Patricia Lavelle MAR FHP CNHC Foot Health Treatments, Holistic Foot Therapies & Reflexology for Dumfries & Galloway



Foot Health. feet and blade

Good foot health really matters. It can reduce pain; improve confidence, mobility, quality of life and independence with the potential to prevent more serious health problems. Healthy feet allow you to remain physically active, which in turn improves emotional health and vitality. Your health rests on them.



The Foundation Of The Body

Your feet are your body's structural foundation, and any problem with your feet will eventually affect your entire body. ... The seven thousand plus nerve endings in your feet send messages to your brain, and if they are not functioning at an optimal level, your brain will begin to overcompensate.
Foot Pain
Irritation of inter-digital nerves (in the balls of the feet) may cause enlargement of the nerves, causing pain in the balls of the feet.



Foot Facts

  • A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments.
  • The 52 bones in your feet make up one quarter of all the bones in your body. When they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
  • Your feet tend to swell a little during the day, and it’s best to buy shoes that fit then.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.
  • Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.
  • Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet.
    Look after your feet!



  • Treatments

    Some common conditions I can help with are:

  • Toenail cutting and correction
  • Corns and hard skin removal
  • Treatment of athlete's foot and fungal infections
  • In-growing toenail management and prevention
  • Diabetic foot health assessment and monitoring
  • Bunion pain relief and care
  • Verruca treatment
  • Treatment of foot pain
  • Swollen feet and toe tension treatment
  • General foot health treatments
  • Universal reflexology therapies


  • As we get older our skin gets drier. The dry skin on our feet, particularly the heels, can crack and become quite uncomfortable; it also becomes more susceptible to inflammation and infections. The solution to this problem lies in Epsom salt and then in moisturising creams. There is no need to spend a fortune - an inexpensive one will do the trick quite nicely. The only potential problem would be an allergy to the products you are using, so you might want to read labels carefully before you buy anything.

    The ball of the foot is where the heads of the metatarsal bones are joined to the base of the toe bones. The medical term for the area is the transverse metatarsal arch. If you were to examine the ball of an infant's foot you would find a big ward of fat there to protect the developing bones from injury. As the child begins to walk that fat pad diminishes sufficiently to allow for balance. Slowly, as we progress from childhood to old age, that fat pad thins out. Sometimes it thins out more quickly if a person is suffering from certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.
    There are various ways of dealing with disappearing fat pads. One approach is to relieve the area of stress. Often, shoe inserts - such as Happy Feet insoles, these insoles can be purchased online or from Boyd Group, Dumfries - will provide some relief and eliminate the need for more aggressive action, such as custom-made orthotics.


    Pay closer attention to your feet so that you can avoid or at least alleviate some of the conditions I have described. If you are unable to care for your feet yourself, have them examined and cared for periodically. Treat yourself to a foot massage once in a while - and that goes for men as well! If you take good care of your feet, they will help keep you active and happy for a long time.

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