You can put up with sore feet for just so long, before
they affect your lifestyle, become debilitating and give you a feeling of
If you are prepared
to think a little outside the square,
I might be able to help you with your sore
You have two options:
Continue to do what you have been doing..... which might not be giving you the
relief you are seeking
Treat your sore feet from a different perspective..... unravel their messages,
then there is a good chance that the pain levels will reduce
Firstly, let me tell you a story about one of my clients and her sore feet.......
A lady came to me
with a right sore heel, with pain travelling up the heel and across the soft tissue towards the ankle. This lady had been regularly
seeing a podiatrist for many months and wearing orthotics. Nothing was giving
relief and an operation had been discussed as it seemed to be the only option
left to relieve the pain. Because I approach pain a little differently from some
people I know, I initially considered where the pain on the foot was. This made me think it was related to her
place in the community, with a possibly connection to money issues.
Her husband was a minister of religion and was close to
retirement, which meant they would leave the area, their friends and their home
of many years. They would relocate, be estranged from everyone who had
supported them in the past and re-establish their life. They would soon be
leaving the community in which they both played a vital role. Like many people
facing retirement, there were concerns about future finances. She understood
the connection I was making between her foot pain and her forthcoming lifestyle
changes. Before long she was back driving,
walking, exercising and doing all the things she hadn’t been able to do for
many months. She was also acknowledging the emotions associated with this
change of lifestyle. There was never any more talk of an operation.
you think of your sore feet as
nothing more than a message to you,
then all you have to do is figure out what they are trying to say. It’s not all that difficult to decipher their
messages and there is a good chance they will improve.
first question you must ask yourself is:
long have my feet been sore?
was happening in my life when they became sore?
you think back in detail to around that time, there is usually something –
something you did, something someone else did, something you didn’t want to do,
a lifestyle change, a career change. If an
incident doesn’t come to mind immediately, don’t worry. It will most probably surface before too
physical problem with your feet can give you a clue:
- Fractures or any bone issues are
related to restructuring something in your life, or your infrastructure that
supports you. Bone problems can also be
about fortifying yourself in a particular situation e.g. a spur on the heel
would be related to strengthening your position in your family or group.
- Tendons are connective
tissue and are bringing your attention to how you connect or disconnect from
- Ankles, in reflexology, are
connected to the hip and the hip, metaphysically speaking, is associated with power
games, one to one relationships and money.
Therefore a sprained ankle could be drawing your attention to one of
- Morton's neuroma is a bundle of
benign nerve endings, sitting below and between the base of the third and fourth
toe. Anything related to nerves suggests
to me a communication issue, in some form or other.
- Plantar faciitis is inflammation of
the facia. You could be pulled in two
directions, resulting in divided loyalties. You could be doing all the
things you should be doing instead of all the things you want to do or love to
are just a few examples of foot problems.
Whether the problem is on the left or right, and what part of the foot is
tender will also tell you a lot more.
of the reasons I have written “Holistic Reflexology”, is
to put into simple language much of what I have learnt over the past twelve
years as I have worked with feet as a reflexology practitioner, thinking
outside the square.
book is not about reflexology per se. It
is about improving the quality of your life through awareness. It will give you an opportunity to discover
what sore feet and body symptoms are trying to tell you. If you take action on what you learn, then it
is quite possible that your foot or health issue will improve.
See the bottom of page to order.
outside the square and putting logic aside for a moment…..
Where the pain is on
your feet will tell you a lot about what areas of your life you need to have a
closer look at.
explaining this concept I use the chakras and place them on the feet as if they
were placed in the body.
heel is about belonging, your place in the group, your culture, traditions and
arch is about how you relate to the other, one to one relationships, physical
security and money
arch is about your relationship to yourself and your boundaries
heart on the large joint is about joy and happiness and gratitude and
throat is about speaking up, living in the past or projecting to the future, the
ability to create your own reality and responsibilities
of the big toe is related to seeing with another perspective and allowing
of the hallux and toes is related to ego and unity
story: A lady came with a very tender
upper arch on her left foot. I circled
the area and said that it was her ‘boundary band’. She responded that she had cut off all
communication with her mother because of boundary issues. The foot was telling me its own story.
my book, “Holistic Reflexology” I expand these concepts in details and suggest
how to heal these chakra issues that are causing specific pain in certain areas
of your feet. Remember
your feet are not sore to make your life unpleasant. They are trying to tell you something about
yourself that needs to be addressed.
are related to the elements and help you understand yet another aspect of
yourself through your feet.
- The big toe is
related to ether and connected to ego, unity and oneness
- The second toe is associated
with the element of air and air is connected to communication
- The third toe
expresses fire and fire has to do with passion.
Do you live with passion or just exist
- The fourth toe
embraces water, and water reveals your feelings. How you relate to yourself defines
how you will relate to others.
