What is Grounding and Why Do It?


You may already know of the term “grounding”. Or, it may be something you instinctively do without knowing it has a scientific name. For those left wondering, grounding is direct contact between your skin and the earth’s surface. For example, walking or standing barefoot on grass, sand, dirt etc. It can also be referred to as “earthing”.

For some, the mere thought of going barefoot outside may bring up a lot of emotions; the hassle of getting dirty feet, the fear of societal judgement, the chance it may increase already existing foot pain, the possibility of stepping on something sharp…which for people with peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) can cause significant problems.

These are all valid reasons, which typically originate from our upbringing, social conditioning, or via advice from medical professionals. However, whether you choose to engage in the practice of grounding or not, there’s a lot of interesting research that is starting to emerge about it’s benefits.

These benefits include:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved immune function
  • Faster recovery time following exercise
  • Improved wound healing
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Improved regulation of the endocrine system
  • Shift from sympathetic nervous system activation (flight, fight, freeze) to parasympathetic nervous system activation (cue rest and digest)

The research suggests that spending as little as 30 minutes a day with your bare feet connected to the earth could help improve your health and wellbeing. Obviously, we encourage you to use your discretion as to whether your environment is safe to stand or walk barefoot. So, if your curiosity is piqued, why not give the practice of grounding a go? Think of it as your time to “recharge” and the earth, your battery!

Introducing Podiatrist Loretta Egan

Podiatrist Loretta Egan


You may have already had the pleasure of meeting our newest team member, the lovely Loretta Egan but if you have not, allow us to introduce her.

Loretta graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2006 and has over 13 years experience working in private practice. Warm, friendly and thorough, Loretta takes a similar approach to podiatry as IPC founder Michelle, and is also qualified in dry needling. We couldn’t be more happy to have Loretta as part of the team.

To get to know Loretta, check out our interview with her below.


What drew you to a career in podiatry?

I became interested in podiatry after being a dancer (ballet and jazz) for 14 years. During this time, I often needed to see a podiatrist myself, and it was through these experiences I realised the importance of taking care of our feet and how podiatry can be a really helpful modality.

What are your favourite aspects of podiatry?

I am passionate about all aspects of podiatry, from treating the very young to very old. I especially enjoy nail surgeries, diabetes assessments and education, sports injuries and cases where you can provide immediate relief for someone in pain.

Outside of podiatry, what are your favourite ways to spend your time?

In my spare time (when I get it away from my one year old!) I love to go running and do HIIT classes. I have completed various runs over the years including a couple of half marathons.

What are you reading/listening to/watching at the moment? 

I am not currently reading anything at the moment because it is too hard with a toddler!

I’m listening to Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project. I have seen him live twice and love his music. I’m especially loving the guest artists on this album.

I have just finished watching the mini-series Chernobyl, which was excellent. I am also a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I’m watching Australian Survivor for the first time, and I am completely hooked!

What’s one thing you’d love to tell people about feet or podiatry?

One quarter of the bones in the body are in the feet, so when your feet are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body. During a day of walking, the total forces to your feet can be equivalent to hundreds of tonnes. Wearing high heels can increase the load to your forefoot by as much as 75%.

Proper footwear is therefore so important! It is probably the thing I am most passionate about and I hate seeing people walk around all day in poor footwear.


Loretta is available for appointments on Mondays and Fridays, alternating between our Camberwell and South Yarra clinics. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with her, book online or get in touch!




Michelle on The House of Wellness Australia

Our founder and principal podiatrist Michelle Moyle was recently featured on Channel 7’s The House of Wellness program discussing the importance of taking care of your feet.

During the segment, titled ‘Happy Feet’ Michelle offered an expert opinion on how to incorporate foot care into our lives and shared the benefits of regular podiatry with former Australian netball player Bianca Chatfield.

The show was a wonderful opportunity for Michelle to spread awareness about the importance of our feet, Integrated Podiatry Clinic and the profession of podiatry.

Watch from minute 2.20 to see Michelle in action!