Whether you’re running, jumping, climbing, or simply getting from Point A to Point B in life, your feet are there to support you every step of the way. When you think about all the bones, joints, and ligaments that are entwined throughout your feet and just how much you depend on their unwavering support; it’s important to treat your feet to some extra TLC every so often. So if you think it might be time to give some attention to your most mobile body part, here are three ways you can keep those feet of yours healthy and happy.
Wear Proper Shoes
When it comes to your feet, wearing the right type of shoes that fit your feet is imperative. By selecting shoes that fit your foot shape, size, and length, you’re eliminating potential issues that can develop from ill-fitting shoes.
Exercise Your Feet
Our feet are comprised of bones, muscles, and ligaments, and it’s important to keep them strong through regular exercise just like all other body parts. Without proper exercise, the muscles in your feet become weak, which can throw off your balance and even effect your posture.
Here are a few great exercises you can start off with while you’re waiting for that coffee to brew:
Foot Circles – Start by making wide circles with your foot clockwise, and then counter-clockwise. Do 1 set of 20 circles each direction to start off and increase to 3 sets as you go along.
Calf Raises – Balance yourself by holding onto a counter or wall for balance, lift one leg up slightly in front of you and raise yourself on the other leg on your tippy-toes. Hold this for 10 seconds, lower the leg and repeat again for 20 raises per leg. This is a great exercise that improves the stretch and flexibility of your feet and calf muscles, which of course, are all connected.
Toe Grip – Whether it’s a towel, sock or anything else you think you can grasp, try and use your toes to pick the item up and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 20 times.
Having a good foot massage, whether you do it yourself or have someone else do it for you, is a great way to give all those supportive muscles some relief. Make time to give them a good rub every week.
Exercising your feet, wearing the right type of shoes for support, and even incorporating simple everyday routines such as massaging, are all great ways to easily keep your feet healthy and happy.