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Show Your Feet Some Love

By Donna Stark

We neglect a lot of things that we probably shouldn't. Things like those weeds growing alongside the house, the dust that is building up on our shelves, and the laundry pile that continues to grow up and out of our hampers. And while those things can be an eyesore for a period of time or keep us from wearing our favorite outfits whenever we want, at some point or another we do eventually tend to them. But what about the things that we neglect for years? What happens when we neglect the really important things in our life? Things like our feet.

Show Your Feet Some Love

Do you know how important it is to maintain the health of your feet? How often do you show them some love?When the muscles in your feet become stiff or weak, you may be setting yourself up for some serious health issues. Take a look.

  • Changes in walking patterns
  • Balance issues
  • Misalignments
  • Foot, back, and joint pain

While many people think that these issues are a normal part of the aging process, they may actually be caused by the shoes we wear. How, you wonder? After all, aren't shoes meant to protect our feet? Well, yes, they are, but they also create an environment that prevents our feet from moving the way they were designed to.

The Problem With Shoes

Unfortunately, most shoes are designed to be restrictive and when movement is limited, joint stiffness, tissue rigidity, and muscle atrophy occur. If you have ever worn a cast or splint, you know what I mean, and the same can be said for shoes. You want to remove those restrictions so your feet can move and function at their best. But what can you do? You certainly can't walk around barefoot everyday, can you? Instead, you need to show your feet some love every chance you get. Here are a few ideas.

  • Go barefoot when possible - Ditch the shoes when you are home or outside. Enjoy the feeling of being barefoot in the grass, sand, or gravel. Just be mindful of where you are stepping!
  • Exercise your feet - That's right ... you can actually exercise your feet! Grab some marbles and pick them up with your toes, or consider doing toe lifts and presses a couple of times a week.  
  • Roll your feet - Using a small ball with your foot on top, roll your foot back and forth and side to side. Continue for a couple of minutes, then repeat on the other foot.

Improved Foot Health, Better Overall Health

If you're looking to improve your overall mobility and wish to reduce your risk of future injury, stop neglecting your feet! By establishing a daily habit of showering your feet with love, care, and attention you will be able to keep your whole body in-tune!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sunset Hills, Mo.

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