We remember to care for our hair, our skin, our cars, but seems like we often forget to invest in our feet – the guys who hold us up all day, who cool us down when we’re hot, who absorb the first waves of shock when we walk, jump and dance. And we thank them by squeezing them into small, sometimes dirty, low quality shoes. And yet we are confused when knee, back, neck problems surface and wonder who invited foot odor, cracked or calloused skin, corns, fungus, ingrown toenails, fungus, or fallen arches which all can lead to reduced mobility and function. The good news is that many of these ailments can be avoided, but if left unattended to, these problems can worsen with age.
First, a little info that should help you respect your tooters:
- Each foot has 20 muscles, 26 bones (representing 25% of the body), 33 joints, over 100 tendons and over 6,o00 nerves that run through the body/land here. A lot can go wrong here!
- The feet are the most porous surface on the body and contain over 150,000 sweat glands per foot and can produce as much as 1/2 pint of sweat a day!
- We average 10,000 steps per day.
- When running, the pressure we apply to our feet can be up to 4x our body weight.
- Backaches, headaches, indigestion and spine alignments can often be traced to problems with the feet.
- Women are 4x more likely than men to develop foot problems.
Next, here’s what you can do to care for our brave soldiers who endure so much.
- Keep your feet clean by washing every day and moisturize with cocoa butter lotions.
- Wear clean, fitted shoes and keep your feet dry (good socks also help wick away moisture).
- Walk on grass or sand to allow the muscles in your feet to get exercise (be careful not to step on dangerous materials).
- Soak your feet in epsom salts to help draw out toxins that accumulate in the feet thanks to all those nerve endings and gravity.
- Massage your feet regularly to relax the muscles and break up any calcified deposits (often in reflexology), as well as give them a good regular inspection.
Schedule an appointment in our foot sanctuary and take your first steps towards regular foot health. Honor and care for the feet that will carry you far!