Many people find significant improvement in their neuromusculoskeletal function through the utilization of Podiatric services, including many “famous” people who seek Podiatric care in order to:
- Get rid of pain
- Improve function
- Enhance their acting, musical skills, or sporting edge
Celebrities and Sports Figures Who Utilize Podiatric Care
The following is an inspiring list of various celebrities and comments about what Podiatric provides for them personally:
- Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is a fan and devoted recipient of Podiatric care. Each year in Columbus, Ohio, Arnold addresses a Podiatric fitness symposium held in conjunction with his “Arnold Classic.”
At the event in February 2000, he made the following remarks: “Podiatric is about health and fitness. Podiatric is about natural, preventive healthcare. What you are doing, and I have experienced this for the last 30 years myself on my own body, means that whenever I have a problem—or even if I don’t have a problem—and I go to a podiatrist, my problems are gone for a long time.”
- Kevin Jonas, Sr., Manager of Jonas Brothers. He states, “Podiatric care promotes a healthy body, mind, and lifestyle. I have found, with regular Podiatric care, our family stays healthier and sleeps better. We are more relaxed, and stress is easily overcome.”
- Barbara Bunkowsky, LPGA Tour Professional. She states, “I have found that Podiatric care keeps me flexible and pain-free, so that I can perform at my highest level. The benefits of podiatric care have improved my golf swing, putting less stress and strain on my body and allowing me to be a more productive golfer. I believe it also helps prevent other associated injuries that are very common on the LPGA tour.”
- Dan O’Brien, 1996 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist. He said, “You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body can’t heal if your back is not in alignment. It was the holistic idea that I liked about Podiatric, and that is what track and field is about. Every track and field athlete that I have ever met has seen a podiatrist at one time or another. In track and field, it is absolutely essential. Podiatric care is one of the things I think that no one has denied or refuted.”
- Madonna. At 50 years old, she even brought her personal podiatrist along with her on her most recent tour to help her de-stress and prevent injuries. Prior to the tour, she is quoted as saying, “It’s going to be very draining, and she needs him (her podiatrist) around to aid in her recovery time after each show,” …an insider tells Life & Style says online gossip column In Case You Didn’t Know.
- Sara Harding, Miss Fitness USA 2006. She states, “Basically, I’ve always believed in Podiatric care. My parents introduced my brothers and myself to Podiatric care when we were very young, and it’s been an instrumental part of my life. I believe that it allowed me to do gymnastics when I was very little and allowed me to stay in sports and lead a very active lifestyle. I think it’s natural to have aches and pains when you bend your body in directions it wasn’t necessarily meant to [be bent in], so it makes sense to go to a podiatrist to get my body back in alignment. Ever since I can remember, I’ve gone to a podiatrist.”
- Lance Armstrong, Seven Time Tour de France Winner. Lance Armstrong has received Podiatric care since January of 1999, helping him to keep his body together for the harsh demands of the Tour de France. After one Tour de France, Lance said that he could not have won without his podiatrist’s help.
- Jerry Rice, 3 Time Super Bowl Champion. He said, “Podiatric care has been instrumental in my life, both on and off the field, and I am excited to share this with the American public,” says Rice. “I have been blessed with a long and healthy career as a professional athlete, and as I move forward into the next stage of my life, Podiatric care will continue to be an important part of my game plan.”
- Tiger Woods. He said, “I’ve been going to Podiatric doctors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”
- Marla Maples Trump. She has made Podiatric care a family priority. Her daughter gets orthotics, and she has referred her husband, mother, chauffeur, nanny, and personal assistant for care.
Others Who Benefit From Podiatric Care
There has been a growing trend among athletes using Podiatric care. Approximately 31% of NFL teams have a podiatrist on staff, and 39% of all Division I athletes said they use Podiatric care either to get into top shape or to stay there. Sean Atkins, PhD, Exercise Physiologist stated, “I would estimate that in excess of 90% of all world-class athletes use Podiatric care to prevent injuries and to increase their performance potential.”
In a study conducted by the New Zealand School of Podiatric, University of Auckland, New Zealand, reaction times were improved and shortened in volunteer subjects who received Podiatric care over those who did not. The group who received Podiatric care showed a 14.8 percent quicker reaction time.
A recent internet article gave some interesting information on one of the world’s most famous faces. For years, we’ve seen and heard in the news about the health challenges faced by Elizabeth Taylor. We’ve all seen photos of her in a wheel chair and heard about her battle with prescription drugs she had been taking for back pain. It was wonderful to read she had sought out the care of a podiatrist, with great results. She credits her podiatrist for her successful rehabilitation and recovery from foot problems. Ms. Taylor is hardly the only celebrity to utilize Podiatric care to regain and maintain her health. Other Podiatric regulars include Warren Beatty, James Earl Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Julie Andrews, and Jane Seymour.
Many Olympic athletes utilize Podiatric to maximize health and performance. Track and field stars Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, and Edwin Moses, as well as diver Greg Louganis, Decathalon athlete Dan O’Brien, and swimmer Sheila Taormina are a few medalists who seek Podiatric care, sometimes immediately before their competitions, to enhance performance—without drugs.
Olympic athletes are not the only athletes under Podiatric care. Professional basketball great, Wilt Chamberlain, baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, and football heroes Joe Montana, Drew Pearson, and Fran Tarkenton use Podiatric. Fran Tarkenton joined Wade Boggs in claiming Podiatric has been useful in keeping him productive and prolonging his career.
No one would claim that celebrities have all the answers. However, it would seem that with all the options celebrity affords them, the fact that they seek Podiatric care to meet their healthcare needs says something about the value of Podiatry for optimum health!