Foot is one of the complex structures of the body with the purpose of supporting our weight and movement. The 26 bones, 33joints, over 100s of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot helps in the walking, running, climbing, jumping. Foot arches helps in holding our body in the erect position. The thousands of nerve endings in foot helps in the coordinated function between organs and organ systems.
The narrow structure of the foot helps in stabilsation of the body while walking. Every single human foot has distinctive two longitudinal and one lateral arches which minimize the risk of musculoskeletal tear or damage. They can also store the energy of these forces, helping in moving forward and backward while walking and running. The muscles give power and balance to the movement of foot.Tendon joins muscle to bone and ligaments attaches one bone to another bone. Both of these structuresprotect the foot from sprains. The skin on our foot soles is the thickest on the body.
This complexity of the human feet makes it prone to injuries like pain, strains, sprains, Foot drops, tendinitis, torn ligaments, Arthritis, Neuropathies, Diabetic Foot, Cracks, Fungus infections, fractures, swellings and ulcers. Researches show that women are prone 4 times to foot problems than men. The incidence of foot complaints tend to intensify with age producing more risk of injuries and falls for the elderly people .Problems with Foot in individuals of younger age group can influence their worker productivity and possible injuries, may result in a decreased quality of life.
Looking into some of the most common foot problems and Ayurvedic remedies, Ayur healthcare offers you with a wide range of treatment experiences from pampering your sore foot to healing touch of herbal treatments .The most common type of discomfort people experience with foot is pain and cosmetic disfigurement. The conditions of foot pain includes-
Treatment for the foot problems is prescribed depending upon the condition ranging from simple massages to systemic treatments. Ayurveda offers very effective foot care plans including anti inflammatory and pain relieving herbs, foot massages (Padabhyanga) and other local bath, herbal packs and bandages. Itincludes internal administration of medicated herbal decoctions, powders, tablets and oils, herbal jams and so on. Externally Upanaha bandage (a type of fomentation where specially prepared herbs are tied in cotton bandage or leaves in the painful area.) Dhara (Pouring streams of oil over the painful area),Avagaha (foot bath in specially prepared medical decotions),Abhyanga(hot oil massage), various powder massages and kizhis (herbs are warmed in medicated oils and made into small pouches) will help.
Ayurveda recommends to do foot massage using hot oils to improve as a part of personal care. Here the massage is administered by giving special care to trigger points/ vital points known as marmas in Ayurveda. Marmas are the vital points of the body where multiple structures cross each other. Stimulating these points helps to improve the flow of energy in the body, circulation and nerve functioning. On top of increasing general health of foot, Ayurvedic foot massage is highly recommended for sleep issues as well. Apart from the general benefits foot massage can be tailored to address foot problems by using specific pain oils, herbal scrubs, pouches and so on. The effects of foot massage can be boosted by giving a foot bath and herbal pack.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
-Leonardo da Vinci