Are your feet fatigued? The feet are a pivotal part of the body. They provide mobility, support, and stability through our everyday activities. And yet, many of us do very little to help our tired, aching feet.
Harmful habits such as wearing unsupported, ill-fitted shoes, standing for prolonged periods of time, or exercising in worn-out sneaks can mess with the mechanics of your feet, making your entire body prone to imbalances and injury. When your foot health declines, common conditions occur, such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, hammer toe, or even stress fractures. And when this occurs, misalignments begin to branch up the body, negatively affecting the knees, hips, and lower back. In other words, when your feet stop working, so do you.
Healthy feet are essential for the well-being of the whole body. So stop dragging your feet and finally put your best foot forward with these simple practices:
Kick your heels up. The most obvious and easiest way to help tired feet is to give them a rest when possible. If your job requires long hours of standing or walking, it’s important to tend to tired tootsies once you are home. Simple self-care remedies include soaking your feet in a warm tub or giving them a soothing massage. You don’t need to book a pricey pedicure or spa day to relieve tension and relax muscles. This can be accomplished with just a tennis ball. Here’s how:
Polished nails. While it should go without saying, always trim your toenails. Falcon-like feet can lead to problems such as ingrown toenails. Repetitive force from the front of your shoes can also place considerable pressure on the nail bed, causing the nail to bubble and fall off. Ingrown nails and nail-less toes make this area susceptible to dangerous infections.
If the shoe fits. Healthy feet provide the vital gifts of proper posture, gait and balance. So when feet are dressed in shoddy shoes that provide little to no support, it’s no surprise that they suffer. When purchasing sneakers, consult an associate at a store that specializes in athletic shoes. They can help assess whether you tend to over pronate or over supinate when stepping, or if you have a high or sunken arch. Your shoe should be designed to fit specific to your purpose, whether that be running, walking, cycling, or for everyday, around-the-house use.
Physical foot-ness. Sometimes the arch of the foot falls or flattens. This can occur for a number of reasons, such as obesity, pregnancy, arthritis, or aging.
But just like any other area of the body, the feet need a fitness routine to stay strong. By implementing arch-aiding exercises, you can improve your foot’s ability to support and balance your body weight.