by Beau Miakinkoff
and some portions by Leah Vesta Hansen’s post on 7/4/09
Feet are of high importance because each foot is home to 7000 superficial nerve endings. When feet hurt, are achy, sore and tired, they have an uncanny knack of making the rest of the body feel the same way they do!
The feet connect us to the earth and support our bodies with an intricate structure that consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments. In addition, feet are furthest from the heart where circulation tends to stagnate and gravity tends to pull toxins.
Our feet deserve the same health and wellness considerations as the rest of our body, and are regularly the area that is most often neglected until we start to experience problems. Inevitably, nearly half of the planet’s population will at some point in their lives develop a problem with their feet.
Treat the Feet!
We wear socks and shoes which desensitizes the feet over time. To improve health and well being, it is the feet that need to receive the most attention.
Some suggestions you can do that can make a difference between tired, aching feet and happy, feel-good feet:
Wear the Correct Shoes and Check the Size Regularly. Despite their popularity, flip-flops were never designed to be worn as an all-day work shoe. Even as part of the latest trend, people should use caution about wearing them for hours at a time on cement and hard surfaces. Flip-flops are beach shoes, meant to be worn to protect the soles of our feet while waling on a surface like sand. They offer no arch support and no protection for your feet. If you want to wear a sandal to work, experts say something like a Birkenstock or Chaco, that offerso some support, is a much better choice.
Pamper Your Feet. Get a pedicure from a professional at least once a month. Good nail care can help present future foot problems as well as help your keep an eye out for issues, like the start of a nail fungus, a callus, or a blister. The leg and foot massage portion of the pedicure feels great and will relax not just your feet, but your whole body. To pamper your feet at home, try a little at-home foot spa.
Stretch and Strengthen. Most of us will log about 1,000 miles each year on our feet. Because of this, it is important to stretch the muscles in the foot, ankle, and arch. An effective way to stretch the bottom of the foot is with a tennis ball. While sitting watching TV or even while working on the computer, roll a tennis ball along the bottom of your foot from heel to toes, applying medium to deep pressure as you go. Another good stretch is to grab all of the toes on one foot with your thumb on the bottom, and the rest of your fingers on the top and stretch by pulling toes up toward your knee and then curling them down toward the floor. A Reflexology treatment with a good stretch routine is an excellent help to prevent plantar fasciitis and help relieve general foot pain as well an excellent method of healing the feet from symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
Ask Your Therapist for Help. Of course, one of the best resources for you and your feet is your massage therapist. (that’s me!!!) Next time you’re scheduled for a massage, be sure to ask your practitioner for a little extra attention to your feet. (Check out the list of foot massages that I offer. I bet you’ll find one that fits!) A professional’s trained touch can do wonders for aching feet.
Your feet work harder for you than almost any other part of your body. Keep them happy and healthy and they will keep you wanting to dance the night away!!!
Be kind to the feet. Give them the pampering they deserve so the rest of the body will appreciate the feet being happy too!
Here’s an excellent article from one of my massage periodicals that I receive entitled What About My Feet?
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