Healthy Feet = Happy Head?

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5th October 2010, 04:05pm - Views: 1214


5 October, 2010


Walking for just half an hour a day can be as good for your mental health as it is for the rest

of your body, but untreated painful feet are discouraging many Australians from being


Podiatrists can literally help people get back on their feet, by treating the foot problems

that can stop their patients from walking. 

Research shows that an exercise like walking can help block negative thoughts and alters

the levels of ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, endorphins and stress


Depression is one of the most common health conditions in Australia, affecting one in five

people at some stage in their lives. According to Beyond Blue, around one million adults and

100,000 young people live with depression each year.

A study from the Centre for Mental Health Research revealed that for older people, exercise

is as helpful as antidepressant medication or social contact.

However, walking is not such a simple exercise for many people who suffer foot pain.

President of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Brenden Brown says there are simple ways

to treat foot problems. 

‘Some of my patients don’t like to walk because their feet are painful or because walking

triggers pre-existing conditions. However, podiatrists are trained to correct these problems.

Sometimes people begin to exercise and find their feet are painful. They often blame their

shoes when in fact it’s a problem that could be treated by a podiatrist’.

‘It might be as simple as ill-fitting shoes or perhaps the patient needs orthotics. Podiatrists

are foot specialists and it’s this experience that really makes the difference’.

‘It makes sense to visit your podiatrist before you begin any exercise campaign, to ensure

your feet are in optimum condition’.

facilitates free community-based walking groups. Just go to to find a walking group near you. 

Media enquiries: Kylie Johnson, or 0405 425 665

Australasian Podiatry Council?89 Nicholson Street Brunswick East VIC 3057 T: +61 3 9416 3111

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