or short-lived results.
This Foot Therapy program to Reduce Fall Risk is designed for people with foot neuropathy – or peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease and reduced blood flow to the skin of the feet from normal aging.
Common risk factors that may cause foot neuropathy – or peripheral neuropathy – include diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco smoking and high blood pressure.
Specifically, a muscle weakness in the shin – or tibialis anterior muscle, can cause falls along with weakness in the ankle stabilizer muscles.
The benefits of this program that patients have experienced include:
- reduced “shuffling” of feet with walking,
- increased foot sensation,
- increased strength of the muscles of the foot and ankle,
- improved coordination of lower leg movements,
- improved circulation in the foot and ankle,
- better muscular endurance of ankle stabilizer muscles,
- reduced uncomfortable feelings of leg cramps, lower leg pain, and hot/ cold foot sensations,
- better mobility of the ankle joint,
- reduced fear of falling,
- more confidence and steadiness with balancing and walking,
- less reliance on assistive devices such as a cane or walker,
- less reported falls on uneven surfaces and in the dark,
- faster walking speed,
- improved reaction times when balance is lost
- longer step length,
- fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits from fall-related injuries, and
- improved quality of life.
Patients with these diagnoses have reported benefits from using this Foot Therapy program:
- Diabetic Foot Neuropathy,
- Idiopathic Foot Neuropathy (no known cause),
- Peripheral Vascular Disease,
- Stroke (CVA) affecting balance,
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
- Orthostatic Hypotension (dizziness or lightheadedness while standing)
- Ankle sprain,
- Ankle Muscle Weakness,
- Total Ankle Replacement, and after other types of
- Ankle surgery.
In addition, some high level athletes like ballet dancers, ice skaters, surfers and snowboarders have reported benefits by training their ankles with the exercises in this Foot Therapy program to improve their athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury from ‘rolling’ their ankles.
If the foot sensation, muscle strength and overall stability are improved, it only makes sense that walking would feel more stable!
Contra-Indications, Precautions, and Limitations:
The exercises in this program require the hip to flex above 90 degrees, so they are not appropriate for people who have hip precautions after a hip replacement that restrict hip flexion to 90 degrees or less.
Some patients with SEVERE knee pain during rotational movements of the hips or ankles, pelvic pain from a pelvic fracture and scar tissue around the groin area from hernia surgery have reported discomfort from performing the exercises in this course.
This program will not cure “foot drop” or bring new movement paralyzed legs or feet but may strengthen muscles that are weak as long as they are able to move on their own.
Patients with surgical wounds, cellulitis or weeping skin from edema are advised to talk to hold off on performing this foo therapy exercise program until cleared by their physician.
The results of this program vary between individuals and are not guaranteed. Be sure to seek medical advice from your doctor before starting any new exercise program.