Did you know that the foot is made up of 26 different bones, 33 joints, and more than a 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? That makes for about a quarter of our entire anatomy in just our feet! That is a lot in a small area, but our feet must support our entire body, weight and movements. We rely on our feet to walk, run, jump, dance, and so many other tasks that allow us to move. When we walk and our heel comes up off the ground, it disperses about half our weight onto our toes. No wonder about 75% of people will complain of some sort of foot pain at least once in their lifetime. They become sore and tired from a long day. They may get blisters, cuts, or fungus such as athlete’s foot. The may even develop bunions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. We use and abuse our feet on the daily without giving them any thought. We need to start treating our feet. Our entire body will be thankful and lead to a happier you.
Here some are simple ways to treat your feet:
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes. Try to avoid high heels (more than 2 inches), pointy shoes the compress your toes together, and flat or floppy soled shoes such as flip-flops and sandals that do not have much cushion or arch support for your feet.
- Soak your feet after a tiring day of standing, walking, or working out. Not only will this soothe your aching feet, but is calming and relaxing for the entire mind and body.
- Massage and roll your feet out. Rubbing your feet and stretching them will help bring the spring back into your step. Use a racquet ball, lacrosse ball, or a golf ball and roll your feet over it (one at time) to help break up adhesions and lengthen tightened muscles and fascia. Use your fingers to get in between each toe pad and toes. Or have someone else do the massaging while you lay back and relax.
- Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day. Make sure when you lather up, to wash in between the toes, and scrub your heels and any rough spots. When drying your feet, make sure that you dry them completely with a towel, especially between the toes where fungus like grow.
- Moisturize daily. Or twice a day. After showering, and even again before bed, moisturize your feet, especially the rough and dry spots like your heels to prevent them from cracking or splitting, which can lead to infections. Plus, everyone likes soft and smooth feet.