Let’s take a moment to acknowledge and applaud our feet. Having just come off walking 39.3 miles over two days to raise funds to eradicate breast cancer, I am super aware and grateful for my resilient feet.
Our feet can take quite a beating, especially for those who live in a city. Your feet literally need to withstand tons of weight over a lifetime. We rely on them so much, yet often take them for granted…unless they hurt.
So today’s Tuesdays with MOJO is dedicated to foot health.
Together, your two feet contain more than 50 bones, which accounts for about one-fourth of all the bones in your body. There are more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and help them move.
That’s pretty incredible, right? They are the body’s foundation and ground us both physically and energetically.
My husband has planters fasciitis , which can yield excruciating heel pain during a flare up.
Foot ailments can range from chronic issues like that, to bunions, hammertoe, athletes foot, fungus, blisters or ingrown toenails (to name just a few).
Musculoskeletal issues like hip, back, knee, neck pain and headaches can be traced back to your feet, and shin splints are often a result of footwear.
And since they’re far from your heart, if you have poor circulation or plaque buildup, your body has to work harder to get oxygenated blood to your feet, causing other issues.
I do love my beautiful heels, but I feel it when I wear them. On those days, I usually either take taxis or wear comfy shoes and switch into them when I get to my destination.
The biggest step to avoid developing foot issues is to wear proper footwear for YOU. I say for you, as we all have different feet and what is one’s Cinderella slipper is another’s wicked stepmother nightmare.
Consider following these guidelines:
- Wear heels in moderation, and add cushioning within and/or on the sole
- When purchasing athletic footwear, consult with a specialist to be sure you get the right fit. Serious sport stores like The Runner’s Shop hire sales people who are athletes themselves and can often speak to particular issues
- For my walk, I bought new sneakers and an insole that worked wonders
- Compression socks often help with things like planters fasciitis
- Stretch, stretch and stretch. Especially those calves!
- Look out for flip-flops. They have no support, and count on your big toe to hold everything together – not a good combination!
- Spend time standing and walking to tune up and exercise your feet. Start slow, and work your way up in increments.
If issues don't resolve themselves, see a podiatrist
Importantly, if foot pain or issues come up, address them quickly. Foot pain increases your chances of leading a sedentary lifestyle, which has a whole other host of health issues associated with it. As you’ve likely heard, sitting is the new smoking!
So respect those tootsies and give them some love via:
- self-massage (check out a self –massage video and foot meditation video here
- rolling on a golf, tennis or therapy ball
- wearing shoes that fit properly
- slipping on comfy slippers for around the house
- icing (when inflamed)
- just elevating them up to alleviate swelling
So hug your feet today and they for sure will love you tomorrow.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™