Episode #57: The Importance of Proprioception in Foot Health and Balance

June 30, 2024

About the Guest(s):

Dr. Shane Moore is a seasoned podiatrist hailing from Peoria, Arizona, with 13 years of experience under his belt. Prior to stepping into the world of podiatry, Dr. Moore sharpened his expertise in the business and corporate sector, earning an MBA and working for several years in the industry. Making a significant career pivot, he immersed himself in podiatric medicine - an area he grew passionate about following sports injuries he sustained in his own life. Now, Dr. Moore practices in a five-physician private clinic, dealing with a variety of foot and ankle issues ranging from sports injuries, diabetic foot care, to pediatric podiatry and trauma surgery.

Episode Summary:

In an episode that steps squarely into the intersection of lifestyle and wellness, Dr. Chad Woolner dives into a compelling discussion on podiatry and foot care with special guest Dr. Shane Moore, emphasizing the foundational role of foot health. The conversation strides through the importance of functional measures like the sitting-rising test, underscoring how our feet are indispensable to our mobility and overall well-being.

Delving into the mechanics of foot health, Dr. Moore unravels the significance of stretching, proper footwear, and the consequences of neglect such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic neuropathies. With a candid take from his expansive experience, he shares insights on practices to maintain foot health and the rise in foot-related ailments linked to lifestyle choices. The discussion pivots around practical advice for common issues, addressing the lurking dangers of untreated foot problems that, as Dr. Moore puts it, people often ignore until it's too late.

Key Takeaways:

  • The feet are critical for mobility, and issues in foot health can lead to problems in other parts of the body such as knees and back.
  • Proprioception is key for balance and stability, especially post-injury. Exercises like toe scrunching, using toe spacers, and stretching can greatly improve this.
  • Wearing the right shoes is crucial for foot health, and certain brands like Hoka are recommended for their support.
  • Diabetic neuropathy and associated conditions like gout are rising, with Dr. Moore advocating for early intervention and awareness of one's hemoglobin A1C and diet.
  • Painful conditions and even amputations are sometimes the unfortunate necessities in podiatric medicine, emphasizing the importance of foot care and regular check-ups.

Notable Quotes:

  • "You only get one set [of feet], and they keep you going through life. So gotta keep good care of them." - Dr. Shane Moore
  • "A lot of times I tell patients that it can start in the feet; it can work itself up the chain to the ankles, the knees, the back." – Dr. Shane Moore
  • "The feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body." - Dr. Shane Moore
  • "When you got your feet and your foot health is good, you have a thousand wishes, you know, when your foot health is bad, you only got one." - Dr. Chad Woolner


  • Dr. Shane Moore does not explicitly mention any social media handles, websites, or URLs in the transcript provided.

Engage your senses (especially your auditory one) with the full episode to explore the expansive terrain of foot health as guided by experts Dr. Chad Woolner and Dr. Shane Moore. Stay up-to-date with more enriching content that'll help you step confidently into better health and wellness. Keep your ears to the ground; we have much more coming your way.

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