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The importance of resting

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The human body is an amazing and complex set of system.

  • The respiratory system
  • The circulatory system
  • The neurological system
  • The musculoskeletal system
  • The endocrine system
  • The immune system
  • The digestive system

… the list goes one

In terms of Podiatry, whilst our work is highly influenced by all systems, especially the neurological and vascular systems, it is the musculoskeletal system that we arguably have the most influence over physically.

When people come to see us with injuries, pains and problems in their feet or associated structures, these are often the result of injury, or overuse. The human body gets fatigued, tissues get stressed and then can become inflamed, painful and damaged.

If you have acute pain or injury, then you should rest the injury for a few days to allow a basic level of healing to occur before you start to load your tissues again.

More and more research is being conducted on the importance of sleep on injuries too.

In deep sleep our growth hormones are released from the pituitary gland helping to repair our tissues.

If you don’t allow your body to rest and you don’t get enough good quality sleep it can be harder for your body to recover from injury.

If you have an injury, one of the best things you can do is rest, however then you need to start appropriately using and loading the tissues so that they can recover in a healthy manner. This can be complicated to get right, so seeing an appropriate health professional, like a Podiatrist for the foot, ankle or lower limb, is really important.

The importance of Resting
The importance of Resting