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Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet
     

Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet

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by Katy Bowman
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“In Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, Ms. Bowman skillfully blends scientific research with everyday application in an understandable and entertaining format. She shares abundant advice for overall health. Read it and apply it! Your feet, and whole body, will say ‘thank you.’”
— William C. Whiting, Ph.D., author of Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury and Dynatomy: Dynamic Human Anatomy

"From the simplicity of finding the right shoe fit to the complexity of the interaction of the dozens of muscles, tendons and bones of the human foot, Katy Bowman's Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief addresses the issues that face today's woman from the ankles down. Writing in an easy, user-friendly manner, she brings forward the problems that are seen daily, explanations of why they are occurring, and simple yet productive approaches to solutions and preventions - all to finally dispel the myth that ‘Feet are supposed to hurt!’”
—David B. Alper, DPM, podiatrist and past-president of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society

“[Bowman] sensibly helps readers to recognize the consequences of our conscious and unconscious foot behavior by offering direct, accessible and effective foot solutions that anyone can adopt and incorporate with their private clients, group classes and personal self-care.“
—Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up®

“Katy Bowman's effort is breezy and informal about anatomy and biomechanics, but bright and informative about 'foot gym' – what to do to restore movement health and 'under-standing' in those poor souls still banging their heels and jamming their toes into the sensory deprivation chambers we call shoes.”
—Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and director of Kinesis, Inc.

“Katy Bowman’s book is an honest examination and careful explanation of what women as a culture have done to our feet. This is helpful to anyone suffering from foot (and knee and hip) pain who is interested in the root of the problem and motivated to do simple exercises and postural adjustments to fix it. While anatomy can be overly-complex, Bowman does a great job making the science very accessible, and the solutions straightforward.”
—Esther Gokhale, author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back

“For too long all of us—and women in particular—have been slaves to shoe fashion, and the price we have paid is far more than a new pair Jimmy Choos. As Katy Bowman explains in Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, poor footwear choices have weakened our feet, impaired our alignment, and damaged our joints, leading to a host of physical problems from head to toe. Bowman offers simple solutions to improving your health by helping you understand the impact shoes have on your body, showing you how to make smarter footwear choices and describing fun and simple exercises you can do to strengthen your feet. This book is definitely a step in the right direction.”
—Daniel Howell, Ph.D., “The Barefoot Professor,” author of The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons To Kick Off Your Shoes

Library Journal
Bowman (creator, "Aligned and Well" DVD series) seeks to educate women on taking care of their feet and evaluating their footwear. She presents ten chapters that cover the anatomy of the feet, foot exercises, bunions, and things to keep in mind when buying shoes. The last chapter features guidelines and recommendations for specific population groups or situations as well as FAQs. One noteworthy chapter shows how fashion undermines women's foot health and highlights research on how positive-heeled shoes (i.e., shoes that keep the heel at any height above the rest of the foot) cause musculoskeletal ailments. Each chapter has a short list of key points summarizing the major content. Easy-to-follow photographs of exercises are located within corresponding chapters and toward the end of the book for easy reference. A similar book for a broader audience is Jonathan D. Rose and Vincent J. Martorana's The Foot Book: A Complete Guide to Healthy Feet. VERDICT This book's message of exercising your feet, wearing more feet-friendly shoes, and paying attention to how you walk may cause shoe mavens to reconsider their high heels.—Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936661077
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
12/20/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
604,012
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“In Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, Ms. Bowman skillfully blends scientific research with everyday application in an understandable and entertaining format. She shares abundant advice for overall health. Read it and apply it! Your feet, and whole body, will say ‘thank you.’”
— William C. Whiting, Ph.D., author of Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury and Dynatomy: Dynamic Human Anatomy

"From the simplicity of finding the right shoe fit to the complexity of the interaction of the dozens of muscles, tendons and bones of the human foot, Katy Bowman's Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief addresses the issues that face today's woman from the ankles down. Writing in an easy, user-friendly manner, she brings forward the problems that are seen daily, explanations of why they are occurring, and simple yet productive approaches to solutions and preventions - all to finally dispel the myth that ‘Feet are supposed to hurt!’”
—David B. Alper, DPM, podiatrist and past-president of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society

“[Bowman] sensibly helps readers to recognize the consequences of our conscious and unconscious foot behavior by offering direct, accessible and effective foot solutions that anyone can adopt and incorporate with their private clients, group classes and personal self-care.“
—Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up®

“Katy Bowman's effort is breezy and informal about anatomy and biomechanics, but bright and informative about 'foot gym' – what to do to restore movement health and 'under-standing' in those poor souls still banging their heels and jamming their toes into the sensory deprivation chambers we call shoes.”
—Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and director of Kinesis, Inc.

“Katy Bowman’s book is an honest examination and careful explanation of what women as a culture have done to our feet. This is helpful to anyone suffering from foot (and knee and hip) pain who is interested in the root of the problem and motivated to do simple exercises and postural adjustments to fix it. While anatomy can be overly-complex, Bowman does a great job making the science very accessible, and the solutions straightforward.”
—Esther Gokhale, author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back

“For too long all of us—and women in particular—have been slaves to shoe fashion, and the price we have paid is far more than a new pair Jimmy Choos. As Katy Bowman explains in Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, poor footwear choices have weakened our feet, impaired our alignment, and damaged our joints, leading to a host of physical problems from head to toe. Bowman offers simple solutions to improving your health by helping you understand the impact shoes have on your body, showing you how to make smarter footwear choices and describing fun and simple exercises you can do to strengthen your feet. This book is definitely a step in the right direction.”
—Daniel Howell, Ph.D., “The Barefoot Professor,” author of The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons To Kick Off Your Shoes

Meet the Author


Biomechanist Katy Bowman, MS, has become a leading voice for the science of wellness. 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, Bowman’s goal is to educate the public about correct exercise prescription, traditional movement, and how modern living impacts the human machine.

Long before becoming a international health celebrity, Bowman opened a small studio - now a very large institute - utilizing her studies in biomechanics and kinesiology to design safe exercise programs for injured or post-rehab patients. Dedicated to the teaching the ABCs of movement, she developed a reputation for achieving unprecedented results in pain reduction, increased bone density, and improved metabolic health. She is a regular contributor and expert for national health, fitness, and wellness publications and TV segments.

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Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you wear any heels, even kitten heels, or sneakers with a raised back, you should read this book. You know the saying for children, "the anke bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone," what many people do not realize is the extent of ailments and injuries people can cause themselves from heels, and also poor posture. There are many pfau remedies out there, it takes time to be healed from what heels do to you! This book will change your life, for the better!!!
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