Feet are the most abused and ignored part of our anatomy.
Through improper footwear, and constant pounding on hard flat surfaces, our feet take a lot of wear and tear.
Most adults have abused feet, caused by ill-fitted shoes. There are no shoes on the market that truly conform to the outline of the human foot – this is obvious if you just place your shoe beside your foot and compare the shape. Another factor is that one foot may be slightly larger than the other.
High-heeled shoes are probably the worst culprits as they affect the body weight, balance, and spine.
Synthetic shoes should also be avoided as they do not ventilate, thus increasing the risk of fungal infection. Rubber and plastic shoes will stifle the feet.
Low-heeled, lightweight, leather or natural fiber shoes are the best. So choose your shoes carefully; your health depends on it.
*Tip: shop for shoes in the late afternoon or evening after any foot swelling has occured.
Socks made of synthetic materials should be avoided, as they increase the likehood of sweating. Choose cotton or wool rather than nylon.
Exercising You Feet
Regular foot exercise will not only keep the feet in good shape, but can also combat deformities.
There are some simple, easy exercises which can be done at home or the office, which will be beneficial to the feet and should be practiced whenever the opportunity arises:
*Rotate the feet to limber them up.
*To tone up the ligaments and tendons, pick up marbles with the toes.
*To strengthen the arches, stand with your feet flat on the floor and curl the toes under.
Walking is the best and simplest form of exercise. Walk barefoot as often as possible to allow your feet to recover from the confinement of shoes. Barefooted people are less likely to develop foot deformaties. A barefoot walk on the beach, grass or bare earth brings the feet into contact with the earth and the energies that flow through it to provide a revitalizing, energizing and natural massage.
The feet transport us through our entire life.
So, if we can begin to think of them as the “tires” on our car…we would realize the importance of taking proper care of our “treads.”
Allowing them to give our life…many more happy and healthy miles.
Be well feet!
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Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Art of Reflexology” – Inge Dougans with Suzanne Ellis
Photo: Debbie in California