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What Are Your Feet Saying?

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Pedicures…some women swear by them, but while you're making sure your feet look the part, experts say you should also be paying attention to what they're telling you about your overall health!

Fox 29's Sheinelle Jones explains.

Melanie Cotton loves to dance! She's been doing "it" since she was four-years-old.

As a cast member for the hit musical "In The Heights," now playing at the Walnut Street Theatre, she gets her dance on.

So one can only imagine the toll all that "locking" and "popping" is taking on her feet.

"If my feet could talk, they would tell you they're pretty sore," Cotton said,

And that's only because Melanie is paying attention to her feet while a lot of other women unfortunately are not at least not the way we should be.

Cotton said, "I just sort of assumed that in this line of work, my feet are always going to hurt. I think I neglect my feet a lot more than I should."

And she is not unlike a lot of busy, professional women who, aside from making sure their toes look good, are not realizing what their feet can tell them about their overall health.

"If you look at the side of your foot, it duplicates your spinal column, There's points on your feet associated with the brain, the eyes, the nose, the sinuses," Jennifer Probst, a massage therapist at Suede Salon & Spa said.

Women rarely think about this when they're walking, talking or, even getting a pedicure.

"Usually, it's heartburn and stomach issues. Those are the types of things I can tell right away. Because there will be tightness right in the center of the diaphragm which is the fatty part of the foot." Probst said.

"The theory is our body is literally mapped on the bottom of our feet," Judith Halper, a nationally certified reflexologist said.

Halper specializes in relieving stress that can negatively affect your health, by applying pressure to the feet.

"Many times people who have headaches or have shoulder tension, many times you will see that there is just a rough skin on that great toe," Halper said. "When a reflexologist looks at a foot everything is interesting, the color. If there are any corns or calluses, often I will refer to a podiatrist."

While it's not Judith's place to make a diagnosis, she can offer suggestions about what's ailing her clients' bodies, based on what she's finding in their feet, which doctors are okay with.

"Your feet sometimes take a back seat to everything else," Melanie Cotton said.

All the more reason the 31-year-old is now taking some steps to listen to what her feet are telling her about her overall health.

"I plan on dancing until I absolutely can't dance or move! I want to keep my body right so that I can continue my career," Cotton said.

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