November 2014 Newsletter | Cresswell Physical Therapy
Balance and Foot Intelligence
The flexibility and coordination of your feet largely determine how well you can balance. Did you know that the majority of the body’s balance receptors are located in your feet and ankles? Try a balance test: After a shower, can you dry one foot while standing on the other? No leaning against a wall or holding on for support is allowed. You should be able to balance on one foot long enough to dry off your other foot and leg after a shower. Do you have to sit down to put on your socks? Can you don your socks or pantyhose in standing without holding on to a wall for support? If not, you may be a candidate for a home balance program.
A home program to improve balance will keep the feet and ankles supple, thus maintaining your balance receptor’s “intelligence.” Improved sense of balance will reduce the risk of inconvenient trauma associated with falls. Improved sense of balance will heighten your participation in sports and leisure.
HOME BALANCE PROGRAM – When the opportunity presents itself, try standing on one foot. Brush your teeth balancing on one foot. Wash your coffee mug standing on one foot. Also, remember tippy-toe standing. Stand up and down on the tippy toes of both feet while dusting, washing the car, or blow drying your hair. Listen to music with your eyes closed, let your body sway softly.
Use simple daily activities as opportunities to maintain your balance receptors in your feet and ankles. Concentrate on walking smoothly and gracefully. Sustain yourself through attention to balance. Physical therapy may help. Call us at Cresswell Physical Therapy for a balance consultation. We are here to help you help yourself. Call 244-7686.