i'm a certified "heel"-er!
I am now certified to be an insufferable foot fanatic. Meaning, I have recently been knighted a "Healthy Foot Practitioner."
I imagine your reaction is anywhere along the spectrum of, "Oooooo.... tell me more!"... to some variation of, "So what? My feet are fine."
While I can't personally relate to a blase' response regarding our lower extremities (I luuuuvvv taking care of my feet!), I do think theorize that the larger population has developed a sort of second-class mindset to everything below the belt - until something hurts, that is.
What I mean is, in our modern butts-in-a-chair-all-day culture, our legs and feet have become kind of incidental to the process of living. We can do a great many things without them - even striving for such! - and in a very real way have become detached from them - literally, 'ungrounded'.
The bulk of our activity takes place upstairs - in the the head, shoulders, arms and back... which is why I think we tend to notice our discomforts and loss of mobility on these areas much more readily.
But when pain does eventually show up in the knees, hips and low back (even though I'm told, "... my feet are fine.."), well, that pain may have a lot more to do with the use, is-use and non-use of the feet than we realize.
With 33 joint articulations, and 25% of our body's bones and muscles located below the ankles, I think we can safely assume that healthy foot mobility probably does matter.
Most of our footsies have adapted (and, no, adaptation is not really a good thing) to restrictive footwear and hard, flat walking surfaces, which has greatly affected our walking patterns - setting up a dynamic that creates loads placed upon on ankles, knees, hips, lumbar spine, and really, the whole body, which our physical forms are not designed for.
The result being - just like tires of a car wearing out from misalignment - friction, inflammation, and eventual breakdown in any or all of those joints.
From localized foot injuries: bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis (all of which might force a person to avoid exercise), to osteoporosis and loss of balance, the health of your whole body depends on the health of your feet.
Sure, lots of other things matter, too.... but why not start from the ground up, right?
What to do? Look for an upcoming "Healthy Foot Workshop" to be offered soon. And/or get the book, "Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief" (which is actually not just for women.. :)
You can also just keep reading my stuff, as I'll be writing about this a lot (as well as the whole body) in upcoming articles!