As children, we pay quite close attention to our toes. Whether its from singing “This little piggy went to market…” or literally being able to put our foot in our mouth – when we are young, they are fun!
Yet as adults, we tend to simply put socks over them, perhaps only focusing on them when we have to cut our toenails.
So, what do we know about our toes; what do they actually do? And how can we help keep them healthy?
Although there may be times you wish someone would stop talking, its no laughing matter when you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth! We need to be able to move our jaws comfortably in order to talk and eat. When you experience joint pain, there may be clicking or grating sensations, tenderness or swelling which could limit the range of motion of your jaw.
If you’ve ever been asked to rate your pain on a 0-10 scale, you’ll know how hard that can be. It might change. It might be a 3/10 in the morning, but a 9/10 when you start moving. So when someone asks you to rate it out of 10, what do you do? Do you put it as a 3 or a 9? Or do you go somewhere in the middle and say a 6/10? Taking the middle road might seem like a good idea, and is often what happens. The problem is- that doesn’t explain to your chiropractor that sometimes it’s not so bad, and sometimes it’s a heck of a lot worse and completely stops you from doing anything with your day.