- The fifth toe is
Earth and tells me about how well the person is grounded (fixed and placed) in the
family and community.
female client told me that every so often the second toe (communication) on her
right foot (male) got very sore but only
when she wore a particular pair of shoes which was once every week. I wondered
why she wore these particular shoes each week and what was she doing when she
had them on. The way I think, it has to be connected to communication with a
was a teacher of sorts, who shared this teaching role with her partner. She was
the leader and taught six nights of the week. She didn’t really want her
partner to teach at all because she didn’t like his method, but she let him
teach just one night a week so he wouldn’t feel left out. That one night was
the night she wore the shoes that gave her a sore toe. She never commented on
his teaching methods because she knew it would erupt into an argument, so she
kept her mouth shut, didn’t communicate what she really felt and thought, wore
the same shoes every week and blamed the shoes for the sore toe.
people aren’t open to how I think and would prefer to use medication rather than
deal with a difficult issue in their life.
ORGANS, hold emotions
often suppressed and are found in the reflexes of the feet according to
tender liver reflex doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a problem with your
liver. It could be holding anger and
hold fear and phobia
is associated with joy and happiness
hold grief and guilt
and stress will show in the stomach
client who has been coming to see me for many years has a chronic lung
disease. Her lung reflexes are often
painful. Two of her children were born
with disabilities. Her young son died
some years ago and her daughter, who still lives at home, requires full time
care. Her lungs are the obvious place she would carry the grief for her
children which show up in the balls of her feet.
book includes all the reflexes of the body systems to help you find what a
tender part of your foot could be trying to tell you.
will help you understand the who, how and when of your foot pain
A lady came to see me with a left ankle problem. Several operations had not
improved the ankle and she felt the problem was back where it all started. As
an afterthought, she told me that the fifth toe on her left foot was swollen
and tender. She thought she had broken it. Also as an afterthought, she told me
that she had cared for her father for many years and he had died recently. She
had been very close to him.
The toe drew my
attention before the ankle. The toe had been sore for about eight weeks and her
father had died eight weeks ago, but she had not put the two together.
father’s illness and death would have shown up on the right foot. The left
ankle and toe were most probably related to the mother. She told me her mother
was still alive and had become more and more difficult over the years as focus
was given to the father.
the ankle is the reflex for the hip, which is associated with power games and
the small toe is related to belonging and family, the foot problem clearly
became related to the mother and what was going to happen to her now her
husband had died. The left ankle was related to the client’s future in relation
to the mother.
client came back the following week. Her small toe was back to normal. There
was no redness or pain.
don’t know what you did,” she said “you hardly touched it.” All I did was bring
her attention to the underlying cause. The toe wasn’t painful to make her life
unpleasant. It was trying to tell her something.
TEXTURE and POSITION show strength and weakness, potential and challenge
upright foot tells me that the person knows what they want in life and is well
on their way to achieving it.
at the heart area of the foot talk to me about stoic resolve. As the tendon
slips and the heart protection weakens the bunion develops as strong protection.
with protruding tendons has repeatedly shown me a person who has been given
responsibility at an early age or, as an adult, something had been thrust upon
them that they felt they had no choice but to take up.
that are curled under draw my attention to a person who can be stubborn and
won’t be told anything. They continue to do everything their way even to their
and thickened skin are obviously some form of defence and where they sit on the
foot points to what they are protecting.
cracks and splits around the heel indicate a breaking away or splitting from
the group, family or tradition.
are letting me know that they are under pressure from an outside influence.
warts, unlike other warts, are sensitive to pressure. They are usually found on
the plantar surface of the ball of the foot or heel, a sign of sensitivity to
the family or heart.
nail beds imply that something is eating away at them.
toenails can suggest focusing inwardly on yourself or being self-centred.
crunchy texture at the top of the toes is suggesting that the person spends a
lot of time in their head thinking about things.
base of the big toe holds many secrets, one being whiplash. They have been
whipped back to have a second look at something or have been given a great push
from the back to get on with it.
foot that falls outwards, is distancing from a situation
foot that falls inwards is looking for support.
worked with a lady for a few years who was in her nineties. In her younger days she had been a brilliant
musician; a lead violinist in a prominent orchestra. She stopped playing when she had a child.When
she returned to her music, she was offered a place in the orchestra. She told me that if she couldn’t be lead,
then she wouldn’t be part of the orchestra.
She wanted to be remembered as the best.
She never picked up her fiddle (as she called it) again. When
I began working with her, all of her toes were turned under. She had dug her toes in (as the saying goes)
and never played again. She literally
shut her talents down; cut herself off from her greatest ability.
LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS
words you use to describe your foot pain can also be a clue as to where its
Over and above all of these clues is anatomy and physiology
most basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology will help you
discover what the issue is most probably related to. If you understand how the body works then it
is relatively simple to parallel that understanding to a different level.
of the body systems, looked at from a *metaphysical perspective will give you
another possibility as to why your feet are sore or your body in distress.
taking a look at a couple of body systems from a metaphysical perspective:
- Nervous System is about interpreting information and communication
- Endocrine System focuses on authority figures and learning
through negative feedback
being..... a philosophical study of the nature of reality, concerned with
questions such as the external world. In my case the reality I have chosen to
study is sore feet, sickness and disease.
feet are not painful, tender and burning just to make your life miserable.
You don’t have
bunions simply to make your shopping experience for shoes difficult.
Sprained ankles aren’t
in support of the hot and cold pack industry.
are not designed because of a bad shoe last.
hold the answers to many unresolved questions about health and life in general.
- Sore feet are not trying to make life unpleasant.
- Sore feet are trying to give you a message.
- Sore feet are trying to draw attention to what area of life needs to be
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